The Jewish Fund Announces November 2016 Grant Awards Of $1.2 Million

On behalf of Starfish Baby Power – an early childhood initiative – Ann B. Kalass, Chief Executive Officer of Starfish Family Services receives the 2016 Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence, presented by Karen Sosnick Schoenberg, Chair of The Jewish Fund Board of Trustees.

At its Nov. 15 board meeting, the Jewish Fund approved a total of $1,220,916 in grant awards, including several capacity building and new program initiatives to strengthen services for vulnerable population in Metropolitan Detroit.

These include health directed grants to Coalition on Temporary Shelter: $75,000 over 3 years; Gary Burnstein Clinic: $33,500 for 1 year; Kids Kicking Cancer: $50,000 for 1 year; and Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit for Day School Special Needs Inclusion: $331,100 over 3 years).

The Jewish Fund board of directors also elected the following new board members: Roselyn Komisar Blanck of Franklin, Lynda Giles, Ph.D. of Bloomfield Hills; Jeffrey B. Schlussel of Huntington Woods; and Alexis Schostak of Bloomfield Hills.

The annual Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence was awarded to Starfish Family Services in recognition of its evidence-informed early childhood initiative, Baby Power. The award comes with a $25,000 prize.

A complete listing of all grants may be found at

The Jewish Fund was established in 1997 from the sale proceeds of Sinai Hospital to the Detroit Medical Center. Sinai Hospital was a Jewish community funded facility that grew into one of metropolitan Detroit’s top health care institutions. As a legacy of Sinai Hospital, The Jewish Fund continues the tradition of assuring excellent and compassionate care for those in need in Metropolitan Detroit through its annual grantmaking.