Volunteerism Archives - My Jewish Detroit

Mitzvah Day
December 5, 2019

Mitzvah Day: A Detroit Tradition

It’s been a Christmas Day tradition for more than two decades.

Scott Kaufman
November 1, 2019

Leap of Faith

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.”

October 1, 2019

Here to Serve

Our Thanks to Jewish War Veterans of Michigan for Their Service Beyond Measure

Sarah Allyn
January 1, 2019

The Power of Community Service

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.   

Doug and Barbara Bloom
October 1, 2018

Man of Steel  

Founding Partner of Bar Processing (a major steel processor for automotive parts); Past President of Federation and the Jewish Community Center; astute fundraiser, strategic community planner and avid supporter of Israel; naming sponsor the Loving Acts of Kindness Fund and JCC’s annual “Matzah Factory.” An aficionado of model trains since childhood, proud to become a Bar Mitzvah at the age of 63. Ever learning, ever curious, always dapper in his signature specs. This is Douglas Bloom, recipient of Federation’s highest honor, the 2018 Fred M. Butzel Memorial Award.

August 31, 2018

A Feminist Retrospective on Volunteerism

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