Celebrating Eight EPIC Years

NEXTGen Detroit, the young adult division of the Jewish Federation, returns to The Fillmore, in Detroit, on March 9 for their premiere annual fundraiser, EPIC. The event, brought to the community by Sue and Alan J. Kaufman and Family, is a true celebration of our community’s time-honored tradition of taking care of our fellow Jews and the commitment of EPIC guests to carry on that tradition as the young philanthropists of today.

“Our family has had the honor of being EPIC’s presenting sponsor for the last seven years,” said Alan J. Kaufman. “It has been nothing short of inspiring and exciting to watch EPIC grow over the years. It is very rewarding to see first-hand the generosity and enthusiasm that the next generation of proud Jewish Detroiters brings to our community.”

This year, EPIC attendees are invited to a cocktail hour with live music from Your Generation beginning at 8 PM before taking their seats in the historic theater for the main event. Ben Gurion Society donors of $1,000 or more also are invited to a VIP reception with an exclusive meet-and-greet with this year’s EPIC talent, Nikki Glaser.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nikki Glaser to the EPIC stage,” said EPIC Co-Chair Andrew Luckoff. “Nikki is one the most sought-after young comics right now, and it’s especially exciting because she will be the first ever female comic to headline this event.”

Nikki Glaser is the creator, executive producer and star of the popular Comedy Central series Not Safe w/ Nikki Glaser. Her first one-hour standup special, Perfect, premiered on Comedy Central in April 2016. More recently, her half-hour Netflix special, The Standups, premiered in July 2017 to rave reviews. Nikki also has a Sirius XM morning show, You Up with Nikki Glaser on Comedy Central Radio.

EPIC’s 2019 headlining talent, Nikki Glaser

In addition, she’s hosted the MTV late-night talk show Nikki and Sara LIVE and co-hosted the popular podcast You Had to Be There. She’s also made appearances on Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick, Inside Amy Schumer, The Roast of Rob Lowe and has been on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon multiple times.

“While the live standup show is always the highlight of EPIC, at the end of the evening it’s all about coming together to support the work of Federation and its partner agencies,” said EPIC Co-Chair Lesley Welwarth. “The funds raised each year at EPIC are critical in furthering the mission of the Federation, which is to take care of the needs of the Jewish people and build a vibrant Jewish future here in Detroit, in Israel and around the world.”

Over the last seven years, EPIC has contributed well over $1.5 million to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan’s Detroit Annual Campaign, last year raising nearly $300,000.

“Every year, the EPIC crowd is a mix of young people who have an understanding of the work of the Jewish Federation and those who may know very little about the impact this organization has on our community and communities across the globe,” said EPIC Co-Chair Adam Bleznak. “We want everyone to experience a fun and entertaining evening out, but we also take the opportunity to explain the importance of being a donor to the Federation because we want every young adult in that room to know the difference they are making.”

The importance of giving has been presented in numerous ways over the years. For the last two years, young Jewish Detroiters who have been impacted by the work of Federation and its partner agencies have addressed the room, sharing their personal and often poignant stories. And the EPIC message is hitting home, as the event welcomes an average of 100 new young adult donors to Federation’s Annual Campaign each year.

“Some people will initially make a donation just to come to the event and see the show, and that’s fine,” said NEXTGen Detroit President Ryan Landau. “But we want every guest to leave EPIC with a better understanding of how this community takes care of one another and feeling really good about the gift that they made.”

Registration for EPIC is open until Friday, March 1 at jewishdetroit.org/EPIC. Early registration is $60/person through February 18 and general registration is $75/person beginning February 19. All EPIC guests are required to make a minimum donation of $100 to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s 2019 Annual Campaign. This is a 21+ event and dietary laws will be observed.


Where to Go for High Holiday Services

Member of the tribe, just not a member of a synagogue?

Here are some options in Metro Detroit that are ready and willing to welcome you for High Holiday services this year.

Please note: this is not a fully comprehensive list of local congregations.

Adat Shalom Synagogue (Conservative)

Where: 29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Tickets: For non-affiliated individuals, tickets for services are available for purchase. For tickets, please contact Alan Yost. Family services are available to members and non-members at no charge. To make a reservation for family services, please contact Jodi Gross.

