Fourth generation Detroiters, married 37 years, Sue Ellen and Alan Jay Kaufman have been active and ardent supporters of educational, civic and Jewish communal causes since their days as young lawyers in Federation’s “Junior Division” and “Women’s Department.” Steadily and quietly through the years, they have dedicated their energies and resources where their hearts have led them: to Federation, Hillel Day School, Hebrew Free Loan (HFL), Cranbrook, JCC, Yad Ezra, Adat Shalom Synagogue, Frankel Academy, JARC, Jewish Studies at U-M and MSU, the Eli Broad College of Business at MSU, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Technion and Bar-Ilan University in Israel, the DIA, the Detroit Zoo.
As their names grace the rosters of so many organizations in Jewish Detroit and beyond, both Alan and Sue play active community leadership roles as well. Currently, Sue serves as Federation’s Campaign Chair of Women’s Philanthropy; Michigan Co-Chair of Birthright; Board Member of HFL and the Holocaust Memorial Center; and Committee Member of Federation’s Partnership2Gether and Missions to Israel. Alan is President Elect of the United Jewish Foundation, starting his term in mid-2017, and holds numerous posts on boards, including the Detroit Zoological Society, the Detroit Economic Club and Walsh College.
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.
Linda was 21 and newly wed to Tom Klein when she attended her first Federation Annual Meeting. She vividly recalls that Irwin I. Cohn was named that year as the recipient of Federation’s highest honor - the Butzel Award – the award her father would receive in 1969. This is Linda’s year. Recognized for more than four decades of outstanding service to Federation, greater Detroit and to Israel, Linda is one of the rare and few: a second generation Fred M. Butzel Memorial Awardee.