The Jewish Theological Seminary to Honor Detroit Leaders

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

April 8, 2008, Detroit, MI

Ten community leaders will be honored at The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Metropolitan Detroit Gala Celebration on Monday, May 5. The event, which will begin at 6:00 p.m., will be held at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road, Southfield.

Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School, will be the guest speaker. Ayelet Piatigorsky, a student in the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, will perform several Ladino pieces in honor of the Prato Haggadah on display at the synagogue.

Shin Award recipients include: Rob and Rhona Fidler, Congregation Beth Ahm; Samuel and Janis Holcman, Adat Shalom Synagogue; Richard and Eileen Polk, Congregation Beth Shalom; Joel and Ruth Shayne, Congregation B’nai Moshe; and Lester Satovsky and Neil Satovsky, Congregation Shaarey Zedek.

At JTS, Rabbi Nevins also teaches homiletics, chairs the Department of Professional and Pastoral Skills, and serves on the Chancellor's Academic Council. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly and serves on its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS).

For thirteen years, Rabbi Nevins served as rabbi of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. During that time, he led numerous organizations, serving as president of the Michigan Board of Rabbis, the Farmington Area Interfaith Association, and the Michigan region of the Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi Nevins has reached a broad audience through his writing, teaching, and public appearances. In addition to authoring responsa on the halakhic topics of personal status, disabilities, bioethics, and homosexuality, he has also published many articles in the Detroit Jewish News and the Detroit Free Press, and has been interviewed by the New York Times, NPR, and various television stations.

Ayalet Piatogorsky is a fifth-year cantorial student who works part-time at the Glen Rock Jewish Center in New Jersey as its cantor and music teacher. The daughter of Uruguayan immigrant parents, her family was the only Jewish family in a small logging town on the coast of British Columbia. Despite the nearest synagogue being a half-day’s travel away, she was very involved in United Synagogue Youth and participated in a teen pilgrimage to Israel. A gifted musician, she completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto, and a master’s degree at the Manhattan school of Music in Opera.

The couvert is $180 per person and the reservation deadline is Wednesday, April 30. Further information or reservations may be obtained by contacting Beverly Roth at (248) 258-0055.