Betsy Heuer! If you’ve had anything to do with Federation’s women’s programs over the last 45 years, you know Betsy. Betsy, forever young, bubbly, blonde (and very Jewish). Who else but Betsy can start a meaningful conversation with a total stranger in a parking lot? Who else but Betsy can walk into almost any coffee shop in Israel’s Jezreel Valley and likely find three people she knows? A lively and colorful storyteller (and a compassionate listener), Betsy loves a microphone on a tour bus, a spot on the stage of community theater, a place at the table where she can speak her mind (and doesn’t have to cook). Despite her claim to be a “canasta-playing, weekly salon hair blow-out, hovering stereotypical Jewish mother,” Betsy is anything but typical in her lifetime service to the Jewish community through her many leadership roles with Federation. This is her story. Prepare to smile.
If ever you wonder what inspires leadership at Jewish Federation, ask Randi Sakwa. An energetic and highly motivated volunteer since her early days with Federation’s TOV Volunteer Network, Randi now serves on the Boards of Federation and its Women’s Philanthropy. Her heart in Israel – and a frequent visitor there with family and friends closely tied to Michigan’s Partnership Region of the Central Galilee - Randi is fully committed to her work as Co-chair of the Parternship2Gether Steering Committee and its programming, now celebrating 25 years of fellowship and accomplishment. Beyond her service to Federation, Randi is Vice President of the West Bloomfield Board of Education and a member of the Boards of JCRC/AJC and Hillel of Metro Detroit. Additionally, she is a participant in the prestigious Shalom Hartman Detroit Leadership Program and a Graduate Fellow of the Legacy Heritage OnBoard Detroit Cohort (2019).