Danielle DePriest

The Next Generation for NEXTGen Detroit

Danielle DePriest, President of Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit, says millennials are ready to do their part for the community—but it may look different than how their parents did it.

Spencer Lucker

The Perfect Stranger

Not long ago, Spencer Lucker was new in town. Now he’s at its center, rethinking how NEXTGen Detroit can welcome and meaningfully engage with other young adults.


All In

From teaching a computer to solve a Rubik’s Cube, to a software engineering internship with The Boeing Company, to a JD from MSU College of Law, to his calling in patent law, Keith Schonberg has developed an impressive resume.

The Leket Family

The Right Stuff

Born in Jerusalem, son of former Israeli emissaries who served in the U.S; raised in the Israeli Youth Movement; nine years a pilot and flight instructor in the Israeli Air Force; eight years a high school teacher and mentor for youth-at-risk in Tel Aviv; an educator with a Master’s of Philosophy; what better creds for our emissary from Israel, Yiftah Leket?

Tomer Moked

Life Coach

So far, so good . . . Michigan winters and Detroit drivers haven’t bothered Tomer Moked, not a bit. “Driving in Michigan is a little like driving in Israel,” he says, “Everyone is in a rush, but they know where they want to go.” Moving from Israel to Michigan into the heart of the Detroit Jewish community, Tomer maintains that he’s found “a dream come true” in his new position as Federation’s Director of NEXTGen Detroit.

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.

Matt Ran

Next Gen Rising

A born leader: Matt Ran is Past President (and an EPIC fundraiser) for Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit. Now Co-chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, Matt is also V.P. of Michigan ORT and a member of the boards of Federation, Yad Ezra and the JCC of Metro Detroit. And he also has a day job.

Ilana and Zachary Liss

“We’re a Team”

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.