All in: That’s Scott Kaufman. Absolutely, positively, whole-heartedly, Scott has been all in at the helm of the Detroit Federation. It’s been 10 years, a long time in a challenging job. And now? He’s stepping away from his day-to-day role in an astonishing, bold move. Call it a mid-career reboot – a self-imposed opportunity to reset his focus on community initiatives in development and see them to fruition. “Jewish communal work is in my blood,” Scott says. “I was the right leader for the times, but the time is right for me to step aside and share the lessons I’ve learned. Federation is in a great place for others to step in and lead in new directions. I’m not walking away from our community. I remain here for our community. And all in.”
Who better to describe the science of medicine and the inexplicable miracles of life than a nationally recognized radiation oncologist who had a near-fatal diagnosis of bone marrow cancer? A thankful patient returned to health, Jeffrey D. Forman, MD is an inspiration to many today. An academician, a mentor, a community leader, a physician on a life-changing mission, Jeff now continues his work as the first Medical Director of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network.
Listen carefully and you still hear that Texas lilt in her voice. From Corpus Christi, Beverly Liss has committed herself wholeheartedly to Jewish Detroit since moving to the community 45 years ago. For her beloved husband, Arthur, for her family and close friends –those who have watched and lauded her community work and steady rise through the ranks of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit - it comes as no surprise that Beverly Liss is Federation’s 28th President – with the distinction of being the third woman to hold that office.
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.