November 20, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Jewish Fund Recognizes Tamarack Camps for the Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence

Contact:  Margo Pernick, Executive Director
The Jewish Fund
248-203-1487
pernick@jfmd.org

Bloomfield Hills, MI—At its November 12, 2019 annual meeting, The Jewish Fund recognized Tamarack Camps for the 2019 Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence for its special needs inclusion programs.  Camp Maas Director, Lee Trepeck accepted the award, which includes a $25,000 prize, from presenters Mark Schlussel and Karen Sosnick Schoenberg.  Tamarack’s long history of providing appropriate staff training and camper supports to youth with diverse special needs exemplifies the qualities and ideals identified for this award.

Prior to the annual meeting,  The Jewish Fund board met and awarded $792,000 in new grants to metropolitan Detroit non-profit organizations.  Focusing on improved health outcomes, several of these grants target new initiatives and expansion of services. 

Among the new grants, Freedom House was awarded a three-year grant of $133,000 to train asylum seekers to advocate for their health care needs and make effective health care choices, through a partnership with Wayne State University’s Global Health Alliance.  A two-year grant to the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue of $140,000 will support expansion of its Tzedek Detroit initiative, focusing on the development of meaningful relationships between the Jewish and Detroit communities through shared experiences and social and education collaborative programming.  A three-year grant of $120,000 to Alternatives for Girls will promote maternal and newborn health for mothers, expectant mothers and infants.   A three-year grant of $250,000 to the Jewish Federation will continue to encourage donors to its Centennial Campaign by front-loading income to support social services.

During the board meeting, the following new board members were elected:  Ilana Liss of Birmingham, MI and Jennifer Friedman of Huntington Woods, MI.    Nancy Grosfeld was re-elected Board Chair and Michael Eizelman was re-elected Vice Chair.

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About The Jewish Fund
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. 

The Jewish Fund Recognizes Tamarack Camps for the Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence