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Annual Gala - Meet Our Honorees

Hillel Day School's 2016 Annual Dream Maker Gala was held on Sunday, May 22, 2016. At this event we honored our Dream Maker Award honorees, Beverly and Arthur Liss, and our Rabbi Jacob Segal (z'l) Award honorees, Norma and Michael Dorman, as well as acknowledged our Distinguished Alumni awardees, Dr. Ron Gaba, Elanah Nachman Hunger, and Charles Ornstein.
Annual Dream Maker Award Honorees

Hillel Day School is pleased to present its annual Dream Maker Award to Beverly and Arthur Liss, dedicated communal leaders.
  In addition to their strong support of Hillel Day School, as both past parents and current grandparents, Beverly and Arthur have been involved in numerous organizations and activities in the Jewish and greater community. 
Over the years, Beverly, originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Texas, has served in multiple leadership roles including Campaign Chair and President of Federation’s Women’s Department, Chair of the Jewish Women’s Foundation, Vice-president of Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Chair of Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education, Co-Chair of Federation’s Family Mission, Co-Chair of the Jewish Education Visioning Committee, President of Adat Shalom Synagogue, Chair of the Penny B. Blumenstein Leadership Institute, Co-Chair of Federation’s Annual Campaign, Chair of Gleaners Power Breakfast, and Board of Trustee for Hillel Day School.  She has served on the National Young Leadership Cabinet, is a member of JESNA (Jewish Education Service of North America) and the National Women’s Philanthropy Board.  Beverly received the Sylvia Simon Greenberg Young Leadership Award.   
Arthur, a native Detroiter, and graduate of Wayne State University’s Law School, has specialized in litigation for 35 years, and has tried cases in numerous states.  He has been admitted to practice in many courts, including the Supreme Court of the State of Michigan, and the United States Supreme Court.  He has received many honors in the legal community, including being recognized in the “Best Lawyers in America” and being a Fellow of the “Million Dollar Advocates Forum.”  He has authored and lectured in his area of specialty (catastrophic no-fault) throughout the state of Michigan. 
Arthur has served on the boards of Adat Shalom Synagogue, Project Otzma (National Board – Local Chair for 8 years), Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Board of Governors, the Anesthesia & Critical Care Research Foundation, University of Chicago, Beaumont Foundation, Royal Oak, Michigan, and the Executive Board of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.  He was also President of Hebrew Free Loan Association.

Beverly and Arthur are very proud of their children Stephanie and Jeremy Liss, Lindsey Liss, and Ilana and Zachary Liss, all graduates of Hillel Day School. They are adoring grandparents to Micah and Max Liss, Jesse, Levi, Georgie, and Tate Gell, all students at BZAEDS in Chicago, and Lily, Eden, and Ruby Liss, current students, and a future student, at Hillel Day School.
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.


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  • Annual Dream Maker Gala

    Save the Date! Hillel Day School's Annual Dream Maker Gala will be Sunday, June 4, 2017. At this event we honor our Dream Maker Award honorees and our Rabbi Jacob Segal (z'l) Award honoree, as well as acknowledge our Distinguished Alumni awardees. For more information, contact Marni Cherrin at 248-539-2920
  • Faces of Hillel

    Black and White photos of all students will be available for purchase at the Annual Gala and are for sale afterwards in the Advancement Office. For questions, please contact Ariella Shaffren at 248-539-1307 or
  • Israel Independence Day Carnival & Kosher Rib Burn-Off

    Each year Hillel sponsors a carnival to commemorate Israel Independence Day. This festive FUN-raising event will be held at the school on May 2, 2017 and includes games, prizes, food, dancing and more. Parents, students, and faculty help organize and staff the event, which has become a favorite tradition at the school.  To volunteer for the committee or to work the day of the festival, please contact Ariella Shaffren at 248-539-1307 or
  • Leadership Circle Reception

    The Leadership Circle Reception thanking those donors who support the Annual Fund with a minimum gift of $1800 will be held on March 8, 2017. For more information, contact Amy Schlussel at 248-539-1484 or
  • Shulman Journal

    Each year, Hillel prepares the Shulman Journal to pay tribute to our Dream Maker honoree and the Rabbi Jacob Segal (z'l) honoree. The Journal is distributed at the Annual Dream Maker Gala. For more information on the Shulman Journal, including soliciting placements, volunteering for the Journal committee or the cost of placements, please contact Tina Pinter at or 248-539-1483.
  • Tributes

    Tributes or donations to Hillel Day School's General Fund or any one of its many endowment funds are a wonderful way to recognize a simcha, mark a milestone, or remember a loved one. Tribute cards can be sent from the Advancement Office with a minimum donation of $10 (for a cash or check transaction) or $18 (for a charge card transaction). Please stop by the Advancement Office or go online by selecting the "Give Online" option under Support Hillel. A card will be sent to your designee informing them of your contribution to Hillel Day School in honor or memory of a loved one. A special, limited edition, hand-calligraphy certificate will be sent for donations of $100 or more.

    For more information on tributes, please contact Sharon Gatewood by phone at 248-539-1483 or via email at

    Tree of Life "Leaves" and "Rocks" can also be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one or an event. "Leaves" may be purchased for $250 and "Rocks" for $500. Both are lasting ways to recognize milestones. 

    For more information on the Tree of Life, please contact Marni Cherrin at

    To make a donation to Hillel online, click here or send a check made payable to "Hillel Day School" to:
      Advancement Office
      Hillel Day School
      32200 Middlebelt Road
      Farmington Hills, MI 48334

    You may also call Marni Cherrin in the Advancement Office at 248-539-2920.
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