Mark Adler

Where Leadership Counts

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020 — within hours after the first two cases of COVID-19 in Michigan were reported — Mark Adler was on the job at Federation, meeting with the security staff. “There were four of us around the table, so we didn’t need much Purell at the time,” he tells us. But clearly, the gravity of what was about to unfold in the course of the day and the weeks to come weighed heavily on his mind. 

Scott Kaufman

Leap of Faith

Amidst the flurry of congratulatory calls and casual drop-by visitors to his office, it’s clear everyone still wants a moment of Scott Kaufman’s time. Those who have come to know him best — those who have been energized, motivated and inspired by his friendship, partnership and leadership — certainly will miss him as he steps away from his day-to-day role as Federation’s CEO.

Here for Good

Here for Good in 5780

A New Jewish Year. A New Annual Campaign. A New Video Celebrating Community

Jeff Forman

Medical Miracle

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.  

Beverly Liss

From the Heart of Texas

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. 

Rachel Grey Ellis

BBYO Lifer

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.

The Chosen

Jewish Detroit’s web developer, Herb Hanson is named the recipient of the 2016 “Norm and Susie Pappas Award for Innovative Ideas” that enhance the work of Federation.

Linda Z. Klein

Living the Legacy

She grew up on Velvet peanut butter and Krun-Chee potato chips – her father’s industry and inspiration. Daughter of Velvet Peanut Butter Company founder, Paul Zuckerman, Linda Z. Klein proudly maintains the Z in her name — her signature signifying her family legacy and her longtime role as a community leader, fundraiser and philanthropist.

Meet Stacy Doctoroff

After her first (and only) marathon run in 2008, Stacy Doctoroff turned in her running shoes for other equally focused pursuits: returning to school; earning her Master’s degree and credentials as a licensed therapist; starting a private practice; and stepping up to more and more challenging roles in the Jewish community. “My commitments grow out of my passions,” she says.