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Annual Gala - Meet Our Honorees

Annual Dream Maker Award Honorees
We are excited to announce Nadine and David Farbman as this year’s Annual Dream Maker honorees, and Janice and Steven Traison as the Rabbi Jacob E. Segal z”l Award honorees. Please save the date to honor both couples at the Annual Dream Maker Gala on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Hillel Day School.
Nadine and David Farbman are the youngest donors to support the Detroit Federation’s Centennial Campaign, by committing $1 million to the community – with half a million earmarked for Hillel Day School, where their three sons, Hunter (3rd grade), River (1st grade) and Fischer (ECC4), attend. The Farbmans’ enthusiastic support for Hillel Day School is palpable, and their passion spurs others around them to become passionate advocates for our school. 
Nadine has volunteered at Common Ground Sanctuary, answering crisis hotline calls, helped children with literacy through the Beyond Basics program, and was Chairperson of the annual "Trends with Friends" event for ORT.
David, the founder and CEO of HealthRise Solutions, and chairman of Carbon Media Group, has been named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ 40 Under 40, dbusiness’ 30 in their 30’s, one of Crain’s Most Powerful People and a Champion of the New Economy by Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan. He was nominated for Ernst & Young’s 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year. David is the author of the New York Times’ best seller The Hunt: Target, Track & Attain Your Goals.

Rabbi Jacob E. Segal (z"l) Award Honorees

When you think about Steven and Janice Traison, the word tradition leaps easily to mind. In both their professional and personal lives, tradition has been the hallmark of the paths they have pursued and the decisions they have made. Steven and Janice take incredible pride in their daughters, Hillel alumnae Elizabeth, Rebecca and Randi; all three are accomplished in their own right, and devoted to Jewish living.
Janice’s involvement at Hillel began simply as a room parent. Her dedication and enthusiasm catapulted her to eventually become president of the PTO, and she even worked briefly in the Development Office.
Steven operates Walker Printery, founded in 1924 by his grandfather, Sam, followed by his father, Larry. In addition to being a master craftsman, Steven donates printing services to many Jewish Detroit non-profit organizations, including Hillel and JARC, where he served on the Board of Directors, and Congregation Beth Ahm, where he served on the Board of Trustees.
Recipients of the fourth annual Distinguished Alumni Awards will also be recognized at the Gala. This year’s recipients are Edward Alterman (class of 1986), Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny (class of 1991), and Jonathan Ozeran (class of 1997).


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  • Annual Gala

    Save the Date! Hillel Day School's 60th Anniversary Annual Gala will be Sunday, May 6, 2018. 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 Thursday, April 19, 2018 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 September 26, 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 simha, 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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