Contact: Alan Yost: 248-851-5100 or ayost@adatshalom.org | Jodi Gross: 248-851-5100

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 6 PM
  • September 10 – 8 AM, Tashlich 5:30 PM, Mincha/Maariv 6 PM
  • September 11 – 8 AM, Mincha/Maariv 8 PM
  • September 18 – Mincha 6:45 PM, Kol Nidre 7 PM
  • September 19 – 9 AM, Mincha/Ne’ilah/Maariv 5:30 PM, Shofar 8:15 PM
  • Family services on September 10, September 11, September 19. Contact the synagogue office or visit synagogue website for times.

Aish HaTorah Detroit (Traditional service, open to all affiliations)

Where: 25725 Coolidge Hwy, Oak Park

Tickets: $180/family for all High Holiday Services. Scholarships available.

Contact: Rabbi Simcha Tolwin at 248-327-3579

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 7:30 PM
  • September 10 and 11 – 10 AM to 12:15 PM
  • September 18 – 7:15 PM
  • September 19 – 10:30 AM to 1 PM, Yizkor 1:45 PM

Congregation Beth Ahm (Conservative)

Where: 5075 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322

Tickets: For security reasons, tickets are required for entry. They can be purchased until September 4. Tickets can be used for all holiday services and activities.

Contact: David Goodman at 248-851-6880 or dgoodman@cbahm.org

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – Mincha/Maariv 6 PM
  • September 10 – Shacharit 8:15 AM, Family Service 10 AM, Tashlich 5 PM, Mincha, Maariv 6 PM
  • September 11 – Shacharit 8:15 AM, Family Shofar Experience 10:30 AM, Mincha/Maariv 7:30 PM
  • September 18 – Mincha 3 PM, Kol Nidre 7:30 PM
  • September 19 – Shacharit 9 AM, Family Serive 10 AM, Yizkor 12 PM, Mincha 5:30 PM, Ne’ilah 7 PM, Shofar 8:20 PM

Temple Beth El (Reform)

Where: 7400 Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Tickets: $72/ticket donation. Should anyone have financial concerns, they are welcome to contact Temple Beth El, and they will make sure you are able to attend. Requests should be received by September 5 for Rosh HaShanah and September 14 for Yom Kippur.

Contact: Danielle Gordon at dgordon@tbeonline.org or 248-851-1100

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 8 PM
  • September 10 – Children’s Service 9:15 AM, Morning Service 10:30 AM, Tashlich 3:30 PM
  • September 18 – 8 PM
  • September 19 – Children’s Service 9:15 AM, Morning Service 10:30 AM, Learning with Rabbi Brudney 12:45 PM, Stories of Survival 1:45 PM, Afternoon Service 3:30 PM, Yizkor and Concluding Service 4:30 PM

Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative)

Where: 14601 West Lincoln Road, Oak Park, MI 48237

Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase for non-members. Based on non-members ability to pay, free tickets can be arranged. Members also have the opportunity to buy additional tickets as needed. Please reserve tickets by September 9.

Contact: Executive Director Sheldon L. Freilich at 248-547-7970

Dates and times:

  • September 9 -, 6 PM
  • September 10 – Shacharit 9 AM, Family Service 10:30 AM, Mincha 6 PM
  • September 11 – Shacharit 9 AM, Family Service 10:30 AM, Mincha 6:30 PM
  • September 18 – 7 PM
  • September 19 – Shacharit 9 AM, Family Service 10:30 AM, Mincha 5:15 PM, Ne’ilah 6:45 PM

Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (Humanistic)

Where: 28611 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Tickets: All are welcome! No tickets or reservations are required. Please check in at the Welcome Table.

Contact: Front Office at 248-477-1410

Dates and Times:

  • September 9 –Erev (Evening) Service 7:30 PM
  • September 10 –Morning Service 10:30 AM, Children’s Service 2 PM
  • September 16 –Memorial Garden Service 11 AM
  • September 18 –Erev (Evening) Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service 7:30 PM
  • September 19 –Morning Service 10:30 AM, Children’s Service 2 PM, Nizkor (“We
  • Will Remember”) Memorial Service 3:30 PM

B’nai Israel Synagogue (Conservative)

Where: Services located at Covenant Baptist Church, 5800 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI  48322

Tickets: Tickets may be purchased through the synagogue office and must be requested by September 2 to allow time for processing. For security purposes anyone wishing to attend services must obtain a ticket in order to be on the security list at the door.

