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$6 million Atwater Beach project to transform former industrial site on Detroit’s east riverfront
With the glistening Detroit River as the backdrop, the public gathered with representatives of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, city officials, and local and regional funders to break ground on the region’s newest family-friendly destination: Atwater Beach.
Slingshot introduces the Class of 2018
This annual list of “ground-breaking organizations in Jewish life” includes seven grantees: Hazon, Israel & Co., Moishe House, OneTable, PJ Library, Sefaria and Shalom Learning; four others are affiliated through the Jewish Emergent Network, also a grantee: IKAR, Mishkan Chicago and Lab/Shul.
(Re)Visioning Jewish Prayer, Ritual and Inclusivity
The organizations comprising the Jewish Emergent Network, a grantee, hosted a recent conference to mark the conclusion of its first cohort of rabbinic fellows and the start of the second; 150 rabbis, synagogue board members and lay leaders and others from across the country attended.
Mackinac Moment: Salvador Salort-Pons
At the Mackinac Policy Conference, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, a grantee, discusses, in this 11-minute segment, how museums of all kinds cultivate societal trust by creating safe spaces for people to learn about the past in unbiased settings.
Entering Paradise: Going Deeper into Covenantal Community
Rabbi David Baum, who was ordained by Jewish Theological Seminary and is an alumnus of the Clergy Leadership Incubator, both grantees, describes his initial inability to create a true covenantal community and how he is now succeeding using the PARDES approach to studying the Torah along with adaptive leadership techniques.
The Art of the Matter
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, a grantee, is credited with “setting the cultural tone in Israel and across the world” through its array of artistic disciplines, its commitment to diversity and freedom of expression, and the creativity of its alumni, faculty and students.
East Jefferson Ave. being redesigned to improve safety, help better connect residents to riverfront
Come July 4, Detroit residents and visitors will find it safer and easier to walk or cycle to the city’s Riverfront and to Belle Isle Park, both grantees, based on a recently released construction timeline; a public education effort is planned to raise awareness of the changes.
Looking Back at 70 Years of Israeli Art
The beginning of what is now known as Israeli art is said to have begun in 1906 with the founding of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, a grantee, and is recognized today for its breadth and depth, “reflecting the multiculturalism adopted by Israeli society.”
Planning for the Other Detroit
Community engagement is driving the redesign and revitalization of the neighborhoods says Detroit’s director of planning and development; Detroit is the only UNESCO City of Design in the U.S., an initiative led by Design Core Detroit, a grantee.
Israel, at 70, maintains strong ties to metro Detroit
The executive director of the American Jewish Committee’s Jewish Community Relations Council in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., describes the promise of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator as an example of the “dynamic and multi-faceted” relationship Detroit’s Jewish community has with Israel; both organizations are grantees.
Survey shows knowledge of Holocaust is fading. We can’t let that happen.
Eli Mayerfeld, CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Mich., advocates for the importance of Holocaust education and points to data from a recent national study that found “more than nine-tenths of those surveyed believe all young people should learn about the Holocaust.”
“Religious Tolerance and Respect: Rebalancing the Jewish World”
In his graduation speech at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Charles Bronfman, co-founder of Birthright Israel, a grantee, addressed his remarks to Israeli and Diaspora Jews and called for “understanding, empathy, tolerance and the realization that we Jews are bound together by the Torah.”
Seven decades later, unsung ’48 heroes are heard
Toldot Yisrael, a grantee, has interviewed more than 50 American Jews who were active participants in the establishment of the State of Israel, creating an historical video archive of their contributions; five 2.5-minute video stories have been released thus far.
Nurturing Jewish leaders traditionally and now in 21st-century fashion
Hillel Day School, a grantee, marks its 60th anniversary, noting key milestones in its evolution and celebrating six educators who have been instrumental in growing and shaping the school.