And the Winner is…Federation Announces Annual Awards

April 24, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

*Continued from a previous announcement from Douglas Bloom, President, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

Announcing the 2013 Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Lifetime Achievement and Young Leadership Award winners:

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Ron CharfoosRonald B. Charfoos is a man who loves people. He cares about others and throughout his life he has demonstrated this concern by getting involved in community. Ron has spent much of his life investing his time, energy and resources to make the world a better place.  He has assumed several leadership positions with Federation, the Foundation and our partner agencies, guided by his belief that we must all work together to achieve shared goals. He has left his mark on this community and on the communal organizations in which he has been involved including Tamarack Camps, the Jewish Federation and Yad Ezra.

Barbara_IrvingBarbara & Irving Nusbaum are a dynamic duo! They find great joy in reaching out to those in need, helping in whatever way they can. They are true role models whose sensitivity and kindness inspire us all. For them, their greatest pleasure comes from giving, whether to individuals, families or organizations. In particular, they worked tirelessly on behalf of the New Americans, Jews from the former Soviet Union, helping them with jobs, engaging them in Jewish rituals and raising funds for Operation Exodus. Following in the tradition of their parents, they have supported numerous organizations including JARC, Jewish Family Service/Resettlement Service and Bar Ilan University, to mention just a few.

Young Leadership Award:

Ilana-LissMark Family Award – Ilana Liss is a community activist who leads by example. She cares deeply about our Jewish community and has dedicated countless hours to Federation and its Young Adult Division (the predecessor to NEXTGen). In particular, Ilana is known as a woman who sets clear goals, leads by example and engages others in the important work of the community. She has earned the respect of her fellow Board members and always focuses on the positive, promoting and nourishing Jewish life in Detroit. Ilana has assumed numerous leadership roles including President, Young Adult Division, member of the Federation Executive Committee and Co-chair of the YAD Liaison and Leadership Development Committee.

ashefmanSylvia Simon Greenberg Award – Amy Shefman is a young woman with a bright smile and boundless energy. She is passionate about the Jewish community and about Federation’s Women’s Department, in particular. Since 2007, she has assumed many leadership roles in the department, working to nurture and educate others. Through her thoughtful approach to committee work, she has earned the respect of her co-workers, many of whom are twice her age. Above all, she is a strong solicitor for Federation’s Annual Campaign, always a willing participant in fundraising activities. Amy is a Vice-President of the Women’s Department, Co-chair of Food for Thought and Past Co-chair of the Community Connections Program.

dkramerFrank A. Wetsman Award – David Kramer is driven by a strong need to “give back” to the community. He is a hard-working, dedicated volunteer with a keen appreciation for how Federation, its partner agencies and other organizations help and empower people to succeed. He consistently demonstrates both concern for vulnerable populations and a true desire to preserve and enhance the services that are critical to so many. His many leadership roles include Chair of the Orchards Children Services, Past President of the Young Adult Division (the predecessor to NEXTGen) and Board member of both the Jewish Federation and the United Jewish Foundation.

Bernard L. Maas Prize:
For Achievement in Jewish Culture and Continuity
in the area of Humanities

David MagidsonDavid Magidson received his PhD in Theatre, with a minor in Communication, from the University of Utah. In 1991, upon his arrival in Detroit, he assumed the position of Dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Theatre at Wayne State teaching play writing, directing and other graduate courses. Additionally, Dr. Magidson served as the Founding Director of the Lenore Marwil Film Festival from 1998—2009 and presently serves as the Artistic Director of JET, the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. He is a committed artist/educator who enjoys integrating the arts with other disciplines.

The community is welcome to join Federation’s Awards night on Thursday, May 30th, 5:15 pm at the Berman Theater: Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus 6600 W. Maple Road West Bloomfield, MI 48322

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