Contact: 248-432-2729 or Info@bnaiisraelwb.org

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 6 PM
  • September 10 – 8 AM
  • September 11 – 8 AM
  • September 18 – Mincha 7 PM, Kol Nidre 7:15 PM
  • September 19 – 9 AM, Mincha/Ne’ilah 5:15, Havdalah 8 PM, Shofar 8:17 PM

Congregation B’nai Moshe (Conservative)

Where: 6800 Drake Road, West Bloomfield 48322

Tickets: Free family services open to the community at 11:15 AM on both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tickets for all services on sale to non-members.  Tickets need to be purchased before September 7.

Contact: Executive Director Steven Fine at 248-788-0600 or sfine@bnaimoshe.org

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 6 PM
  • September 10 – Morning Service 8:15 AM, Family Service 11:15 AM, Tashlich 5:30 PM, Evening Service 6 PM
  • September 11 – Morning Service 8:15 AM, Family Service 11:15 AM, Evening Service 7:45 PM
  • September 18 – Mincha 6:45 PM, Kol Nidre 7 PM
  • September 19 – Morning Service 9 AM, Family Service 11:15 AM, Teen Study 12:30 PM, Yizkor 12:45 PM, Study Session 4 PM, Mincha, Ne’ilah, Maariv and Havdalah 5:30 PM, Shofar 8:20 PM

The Chabad Jewish Center of Commerce (Orthodox)

Where: 810 Sleeth Rd., Commerce Twp., MI 48382

Tickets: No charge for services, donations appreciated.

Contact: Rabbi Schneor Greenberg at 248-363-3644

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 7:30 PM
  • September 10 – Morning Service 10 AM, Kids Program 11:30 AM, Shofar 12 PM, Kiddush lunch following services.
  • September 11 – Morning Service 10 AM, Kids Program 11:30 AM, Shofar 12 PM, Kiddush lunch following services.
  • September 18 – 7:30 PM
  • September 19 – Morning Service 10 AM, Kids Program 11:30 AM, Yizkor 12 PM, Mincha and Ne’ilah 6 PM

Temple Emanu-El (Reform)

Location: 14450 West Ten Mile Rd., Oak Park, MI 48237

Tickets: High Holidays service are open to the community at no charge (donations appreciated). For security purposes, and to park in Temple’s parking lot, all adults will need tickets. To obtain complimentary tickets, go to www.emanuel-mich.org or request through TempleFamily@emanuel-mich.org. Sukkot activities and services are also being offered, contact Temple Emanu-El for more details.

Contact: TempleFamily@emanuel-mich.org

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 5 PM
  • September 10 – Children’s Program 9 AM, Morning Services 10:30 AM, Taslich 7 PM
  • September 18 – 8 PM
  • September 19 – Children’s Program 9 AM, Morning Services 10:30 AM, Music Meditation 2 PM, Afternoon Service 3 PM, Yiizkor 4:15 PM, Ne’ilah/Havdalah 5 PM

Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (Egalitarian Conservative)

Where: Bethel Community Transformation Center, 8801 Woodward, Detroit

Tickets: Free services, no tickets needed.

Contact: 313-962-4047 or hello@downtownsynagogue.org

Dates and times:

  • September Family Service 4 PM, Ma’ariv 5:30 PM
  • September 10 – Sacharit 9 AM, Taslich at Milliken State Park 3 PM
  • September 11 – 9 AM
  • September 18 – 7 PM
  • September 19 – Shacharit 9:30 AM, Yizkor 12 PM
  • September 19 – (Evening services held at Greater New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 586 Owen St, Detroit, MI, 48202) Study Sessions 4 PM, Mincha 6 PM, Ne’ilah 7:15 PM, Shofar 8 PM

Temple Israel (Reform)

Where: 5725 Walnut Lake Rd West Bloomfield, MI 48323

Tickets: Temple Israel has several options for those interested in attending High Holiday services who are not current members. The Temple encourages anyone interested to reach out as soon as possible.

Contact: Judy Cocke at jcocke@temple-israel.org or -248-661-5700 extension 136

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 5 PM
  • September 10 – 9 AM, 11:30 AM or 2 PM
  • September 18 – 7 PM, 7:15 PM or 9 PM
  • September 19 – 9 AM, 11:30 AM or 2 PM

Kehillat Etz Chayim (Orthodox)

Where: Small chapel at Congregation Beth Shalom, 14601 Lincoln, Oak Park

Tickets: Free services, reservations requested.

