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35th Anniversary Archive and Founders Gala

Tue September 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
5:30-8:30 p.m.
@ the J

Back in 1984, members of the Jewish community of Ann Arbor, led by Chuck and Sharon Newman, gathered over breakfast to discuss opening a Jewish Community Center. Fast forward 35 years and the J is the thriving hub of Jewish cultural life for our community! September 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of the founding of the J, so we are inviting the “breakfast club,” members of the establishing boards of directors, and the first interim and full time executive directors to return and celebrate along with the community!

Join us for this journey through the last 35 years as an archive over a year in the making by Fran Martin opens and we share a nostalgic evening that celebrates our past as we look to build our future. The evening will include the opening of the 35th Anniversary Archive and the release of the newly published book “History of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor” written by Fran Martin. We will join together for elegant hors d’oeuvres and dinner* in honor of the visionaries who started our organization’s journey. We hope you will join us and consider making a significant gift to help us strengthen our future as we embark on a brand new vision. Scroll down for ticket and sponsorship information.

*All food will be kosher via a caterer under the supervision of the Detroit Vaad Ha’Rabbonim. Dinner will include pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan options.

Gala Tickets

Event tickets $118 each include all festivities for the evening. Purchase Tickets

NOTE: Tickets must be purchased by September 16, 2019. As a catered event, we must provide the caterer with final numbers one week prior to the event.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please join us in building the future of the Ann Arbor JCC by making a pledge of support, which will be matched up to $50,000 by an anonymous donor. Proceeds will help retire the remainder of the building mortgage and enrich the excellence of our arts, culture, and education program offerings. Please give generously.

These levels include a hardcover copy of the new history:

Founder (16 tickets, eJournal full slide, speaking opportunity)
Builder (16 tickets, eJournal full slide)
Architect (8 tickets, eJournal full slide)
Planner (8 tickets, eJournal half slide)

These levels include a softcover copy of the new history:

Visionary (4 tickets, eJournal bold listing)
Designer (4 tickets, eJournal listing)
Supporter (2 tickets, eJournal listing)

Grants from donor advised funds and pledges of an amount of your own choosing are welcome.
Flexible arrangements are available for pledge payment.
If you have any sponsorship questions, please contact Clara Silver at [email protected].

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Steering Committee

Prue Rosenthal, Chair
Leslie Bash
Harriet Bakalar
Elaine Margolis
Charles Newman
David Stone, Executive Director
Clara Silver, Director of Operations

Gala Committee (in formation)

Elaine Margolis, Chair
Sue Adler
Leslie Bash
Rita Gelman
Alyse Tankanow
Roberta Tankanow

Archive Curator and Author of “History of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor”

Fran Martin


Tue September 24
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ann Arbor JCC
(734) 971-0990


The J
2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor,MI48108United States
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