Rabbi Jacob E. Segal (z"l) Award Honorees
Norma and Michael Dorman are the proud parents of four Hillel graduates: Hillary (Class of 2006), Tedi (Class of 2008), and Hershel and Pearl (Class of 2011). During their 13 year tenure as Hillel parents, and for many years thereafter, Michael and Norma dedicated countless hours in support of Hillel and have made a lasting impression on the school.
Norma’s extraordinary volunteering at Hillel began as an engaged Room Parent. From there Norma’s dedication grew as she engaged in many activities, ranging from chairing the milestone Siddur and Torah Parties, to actively participating on the Hillel PTO. One of Norma’s most impactful contributions was helping establish the 5th grade Hillel Shabbaton. Norma was affectionately known as the “Shabbaton Mom,” cooking and providing all Shabbat meals for the students over her ten-year involvement. The students were not the only ones to appreciate her involvement; the staff valued her, too, thanks, in large part, to her preparation of and involvement in the yearly staff welcome back breakfasts, and holiday and end-of-the-year luncheons. In 2010 Norma received the Shalom Street Mitzvah Hero Award because of her nomination from Hillel.
Michael also had a significant influence on Hillel’s success and future. He served as an active and valued Hillel Board of Trustee, and chaired the school’s annual golf outing for many years.
Beyond the great contributions Michael and Norma have made within our Hillel community, they continue to dedicate themselves to Jewish Detroit. Norma, past Sisterhood President and executive board Vice President at Adat Shalom Synagogue, currently sits on the synagogue’s board. She spends much of her time involved in several programs at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, including its Woman’s Philanthropy and the Partnership 2000 Steering Committee. Many other organizations in our community benefit from Norma’s participation.
Michael, a successful clinical dermatologist in our community for over 20 years, is the current chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. He is the past president of the Michigan Dermatological Society, and current board member and chairman of its third party payer committee. In addition, he is active in the Jewish community, currently holding board positions on AIPAC, the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, and the Jewish Senior Life Foundation. Norma and Michael were the recipients of the 2014 JTS Shin Award.
Hillel is honored to bestow the Rabbi Jacob E. Segal (z’’l) Award to Norma and Michael Dorman for their unwavering commitment to strengthening Jewish life and education in our community.