Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Past Honorees

Past Hall of Fame Honorees

  • Hank Greenberg

    Played in 1,394 major league games for the Detroit Tigers (1933-1947) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1994). Twice voted the most valuable player. Three times led or tied for Homerun Leadership. Four times led league in runs batted in. Later made outstanding contribution to baseball in an executive capacity. Named to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956 and the Michigan Hall of Fame in 1958. Inducted 1985

  • William Davidson

    Acquired the Detroit Pistons in 1974. Received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at the University of Michigan and earned a Juris Doctors Degree from Wayne State University. Guardian Industries is the flagship of his business interests. He is active in community and charitable concerns. His management talents are continually on display in the NBA, where he is active in the player relations and the finance committee. Inducted 1985

  • Benny Friedman

    Quarterback at the University of Michigan from 1924-1926. All-American in 1925-1926. Big Ten most valuable player in 1926 when he led the Big Ten in scoring touchdowns. Pro football with Cleveland, Detroit, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. Member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. Red Grange called Friedman the best quarterback he ever played against. Inducted 1985

  • Harry Newman

    Led Wolverines to three straight championships as a quarterback, punt returns specialist and place kicker. Scored 57 of Michigan's 82 points against Big Ten opponents in 1932. Won Douglas Fairbanks Trophy as most valuable player in the United States (the trophy is considered the forerunner to the Heisman Trophy). In 1933, went professional with the New York Giants and led the Giants to the League Championship against the Chicago Bears. Was named all pro and helped the Giants to championship seasons the following two years. Inducted 1985

  • Mervin Pregulman

    All-American tackle at the University of Michigan in 1943. Played center and guard as well during his Michigan career. Also played in the NFL from 1946-1949 with the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. A graduate of Lansing Central High School football team in 1939. Named to the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame in 1982. Inducted in 1986

  • Brian Krieger

    A two-time Olympian in 1952 and 1956. Also a member of the Gold Medal Winning U.S. Pan-American Games' fencing team in 1951. A graduate of Northwestern High School in Detroit. Was Wayne State's first All-American Fencer. Won NCAA Foil Championship in 1942. Was 62-7 in dual meets as a collegian, including 30-0 in foil. Won the 1957 Maccabiah Games Sabre Title. Elected to Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1974. On of six original inductees to WSU Hall of Fame in 1976. Inducted in 1986

  • Philip "Ciney" Sachs

    Basketball teacher and coach whose teams won 28 championships, totaled 782 victories against 158 defeats; coached Lawrence Tech 4 years, winning 56 games, losing 28 and won 1937-1938 Michigan-Ontario Title; won 7 Michigan AAU Championships and 1945 Cleveland Pro Invitational. Started first basketball schools in Michigan, 1950; spent more than 50 years in basketball as player, teacher, tournament promoter, coach, Detroit Pistons scout, and referee in amateur, semi-professional and professional levels; elected to Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, 1973. Inducted 1986

  • Daniel Dworsky

    Outstanding linebacker and defensive captain of the University of Michigan 1947 and 1948 National Championship Football teams. Earned six varsity letters at Michigan, four in football and two in wrestling. Born in Minneapolis. High school star in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Starred in 1948 Rose Bowl, where U of M defeated USC 49-0. Played pro football for Los Angeles Dons in 1949. Is a much honored architect in Los Angeles. Designed the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. Inducted 1987

  • Herman Fishman

    Considered one of the finest all-around athletes produced in the Detroit area during the 1930's. Was a four sports star at Northern High School. Won 6 varsity letters at University of Michigan. All-Big Ten baseball and basketball. Held Big Ten single season E.R.A. record (0.89) for 15 years. Pitched for service All-Stars against American League All-Stars in 1942. Was a member of Detroit Pistons Board of Directors from their arrival in Detroit until his death in 1967. Joins his brothers Ben, Manny and Mickey as the only four brothers in U of M athletic history to all earn varsity letters. Inducted 1987

  • Myron "Susie" Schecter

    One of the state's greatest basketball players during the 1920's and '30's. Starred for City College of Detroit (Wayne State) from 1926-1928. Captained the famed "Point-A-Minute" team in 1928. Was first man in state to score over 200 points in one season when he scored 221 in 1926. 1928 team finished 18-1, won the state's first Michigan Collegiate conference. Was selected to the All-Conference team. Also played professional basketball in the 1930's for the Flint Buicks. Born in Russia in 1905. High school star at Detroit Northeastern. Inducted in 1987