Contact: etzchayimdetroit@gmail.com

Dates and times of services:

  • September 9 – Minchah 7:30 PM, Maariv 7:52 PM
  • September 10 – Shacharit 8:00 AM, Mincha 7:30 PM, Maariv 8 PM
  • September 11 – Shacharit 8:00 AM, Mincha 7:30 PM, Maariv 8:20 PM
  • September 18 – Minchah 4:00 PM, Kol Nidrei 7 PM
  • September 19 – Shacharit 9:00 AM, Neʿilah 6:45, Shofar 8:16 PM

Temple Kol Ami (Reform)

Where: 5085 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323

Tickets: Certain services require the purchase of a ticket and others do not. See the schedule below for this information.

Contact: Executive Director Cheryl Chaben Friedman at 248-661-0040

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 7:30 PM (Complimentary but reservation required, please call office.)
  • September 10 – Morning Service 10 AM (Tickets can be purchased.), Multi-Generational Worship Service 2:45 PM (No ticket required.)
  • September 18 – Kol Nidre 7:30 PM (Tickets can be purchased.)
  • September 19 – Morning Service 10 AM (Tickets can be purchased.), Afternoon Symposium 1 PM (No ticket required.), Multi-Generational Service or Study Seminar 2 PM (No ticket required.), Music and Mediation 3 PM (No ticket required.), Afternoon Torah and Haftorah Service 4 PM (No ticket required.), Yizkor 5 PM (No ticket required.)

Congregation Or Chadash (Modern Orthodox)

Where: 25401 Coolidge Hwy, Oak Park

Tickets: No reservations or tickets required.

Contact: Email info@or-chadash.org or visit  www.or-chadash.org

Dates and times:

  • September 9: Mincha 7:30 PM
  • September 10 – Shacharit 9 AM, Mincha at 7:25 PM
  • September 11 – Shacharit 9 AM, Mincha 7:25 PM
  • September 18 – Kol Nidrei 7:20 PM
  • September 19 – Shacharit 9 AM, Mincha 6:45 PM

Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Conservative)

Where: 27375 Bell Road, Southfield, MI 48034

Tickets: All guests are required to have a ticket. Tickets for children and young adults up to age 29 may be reserved at no charge. Any guest who is a member in good standing of another synagogue may receive a ticket with a letter from such synagogue confirming membership status. Ticket prices vary for all other guest tickets. Tickets may be reserved by 5 PM. on September 7.  Tickets reserved by August 31 will be mailed or may be picked up. Tickets reserved after August 31 may be picked up or will be available at the “WILL CALL.”

Contact: Jeri Fishman at 248-357-5544

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 5 PM
  • September 10 – Rosh Hashanah Services 8 AM, Youth Program/Services 9 AM, Taslich 4:30 PM, Mincha/Maariv 5:30 PM
  • September 11 – 8 AM Rosh Hashanah Services, Youth Program/Services 9 AM, Tiny Treasures Ceremony 12 PM, Mincha/Maariv 8 PM
  • September 18 – Mincha/Kol Nidre 6:45 PM
  • September 19, 2018 – Yom Kippur Services 8 AM, Youth Programs/Services 9 AM, Learning Sessions 3 PM, Mincha 5 PM, Ne’ilah, Ma’ariv and Havdalah 6:30 PM, Shofar 8:18 PM

Temple Shir Shalom (Reform)

Where: Temple Shir Shalom (TSS)– 3999 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI  48323; The Corners – 2075 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI  48323

Tickets: Tickets are available for all services but must be requested by Monday, September 17 for Yom Kippur.

 Contact: Email hhdtickets@shirshalom.org or call the office at 248-737-8700.

 Dates and times:

  • September 9 – TSS – 8 PM
  • September 10 – TSS – 10 AM
  • September 10 – Corners – 10 AM – Family Services for grades 1-6
  • September 10 – TSS – 3 PM – Pitzeleh Services for ages 0-6
  • September 18 – TSS – 8 PM – Kol Nidre
  • September 19 – TSS – 10 AM
  • September 19 – Corners – 10 AM – Family Services for grades 1-6
  • September 19 – TSS – 2:30 PM – Meditation Service
  • September 19 – TSS – 3 PM – Pitzeleh Service for ages 0-6
  • September 19 – TSS – 4 PM – Memorial and Concluding service

Congregation Shir Tikvah (Reform-Renewal)

Where: 3900 Northfield Parkway in Troy (South of Wattles between Crooks and Coolidge)

Tickets: A “gift from the heart” pledge with payment (in an amount of your choosing) entitles you to access to ticketed services as well as full membership rights for the year. Several services and activities that do not require tickets are also available. RSVP required by September 7 for Rosh Hashanah and September 14 for Yom Kippur services.

Contact: Executive Director Lorelei Berg at lorelei@shirtikvah.org or 248-649-4418 ext. 1

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 7:45 PM
  • September 10 – Morning Service 10 AM, Kids Service 2:30 PM, Young Family Service 4 PM
  • September 11 – Tashlich 11 AM, Potluck Picnic 12 PM
  • September 18 – 7:45 PM
  • September 19 – Morning Service 10 AM, Meditation 1:30 PM, Kids Service 2:30 PM, Adult Study Sessions 3 and 4 PM, Young Family Service 4 PM, Yizkor, Mincha and Ne’ilah 5:15 PM

The Shul – Chabad Lubavitch (Orthodox)

Where: 6890 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322

Tickets: Reservations are appreciated. All are welcome. To make a reservation, you can call or register online here

Contact: 248.788.4000

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 6:15 PM
  • September 10 – Morning Service 9 AM, Family Experience 10:45 AM, Shofar 11 AM, Evening Services and Tashlich 6:15 PM
  • September 11 – Morning Service 9 AM, Family Experience 10:45 AM, Shofar 11 AM, Evening Services 6 PM
  • September 18 – Kol Nidre 7:20 PM
  • September 19 – Yom Kippur Service 9:30 AM, Family Experience 10:45 AM, Yizkor 12 PM, Mincha and Ne’ilah 5:15 PM, Shofar 8:18 PM

Congregation T’chiyah and the Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit (Reconstructionist)

Where: Greater New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 586 Owen St, Detroit, MI, 48202

Tickets: Free, RSVP ASAP please.

Contact: Jake Ehrlich at tchiyahjake@gmail.com or 631-375-4066

Dates and times:

  • September 10 – 9:45 AM (Complimentary catered lunch to follow), Tashlich 3 PM September 11 – 9:45 AM
  • September 18 – 7:00 PM
  • September 19 – 9:45 AM, Yizkor between noon and 1 PM, Torah discussion 5:00 PM, Mincha 6 PM, Ne’ilah 7:15 PM

Woodward Avenue Shul (Orthodox)

Where: 25595 Woodward Ave. Royal Oak, MI 48067

Tickets: No charge for services, donations appreciated.

Contact: Rabbi Mendel Polter at 248-414-7485

Dates and times:

  • September 9 – 7:15 PM
  • September 10 – Morning Service 9 AM, Torah Readying 10:45 AM, Shofar 11:30 AM, Kids Program 11:45 AM, Kiddush Lunch 1 PM, Tashlich 6:30 (contact Rabbi Polter for location), Evening Service 7:30 PM
  • September 11 – Morning Service 9 AM, Torah Reading 10:45 AM, Shofar 11:30 AM, Kids Program 11:45 AM, Kiddush Lunch 1 PM, Evening Services 7:30 PM
  • September 18 – Kol Nidre 7:30 PM
  • September 19 – Morning Service 9 AM, Torah Reading 11 AM, Yizkor 11:45 AM, Mincha and Ne’ilah 5:45 PM, Breakfast (all are welcome) 8:17 PM

 

 

 


WHEN FRUITS COLLIDE

Look at these two. They could be brothers. Similar shape, similar size. But don’t get it twisted, one is a lemon and one is an etrog. Two very different citruses with two very different paths in life. Now that’s not to say they don’t have anything in common.

So who is who and what is what? Allow us to explain with the ultimate ETROG AND LEMON VENN DIAGRAM!
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Turning 10 Days of Travel into Lifelong Friendships

It sure does pay to be from Detroit. Good food, good music. Drive an hour and a half up north and instant vacation. But these perks pale in comparison to the benefits of being a young Jewish Detroiter on one of NEXTGen Detroit’s community Birthright trips. Because, while most Birthright trips travel to the same areas and iconic sites, a Detroit community trip has a special way of connecting our local young adults not only to the land of Israel…but to the people of Israel.

Since 2009, Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit has sent out two to three Detroit community Birthright trips every year for a total of 20 trips to date. During these free 10-day adventures, participants see and do things that aren’t offered on most standard Birthright trips, while the entire time being accompanied by young adults from Detroit’s Partnership Region in Central Galilee. And, when the trip is over, the journey is just beginning — and for many of Detroit’s Birthright alumni it starts with NEXTGen Detroit’s annual Mifgash week.

