Archive for : Detroit

Vigils scheduled to show solidarity with Pittsburgh

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News on October 28, 2018.

Vigils are planned locally to help “process the horrific act of violence” that left 11 dead at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Jewish Detroit Community Vigil For Pittsburgh

This article originally in The Jewish News appeared on October 28, 2018.

Tomorrow at 6 p.m., Hazon Detroit, The Well, Repair The World: Detroit, Detroit City Moishe House, Detroit Jews for Justice, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, NEXTGen Detroit, the JCRC/AJC Detroit and the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will host a vigil for the fallen victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Vigils held for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

This article originally appeared on Fox Detroit on October 29, 2018.


People around the world are praying for the victims of the tragic Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and their families.

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Leading By Example

This article originally appeared in The Detroit Jewish News on August 2, 2018.

By Robin Schwartz

Repair the World’s new executive director reflects on her inaugural year.

You might find her jogging through Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood or working in a greenhouse or helping to bury old prayer books in a sacred space for Jewish texts. But you’ll most likely find Sarah Allyn, 30, of Detroit at Repair the World’s cool headquarters on Bagley, where she just wrapped her first year as executive director of the Jewish nonprofit focused on service-learning and volunteering.

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No More Waste

This article originally appeared in the Detroit Jewish News on April 19, 2018.

Hazon Detroit serves up healthy heaps of compost — just in time for Earth Day.

In the North End neighborhood of Detroit near historic Oakland Avenue, there is a large patch of land where houses used to stand, houses where Jewish immigrants first began their American journey, that in time became the homes for some of Detroit’s most important black cultural figures, including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and so many more.

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De La Salle’s Ross shines in the face of adversity

This article originally appeared in The Macomb Daily on February 5, 2018.

By Don Gardner

Some of us buckle in the face of adversity. Others thrive in spite of it. Adam Ross, a senior at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, would fall in the later category.

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The Well & JN’s 36 Under 36: AARON APPEL

This article originally appeared in the Jewish News on January 30, 2018.

A native of Troy, Aaron Appel coordinates volunteer engagement and grant writing at the nonprofit Brilliant Detroit, which focuses on creating “kid success neighborhoods” in the city. This work builds off his background in youth engagement and community organizing, which he developed as a student at Oberlin College, as a housing advocate in Philadelphia, as a fellow with Repair the World: Detroit and as the treasurer of Auntie Na’s House — a grassroots community center on the west side of Detroit.

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Jewish Women Represented at Women’s March in Lansing

This article originally appeared in The Jewish News on January 24, 2018.

By Keri Cohen

The first anniversary of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., was marked with marches, protests and demonstrations in Lansing and around the nation under the theme of Power to the Polls.

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Six events to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This post originally appeared in The South End on January 11, 2018.

By Miriam Marini

There is no shortage of charitable work that needs to get done—and gets done—in the metro Detroit area year-round, especially around the time of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Jan. 15. Luckily, Warriors are right in the heart of the action and events to celebrate King’s birthday are as close as a block away from campus. Here are some events to partake in this MLK Day.

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Using MLK Day to Engage and Enlighten

This post was originally published in the Jewish Journal on January 10, 2018.

By Ryan Torok

When Rachel Fine and seven teenagers, ages 17-18, arrive in Los Angeles from Detroit this weekend, they plan to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day in various ways. They will plant urban gardens at churches. They will have conversations about race. They will compare issues facing Angelenos to those facing people in Detroit.

“It’s not just about MLK Jr. but racial justice and fighting for equality,” said Fine, who as the teen engagement manager at Repair the World, a Jewish social services organization, is using a grant dedicated to exposing Jewish youths to Jewish communities around the country. “I think it is a good time to create a campaign around something that means a lot.”

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