They finish each other’s sentences. They describe their life as Perfect. Chaos. Typical. Jewish. Blessed. Two busy professionals, never too busy for their leading roles as parents and Jewish community volunteers. This is Ilana Liss, Managing Director at Schechter Wealth . . . and Zachary Liss, MD, Pediatric Urologist, Michigan Institute of Urology . . . a NEXTGen Detroit couple, committed to building community and leading by example.
As long as he can remember, Scott Wasserman has been a techie. “I have always been into computers, gadgets, gizmos—anything with an on button.” At 17, Scott turned pro as the videographer for Tamarack Camps, and there he fell in love with the magic of storytelling. Honing his skills in Media Arts and Technology at MSU, Scott launched his own company while still in college. Today he runs Flow Video (formerly Visioned Media), a video marketing and production company he co-founded three years ago with his fraternity brother, Alex Scharg. With a growth spurt into the New York area and a recent project in Geneva, Switzerland, Scott’s company has gone global. On the move and “always on,” yet firmly rooted in Jewish Detroit, Scott indeed is an emerging young leader to watch, friend and follow.
Could she have been a rabbi? Sherrie Singer’s lifelong love of Jewish learning certainly points in that direction. “I’ve been mentored and molded by rabbis my entire life,” she notes, “but I’ve chosen a different path.” From Federation’s executive track in Women’s Philanthropy to the boards of Temple Israel, BBYO, ORT and Hillel of Metro Detroit, from her weekly study circle of Melton grads to her present cohort of Wexner Fellows, from Thread (the nonprofit she created with friends to connect and inspire Jewish women), now to her seat at the Hebrew Union College Board of Overseers, Sherrie has indeed found her voice - not at a pulpit, but on the platform of an outstanding community leader in Jewish Detroit.
From a one-man shop to a full-service marketing agency scaling heights for clients and building fast companies . . . this is Josh Gershonowicz, Founder and CEO of Rebuild Group, headquartered in New Center, Detroit. A graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Detroit program, a blog contributor on the Huffington Post, Josh now leads a diversely creative team with unparalleled insight into the digital age of marketing and communications. A rising NEXTGen star with a head for business and the heart of a philanthropist, Josh is indeed one to watch, “friend and follow."
“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.