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.
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.