This Year’s Event
Save The Date – October 16, 2023At Shaarey Zedek 27375 Bell Rd., Southfield MI., 48034
Begins at 5PM with cocktails with dinner following. Program begins at 6:30 PM followed by the afterglow
Honoring 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees
Robert Silverman, Randy Blau, Leon Grundstein, Dr. James Relle
Pillars of Excellence
Franci Silver, Scott Burnstein, Ron Levin, Barry “Rat” Lepofsky
Shirley and Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award Honoree
Jewish News High School Athlete of the Year
Clay Hartje, Noah Adamczyk, Ella Blank
Dr. Steven and Evelyn Rosen Stars of Tomorrow
Merrick Michaelson, Clay Hartje, Marnie Jacobs, Jenner Leib, Kaytlyn McPherson
Hall of Fame Nominations for 2023
Scholarship Nominations 2023
Photos From Last Event
Honoring 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees
J. J. Modell
Jeremy (J.J.) Modell played Varsity golf and baseball at Cranbrook Kingswood High School, captaining both teams his senior year. He attended Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was a four-year letter winner for the men’s Varsity golf team, two year co-captain, and earned First Team All-New England, First Team All-Ivy League, and Academic All-Ivy League Honors. Post college, while focusing on his career and family, he continued to play competitive amateur golf, qualifying for over twenty combined Michigan Amateurs, Michigan Opens and GAM Championships, and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Michigan Amateur in 2003. In addition, he was won nine club championships at Franklin Hills Country Club and recently won a Gold Medal with the U.S. Masters Men’s Golf Team in the World Maccabiah Games in Ceasarea, Israel.
Dave Ginsberg was born in Detroit, grew up in Flint and attended Grand Blanc High School, where he competed in basketball all four years. His junior season led to the 1963 Big 9 Championship. He went on to Central Michigan University, became a part of the basketball program as a student assistant, and was a member of three conference Championships (1965, 1966, and 1967). After graduating in 1968 from CMU, Ginsberg began a career in education that lasted until 2005 when he retired as the Principal of Flint Southwestern Academy in Flint, Michigan. Over six decades Ginsberg was involved with basketball and education at every level. He taught and coached at Leslie, Battle Creek Central, Grand Rapids Union, Swartz Creek, Flint Central, Traverse City St. Francis, Traverse City West, and Northport high schools, and had a 16-year stint as an assistant coach at Central Michigan University beginning in 1975. At CMU Dave assisted with four Mid-American Conference titles (1975, 1977, 1979, and 1987), and had the honor of attending the 1988 USA Olympic Trials in Colorado Springs as a representative of the CMU program and in support of one of CMU’s players, Dan Majerle, who went on to become the captain and leading scorer for the 1988 United States Olympic Team in Seoul, Korea.
Carrie Rose Goldman
Carrie Rose Goldman, born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was a member of the Lahser High School Varsity tennis team playing the number one singles position in each of the three years she participated. She won the Class A State Singles Title in her junior and senior years and was the runner-up in her freshman year. From ages twelve to eighteen, she competed in United States Tennis Association (USTA) tennis tournaments across the country achieving a USTA national singles and doubles rankings in each of those years. As a sixteen-year-old, she reached a USTA national ranking of number 42 in singles and number 23 in doubles. In 1996, she was presented with the Hoxie Memorial Award by the USTA Southeastern Michigan District (for sportsmanship and accomplishments on and off the tennis court) and she was a nominee for the Michigan High School Athlete of the Year Award. Carrie earned an athletic scholarship to Boston University where she competed on the women’s tennis team for four years in both singles and doubles and served as co-captain of the team her senior year. She earned All-Conference Honors all four of her collegiate years and her team earned a berth to the Division I NCAA Championships in her sophomore, junior and senior years.
Michael Rosenberg is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. Before joining SI, he spent 13 years at the Detroit Free Press, eight as a columnist, receiving national recognition for his work. He has also written for some of the top papers in the country, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Philadelphia Inquiry. His work was featured in the 2005 edition of “The Best American Sports Writing” Michael has written several phenomenal stories, but one sticks out from the others. A 1994 sports page from the Michigan Daily talks about a Michigan football player who hurt his knee, but the player was not concerned about his knee, for he cried before every game because he thought the team might lose. Michael writes “he does not cry when his friends are killed but he cries only because he thought the team might lose. Michael learned an important lesson from this early in his career. “It’s not just getting the facts right, but that you’re taking the proper care” He has covered virtually every major sporting event, including nine Super Bowls and eight Olympics, and is the author of the critically acclaimed “War As They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and America in a Time of Unrest.” He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he served as editor in chief of The Michigan Daily.
Adam is in his ninth season coaching the University of Michigan Wolverines tennis program. The ITA Midwest Coach of the Year, Adam comes off a historic season with the Wolverines in 2022, as the squad finished with a 25-4 record which stands as the third most wins in program history. The season culminated with a Big Ten Tournament Championship, its first since 1996.The Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2021, Adam led Michigan to the Big ten East Championship and an NCAA tournament appearance.
Adam arrived in Ann Arbor after a successful 13-year head coaching tenure with Pepperdine University (2022-2014) where he delivered a national championship in 2006. The 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year and a seven-time West Coach Conference Coach of the Year he guided Pepperdine to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including five Sweet 16 appearances, one Elite Eight trip and two Final Four appearances.
A native of New York, Adam attended Penn State University and served a captain of the tennis team his senior season. He began his coaching career St. Johns University from 1989-95.
Pillars of Excellence
Brian is a two-time MHSAA state champion football player at Farmington Hills Harrison. He was the 1995 Jewish News High School Athlete of the year. Brian continued his involvement with high school football for more than a quarter of a century as an MHSAA registered football official and as a clinician at numerous officiating clinics. Brian also officiated college football games in the Great Lakes Interscholastic Athletic Conference for two decades, officiating over 150 college football games. He also officiates football practices at B1G, MAC and GLIAC schools across Michigan and for the Detroit Lions of the NFL.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Michigan with Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering as well as a Master of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. He is Senior Vice President of Program Management & Contracts at Williams International L.L.C., headquartered in Pontiac, MI. He is an avid aviation enthusiast and licensed private pilot.
Dr. Harold Friedman
Harold played football and baseball for Southfield High School graduating in 1969.
After watching his daughter play in the JCC Maccabi Games in 1991, he fell in love with the Maccabi concept. He chaired the Detroit JCC Maccabi team from 1992- 2010, sending Detroit athletes to different cities each year to compete and get the Jewish experience through sports. He served on the JCC Maccabi National Board, chaired the SAC (Sports Advisory Committee), in 2008 Detroit hosted the JCC Maccabi Games and he was the Chairman for those games.
In 2005 he joined Maccabi USA, which is the international Maccabi team. Over the years he served on the medical team, as USA team manager, Junior Team Manager, Sports Chair of 15 sports, ran the mission and remains on the Maccabi USA national board. He traveled to Maccabiah games in Rome, Sydney, Australia, Vienna, San Pablo Brazil and 4 sets of games in Israel.
David ran the largest tennis clinic for ranked players in the Midwest for over 30 years. The program contributed to the development of many world ranked players and national champions. He also ran the largest match play tennis program (where players played a series of different 30-minute matches) in the Midwest for over 30 years. Besides coaching through clinics, David privately taught world ranked players and state champions.
In addition to coaching, David trained and inspired many players to become tennis coaches. Furthermore, David enjoyed helping all tennis coaches by speaking at the USPTA Midwest Convention (1988) and writing articles for ADdvantage magazine, Tennis life, the Midwest Connection and Tennis Week.
Shirley and Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award
SAINT CECILIA “THE SAINT”
THE SAM WASHNGTON FAMILY
The Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation will honor St. Cecilia and the Sam Washington Family with the Alvin & Shirley Foon Humanitarian Award on October 24, 2022. The award exemplifies individuals and families who have a strong athletic background in the State of Michigan with the spirit and enthusiasm of Alvin and Shirley Foon, one of the founders of the foundation.
Sam Washington Sr. stepped up after the Detroit riots of 1967 and opened the doors and welcomed the kids in the neighborhood. Sam Washington Jr. has run the gym for the last 17 years. Over the years many NBA players practiced at St Cecilia during the off season and the kids in the neighborhood watched and learned basketball from many of these players.
“The Saint” is a basketball institution where many great professional players started their careers under the watchful eyes of Sam Washington Sr. To this day players like Magic Johnson still cite the “Saint” as an essential proving ground for them as players. Jalen Rose continues to support the efforts to modernize St. Cecilia.
For some, the secret to St. Cecilia success was the pure entertainment value, the undeniable quality of and focus on the basketball that pushed everything else to the background.
But there was a method to the madness. As much as the likes of Derrick Coleman, B.J. Armstrong, Chris Webber, Glen Rice, Voshon Leonard and members of the Detroit Pistons milling about turned the court into a performance stage, tough defense and basketball IQ were emphasized. As much as tough play and intensity ruled over the gym, the professionalism of the refereeing on-hand graduated alongside St. Cecilia’s rising profile.
You had to be a well-rounded player,” Jalen Rose said. “It wasn’t about just getting it in the hoop, it was about working on your game and trying to take it to the next level. We had so many players who were having success in high school, success in college, success in the pros. It was almost like an assembly line of terrific players that would continue to come through St. Cecilia. Jalen Rose immediately responded with the place and the coach that played a formative role in his development as a basketball player and as a young man: “It started at St. Cecilia. We had a coach there, Sam Washington Sr. He didn’t just send you out there to play. He worked on developing you, teaching the game.”
On the court a line of text painted on the hardwoods “where stars are made, not born”. For Sam Sr. basketball alone was not enough. He wants to fix the problems he still sees in the community around him. It is the reality outside the lines of the court that has driven Sam Jr.to focus on much more than basketball. He talks about his goal of establishing an all-encompassing support system for local youths, covering education, mentorship, health & hygiene.
Dr. Steven (Z’L) and Evelyn Rosen Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship
Zac, who recently graduated Cum Laude from Walled Lake Western High School, was introduced to the ice at the age of six. Soon after, he joined the Farmington Hills Fire house league and progressed to travel hockey with Little Caesars by age 10. Also, during this time, Zac played travel baseball with NFWB and Total Sports perfecting his skills in every position including pitcher, however his love for hockey kept him lacing up his ice skates instead of cleats. He continued his hockey career with Orchard Lake United Travel, Livonia Knights Travel, Walled Lake Western and finished his senior year with the “Randos” All Star High School Travel Team. Additionally, Zac also participated on the high school lacrosse team, a new sport for him to experience.
Being a quiet guy, Zac speaks volumes when playing hockey. Studying the professionals over the years, his skills and intelligence exemplify those who have inspired him. His speed, dominance, and perseverance have always been a solid asset to past teams, including the 2020 Detroit Maccabi Games, one of Zac’s greatest hockey memories.
When off the ice, Zac spends his summers at Willoway Day Camp as a counselor to young children. There he leads and mentors his campers and always shares his love of sports. He often is found with his group playing floor hockey, teaching fundamentals, fancy maneuvers, wicked slap shots and most importantly good sportsmanship.
Zac attends Oakland University pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and is very excited to continue his hockey career playing for the ACHA D1 Oakland University Grizzlies.
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Hall of Fame Induction 2016
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