NEXTGen Detroit’s New President Ilana Block has been juggling career, family and community since she moved back to Detroit in 2009. Why? Because building a strong Jewish future in Detroit isn’t just in her blood — it’s in her heart.
There are a lot of moving parts to running Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit (JSL), and fortunately, for the community, the engine running the agency is Nancy Heinrich, Chief Executive Officer. Walking through the $9 million renovation at the Harriet & Ben Teitel Apartments, located on the A. Alfred Taubman Jewish Community Campus in Oak Park – one of seven residential apartment communities in the JSL family, Nancy notes, “There are 850 residents in our care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are our family, our community. They have placed their trust in our work and they have placed their lives in our hands and yes, it’s weighty. But the responsibility is also so rewarding. I think the hardest thing for anyone in my seat is the fact that you want every single person in your care to be happy – every single day. And you know that just isn't possible.
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.
She has a smile that lights up a room. She laughs easily and often. A petite brunette in jeans and a ponytail, working with teens, she’s easily mistaken for a big sister rather than a mom of three. Given her boundless energy at 43, Rachel Grey Ellis has found the perfect match for her professional and personal skills in her role as Senior Regional Director at BBYO, a position she has held since 2015.
As his former title at Quicken Loans suggests, “V.P. of Miscellaneous Stuff,” David Carroll has done it all: Mortgage Operations, Legal Affairs, Corporate Compliance, Technology Advancement, Facilities Design, Real Estate, Human Resources, Community Affairs, Government Relations, Detroit Advocacy and Philanthropy. Claiming an early “retirement” in 2016 after 25 years at the epicenter of the company that’s changing the landscape of downtown Detroit, David brings his business acumen and passion for community service to JARC – stepping up from his role as President of the Board to serve as “Chief Executive Change Agent” and Interim CEO.
Is there a giving gene? What is it that inspires selfless acts of kindness, and can those be nourished from generation to generation? Meet Dana Burnstein, Lori Taylor and Jordyn Taylor, three generations who share the enterprise of the Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic.
Dr. Burnstein was a cardiologist who had a kind heart and a big of dream. In 1997, he started a free clinic in a homeless shelter in Pontiac, Michigan. There, in a space no larger than a closet, he provided care to hundreds of needy and uninsured patients for nearly five years. In 2003, Dr. Burnstein passed away, leaving the legacy of the clinic to his wife, Dana, his son, Ian, and daughter, Lori, along with friends, volunteers, supporters and generous donors. This is their story . . . a story of family, community, caring and giving.