Israel

David Kurzmann
September 28, 2017

Advocate, Activist, Agent of Change

Jewish Detroiter and quintessential communal professional, David Kurzmann returned to Detroit in 2015 to join the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) as its Executive Director after nearly a decade of service to the Chicago Jewish community. With credentials proven to be impeccable for the job, David, 31, is the youngest in Federation’s agency network of top executives. His homecoming marks an exciting new path forward for the agency, now working in partnership with the American Jewish Committee – as JCRC/AJC – to better serve as the voice and leading public affairs representative of our Jewish community on both the local and global stages.

Dr. Joel Kahn
May 30, 2017

High Tech, High Touch, High Fiber

On a personal quest to prevent heart attacks one fork and plate at a time, Dr. Joel Kahn religiously practices what he preaches. A committed kosher vegan and holistic cardiologist, he is teaching and leading the ways to health and vitality as the Founder and Director of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity - and additionally, as a professor, medical columnist and commentator, top-selling author and proud owner and “Nice” (not Vice) President of GreenSpace Café.

Linda Z. Klein
September 1, 2016

Living the Legacy

She grew up on Velvet peanut butter and Krun-Chee potato chips – her father’s industry and inspiration. Daughter of Velvet Peanut Butter Company founder, Paul Zuckerman, Linda Z. Klein proudly maintains the Z in her name - her signature signifying her family legacy and her longtime role as a community leader, fundraiser and philanthropist.

Linda was 21 and newly wed to Tom Klein when she attended her first Federation Annual Meeting. She vividly recalls that Irwin I. Cohn was named that year as the recipient of Federation’s highest honor - the Butzel Award – the award her father would receive in 1969. This is Linda’s year. Recognized for more than four decades of outstanding service to Federation, greater Detroit and to Israel, Linda is one of the rare and few: a second generation Fred M. Butzel Memorial Awardee.

September 1, 2016

Turning 10 Days of Travel into Lifelong Friendships

NEXTGen Detroit’s Mifgash Program Reunites Israeli and American Birthright Alumni in Detroit

Geoff Kretchmer
June 1, 2016

Star Power

With a Masters of Psychology and a brilliant mind for business, Geoff Kretchmer is Partner at Local Kitchen & Bar in Ferndale and President, Managing Partner, Chief Executive Community Builder and Hand-Holder at Star Trax Events, the #1 social entertainment company in the Detroit market.

June 1, 2016

Battling the Hydra-Headed BDS Beast

My first anti-BDS battle took place at the 2007 annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, the 35,000-member organization for literature and foreign language teachers. There already had been anti-Israel divestment resolutions at Berkeley, Harvard, MIT and a few other schools, but this was the first major drive at a national faculty association.We debated the […]

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