“Be the change you want to see.” These are the words emblazoned in neon letters in Jim Bellinson’s office place at Riverstone Communities. These are the words Carolyn Bellinson turns into action every day in her role as President of Hebrew Free Loan. These are the words that speak volumes about the Bellinsons - their enterprise, hospitality and creativity, their longtime community leadership and philanthropy and, most recently, their vision in starting up Brilliant Detroit – a model for transforming Detroit’s high-need neighborhoods into community hubs dedicated to kids’ success in school and healthy stable families.
For a self-described “homebody at heart” originally from Huntington Woods, Sarah Allyn certainly knows her way around the neighborhoods in the city. Thrilled to partner with organizations like NEXTGen Detroit, The Well,
Detroit Jews for Justice, Hillel of Metro Detroit, the Downtown Synagogue, Yad Ezra, Gleaners, Hazon, Project Healthy Community and Brilliant Detroit, Sarah is making her mark as a charismatic leader, an energetic organizer, a community builder, an innovative educator, a teen mentor and volunteer recruiter – all facets of her role as Executive Director of Repair the World Detroit.
She loves Christmas for its festivity. He loves Yom Kippur for its solemnity. He’s Catholic married to a Jew. She’s a Democrat married to a Republican. Conservative. Liberal. Activist. Zionist. Harvard-Grad/ Attorney. Exec. V.P/ Biz Owner. Multi-Cultural. Intermarried. Parents, first and foremost, preparing their children for a complex world, Alicia and Jeff Chandler have embraced their individuality in a marriage that defies labels and celebrates their unity - through their abiding love, their faith in the strength of family and their commitment to the greater good of the community.
What’s in a title? For Randy Gawel - new Director of General Studies at Frankel Jewish Academy (FJA) - it was not the office, but the community of the school with all its opportunities open to students that influenced him to join the staff this year. It was a decision not easily made after eight fulfilling years as Principal of Berkley High School. But Randy and his wife, Leah, both Frankel parents themselves, can attest that his move to FJA was the right step in an academic career where he has always thrived; a natural leader, a gifted educator, warm and welcoming to all, and ever focused on the well-being of students.
Founding Partner of Bar Processing (a major steel processor for automotive parts); Past President of Federation and the Jewish Community Center; astute fundraiser, strategic community planner and avid supporter of Israel; naming sponsor the Loving Acts of Kindness Fund and JCC’s annual “Matzah Factory.” An aficionado of model trains since childhood, proud to become a Bar Mitzvah at the age of 63. Ever learning, ever curious, always dapper in his signature specs. This is Douglas Bloom, recipient of Federation’s highest honor, the 2018 Fred M. Butzel Memorial Award.
She has the brains of an engineer, the heart of a social worker, the gentle soul of a Jewish educator . . . and the spunk and determination of a roller derby athlete (Detroit Roller Derby, #314). For her “derby-girl” role on the track, her three children fondly have given her the name “Mad-Eye” (a tribute to Harry Potter). In her leading role as Coordinator of The Jewish Fund Teen Board, Martha Goldberg has touched and changed hundreds of lives, bringing a new generation of social activists together to practice their skills in leadership and advocacy and leave their mark as grant- makers in service to the community.