Federation’s Distinguished Volunteers: Patti Morris Phillips and Michael Eizelman

October 2, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit is pleased to announce that two long-standing community leaders, Patrice (Patti) Morris Phillips and Michael Eizelman are to be recognized as Federation’s 2013 Distinguished Volunteers by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) on its National Philanthropy Day, November 13, 2013, at a dinner held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

National Philanthropy Day is sponsored by the AFP throughout the country. More than 30 Southeastern Michigan charities participate each year by recognizing their distinguished volunteers

Patrice (“Patti”) Morris Phillips comes by her charitable energies naturally.  Her grandparents, Meyer and Anna Prentis, followed by her parents, Lester and Jewell Morris, were stalwarts of the Jewish and greater Detroit communities.  Patti leads her family’s Prentis Family Support Foundation with the United Jewish Foundation.  Among her long list of volunteer activities, Patti is current Chair of Endowment for Federation’s Womens’ Philanthropy, Co-chair Grants Planning Committee of the Jewish Women’s Foundation, immediate past President of Michigan State Hillel, member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Board of Governors, member of Temple Beth El Board of Trustees, Board member of Jewish Family Service, and past president of the Temple Beth El Sisterhood.  Her family includes her husband Dr. Eric Phillips, two daughters and son-in-law Rachel Phillips, Jennifer Phillips-Weckstein and Daniel Weckstein.


A consummate volunteer and skilled fundraiser, Michael is currently a Vice President and a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Michael is a Founder and Past President of Yad Ezra, a kosher food pantry in the Metropolitan Detroit area, and is a Board member of Jewish Senior Life, a Detroit Jewish organization providing residential and other services to the elderly in the Jewish community. Michael previously has held several positions with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit as well as several other organizations in the Jewish community. Michael, who is a founding shareholder of the law firm of Jackier Gould, P.C., represents a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish, non-profit organizations in the Metropolitan Detroit area.  Michael lives in Oak Park with his wife Shelley; they are the proud parents of two daughters, Mira (Gedaliah) and Tova, and have five grandchildren.


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