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Opinion: JCC Board Must Restructure Itself To Avoid Pitfalls

Posted on January 29, 2015, 7:38 AM . Filed in Uncategorized. Tagged , , , , . Be the first to comment!

Closure of the Oak Park JCC is on the table to eliminate an annual $1 million deficit.

The current financial and structural challenges facing the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit — and potential closing of its Jimmy Prentis Morris (JPM) facility in Oak Park as a way to mostly eliminate an agency-wide $1.2 million annual operating deficit — have been shared by the JCC and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit…

Dear Debra: Advice To A Frustrated Mom

Posted on January 28, 2015, 1:30 PM . Filed in Uncategorized. Tagged , , . Be the first to comment!


Send your questions to or use this anonymous question submission form. Dear Debra, Just a few years post-college, our son has become quite financially successful. He recently told my husband and me of a generous (five-figure) donation he made to a charity. He has long supported other causes as well. While we are proud …
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Jewfro: Our Jewish Community Center: Defining Reality

Posted on January 28, 2015, 1:25 PM . Filed in Uncategorized. Tagged , , . Be the first to comment!

A scene from the 1993 opening after renovations at the Oak Park JCC

Oct. 30 will mark 50 years since Jimmy Prentis Morris and three other boys were driving home from a University of Michigan Football game when they were struck by a train at an unguarded railroad crossing. Following that tragedy, the Morris family’s wish was that the gym named for their son at the Oak Park …
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Quick Click: Vignettes from the Jewish News Archives, Jan. 29, 2015

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djn-1992-11-27-0-060 Ruth Popkin photo

Ruth Popkin was a force for change in the worldwide Jewish community. Born in Brooklyn, Popkin earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and worked at Sterns department store. After becoming a volunteer at Hadassah, she ultimately became its national president from 1984 to 1988. During her tenure, Hadassah became the largest women’s volunteer organization in …
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Quick Click: Vignettes from the JN Archives: Jan. 22, 2015

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Faster Than a Speeding Latke … It’s … Menorah Man!” Menorah Man, a member of the Jewish Hero Corps, was a Jewish superhero whose mission was to defend the collective memory of the Jewish people. With the ability to grow eight arms and roast his enemies with his 40 fingers, Menorah Man also had loyal …
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Tragic Reality

Posted on January 15, 2015, 8:00 AM . Filed in Uncategorized. Tagged , . 1 Comment.


Young people are increasingly at risk from recreational drugs and alcohol. Josh Levine was not a drug addict, an alcoholic or a habitual drug user. He grew up in West Bloomfield, celebrated his bar mitzvah at Temple Israel, competed in varsity athletics at West Bloomfield High School and graduated from the University of Michigan. At…

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