Joel Tauber, well-known Detroit businessman and community philanthropist will be speaking at Temple B'nai Israel from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the temple sanctuary and Marianne Kaplan Memorial Garden.
The focus of Tauber's talk will be on "Israel Today," which will touch on his entrepreneurial work with the University of Michigan and his philanthropic work both in the Jewish community and the larger secular community in Michigan and globally.
United Way Community Services and Greater Detroit Interfaith Roundtable of Christians, Jews and Muslims.
At the University of Michigan, he created the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. He is also on the board of the Tauber Stem Cell Institute. Tauber is Chairman of the Campaign to save the Detroit Zoo and the sponsor of its train.
In addition, Tauber is quite active in public affairs at the local, national and international levels, including as a member of the Middle East Strategy Group of the Aspen Institute and the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Some of the highlights of his career include the rescue of 12,000 Ethiopians to Israel in 1991 and being present at the signing of the Peace Accord between the Palestinians, Israel and Jordan.
Tauber's talk is part of Temple B'nai Israel "Marvelous Mavens" gala celebration weekend and champagne brunch fundraiser, honoring five temple matriarchs, Rosalyn Goldstick, Beverly Holden, Henriette Kaplan, Gloria Levine and Berta Meyerson-Molasky for their dedication and service to the community and tikkun olam -- repairing the world. He is the brother of one of the honorees, Berta Meyerson-Molasky.
At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27, there will be a special service using the old Reform Judaism Union Prayer Book of 1936, in memory of the late temple matriarch Irene Gordon (1899-2004), officiated by student rabbi Nathan Farb, of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. An Oneg Shabbat will be hosted by temple honoree Gloria Levine and her family, following the service.
A gala champagne brunch is 11 a.m.-3:30 a.m. Sunday, July 29, featuring keynote speaker Betsy Kellman, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, speaking on "Jewish Women and Leadership," in honor of the work of women in Jewish communal life. One of the programs Kellman is most proud of is the World of Difference Institute, which provides anti-bias education in the schools.
An awards ceremony, highlighting the work of each of the five matriarchs will follow, led by Carol Ellstein, Mishpacha chair. Members of the "Marvelous Mavens" gala weekend and champagne brunch fundraiser include Sally Cannon, temple president, Carol Ellstein, Nathan Farb, Tom Johnson, Sandy LaLonde, Mary Jean Meyerson, Pam Ovshinsky, Audrey Shapero and Gail Willens
This program is made possible by a grant from the Ravitz Small Jewish Communities Initiative, a project of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Temple B'nai Israel is a member of the Union of Reform Judaism, and has been serving the Petoskey and surrounding areas for more than 116 years. It is celebrating being in its sanctuary for more than 101 years, located in historic downtown Petoskey.
For more contact Carol Krugel Ellstein at (231) 525-9250 or Pam Ovshinsky at (231) 622-8611.