The journey continues

“Every year in August, Federation brings all of the Israelis from that year’s trips here to Detroit for an incredible Mifgash reunion,” said Sue Kaufman, Birthright Israel Foundation’s Regional Council Chair. “Our local participants host the Israelis in their homes, and together they spend a week exploring and learning about our local Jewish community while strengthening and solidifying the friendships that began while they were in Israel.”

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Mifgash is translated from Hebrew as “encounter” and is often used to describe the interaction between Israeli and American travelers on Birthright programs. But here in Detroit, an entire week is devoted to building real and lasting relationships between the young adults of Metro Detroit and the Central Galilee region.

“While the Birthright trip in Israel and the Mifgash program here in Detroit are two different experiences, there are a lot of parallels,” said Eviatar Baksis, NEXTGen Detroit’s Birthright Israel Expert. “For example, we see the Holocaust Memorial here and we visit Yad Vashem there. We have a home hospitality night in the Partnership Region in Israel, and we have our Israelis stay in homes here. In this way, we really see how similar our communities are and illustrate how we are all part of a global Jewish family.”

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Seventeen Israelis and over 50 Americans participated in the 8th Annual Mifgash week this past August, which included everything from a day-long tour of Detroit and visits to local Jewish agencies, to an all-American night of bowling and a day spent on the beach at Tamarack Camps.

“I feel that I have really good friends after this trip. Friends for life,” said Eli Katzir from Migdal HaEmek who participated on the June trip. “I think it’s amazing we’re here in America visiting the Jewish community in Detroit. In my opinion, the most incredible thing is the hospitality with the hosts. The families and friends are very welcoming, and it’s really fun to hang out and see a real family in America. And the city is beautiful. Downtown Detroit is an awesome place. All the history and rebirth of the city is very interesting to me.”

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Over the course of eight years, Federation has brought 160 young Israelis from the Partnership Region to Metro Detroit for Mifgash and engaged roughly 800 local participants. The friendships made through the Detroit community Birthright trips create a bridge between these two communities that has resulted in marriages, life-long friendships, job opportunities and, most importantly, a greater understanding and love between young Israeli and American Jews.

“Going on the Detroit community trip was such a unique experience. We’re able to take the connections we made home with us,” said Alex Seigel of West Bloomfield who participated on the June trip. “And it’s so cool to say I have friends in Israel now. I was so excited to have them come to Detroit and introduce them to our life here. And knowing I have friends in Israel that I can stay with really encourages me to go back.”

Registration for the upcoming Detroit Community Birthright (Dec. 26 – Jan. 6) trip is now open. Click here for more information or to register.


10 Memories [Almost] Every Metro Detroit Jewish Millennial Will Remember

Heading to Brody’s for a customized “Big Bertha” or “Ditty” bag to pack everything you need for a summer at camp.

Snow days, birthday parties, bar and bat mitzvahs — all special occasions called for a spirited game of Whirly Ball.

If you weren’t at Marvelous Marvin’s on a Saturday night, you were either babysitting or grounded.

Getting tickets for a concert or buying a newly released CD at Harmony House. And needing to bring a parent if there was a “Parental Advisory” sticker.

Earning all your Winter Walden patches and wearing them with pride.

Sundays with the family at the Franklin Cider Mill and feeding the ducks your donuts.

Starting off strong and staying in the lines at Plaster Playhouse or Fun with Plaster. Then losing all patience and going Jackson Pollack on a unicorn piggy bank.

Getting the most magical bat mitzvah dress at Cinderella’s Castle.

Wearing your NFWB jerseys on and off the field.

Learning how to sway, sway, step together step at Joe Cornell.


No Potatoes Allowed

To help make your Passover a little more exciting and a little less potato-dependent, we’ve scoured the Internet for the most delicious recipes that can be made chametz-free and won’t leave you feeling deprived of comfort carbs.

1

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Cauliflower “Bread”

Get the recipe here.

2

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Get the recipe here.

3

Portobello Mushroom Hamburger Buns

Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Noodle Recipes

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Eggplant Lasagna

Get the recipe here.

8

Carrot Fries

Get the recipe here.

9

Roast Beef and Cucumber Sandwich

Get the recipe here.

10

Pizza Frittata (Just skip the meat if you want to keep it kosher)

Get the recipe here.