  • Sam Bishop

    Born Sam Goldstein in Benton Harbor, Michigan. A high school star in basketball and football at Lane Tech in Chicago and Benton Harbor High. Continued to star in both sports at Western State Teachers College in Kalamazoo. Hired at Detroit Northwestern High School as football coach in 1924. Retired 44 years later with six City Championships, plus two State Titles. Coached baseball and track teams to championship also. Voted National Educator of the Year 1970 by American Association of School Administrators. Elected to Michigan Sports Hall of Fame just prior to his death in 1977. Inducted in 1988

  • Leonard Brose

    One of the best tennis players ever to come out of the Detroit area. Led Michigan State University to the Big Ten Tennis Championship and was the Conference Singles Champion in 1951. Also an NCAA quarter finalist in 1951. A five-time City of Detroit Champion and three-time State of Michigan Champion. Won both the state tennis and squash championships in 1951. Won the National Seniors Tennis Championship in 1973 at age 46. Represented the USA in Maccabiah Games in 1988 and won two silver medals. Inducted in 1988

  • Chuck Burns

    One of the nation's pioneers in the sport of table tennis. Michigan Men's Champion 17 times. Won 27 national titles and 17 international titles, including six U.S. Open Senior Men's Championships. Participated in a U.S.O. tour of Europe, Asia and Africa giving exhibitions to the troops during World War II. Was Playing Captain of the United States team for International Competitions in 1962. Also served as President - United States Table Tennis Association 1963 and 1964. Inducted into the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, and into the United States Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984. Inducted 1988

  • Lou Handler

    Born 1910. Was campus heavyweight boxing champion at Michigan State University. Shoulder injury caused him to become a referee of national reputation. Refereed fights with Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson Tony Janero, Kid Gavalian, Rocky Graziano and many others including the championship fight between Jake LaMotta and Lauren Dauthielle. Died March 22, 1974. Inducted 1989

  • Mike Yellen

    Born in 1960. One of the greatest racquetball players of all time. Captured the national championship and became the nation's top ranked player in 1983. Won national titles in 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1987. Only player to win five consecutive titles. Also the only player to ever win racquetball's "Grand Slam". Inducted 1989

  • Jacob Mazer

    Born in Russia, January 6, 1877. One of Michigan's pioneer basketball players. Led Detroit Athletic Club team in over 300 intercollegiate and club games and lost only seven. Elected President of the Michigan Amateur Athletic Union in 1929. Also founder of the Cadillac Athletic Club in downtown Detroit. Formed a pro-basketball team, the Detroit Eagles, in 1939. Died July 26, 1958. Inducted 1989

  • Benjamin B. Bagdade

    One of the founders of speed skating in Michigan. Moved to Detroit from Montreal in early 1920s. Served as Manager, U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Team in 1948. Served as Official in Winter Olympic Games in 1952, 1956, and 1960. Member of U.S. Speed Skating Committee from 1948-1968. President of American Skating Union 1948-1950. Inducted into Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 1978. Inducted into Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1977. Inducted 1990

  • Carl Bayer

    All-City basketball player for Detroit Northern High School in the early 1930s. Three year starter at Wayne State University, two years Co-Captain. Also, team's high scorer. Participated in 1936 Olympic Trials. Member of Detroit Eagles Professional Basketball Team. Player/Coach Alameda Navy Base Basketball Team during World War II. Also starting short centerfielder on Briggs Beautyware Fast Pitch Softball team that won World Championship Fast Pitch Softball title for four years in the late 1930s. Died in 1986. Inducted 1990

  • Henry Berris

    All-City forward on Detroit Northern High School basketball team in early 1930s. Played college basketball at Wayne State University. First freshman ever named Captain. Won six letters at Wayne in basketball and baseball. Participated in 1936 Olympic Basketball Trials. Coached youth basketball at the Jewish Community Center for many years. Long time team dentist for Detroit Pistons. Died in 1980, same year as Henry "Honey" Berris Memorial Basketball League established at JCC. Inducted 1990

  • Joe Magidsohn

    Came to U.S. from Latvia in 1893. All-Western football player at the University of Michigan in 1909 and 1910 for Fielding H. Yost. A hard-hitting left halfback on offense and defensive back on defense. Known for his durability, as well as ball carrying ability. Chosen to All-American teams by Walter Camp in 1090 and 1910. Believed to be first Jew to letter in football at U of M. After graduation, he began a career as a civil engineer. Remained active in sports as a Big Ten referee for 34 years. Refereed 1921 Rose Bowl game, several Army-Notre Dame games and College All-Star game. Inducted 1991

  • Julius Goldman

    Acclaimed finest athlete ever at the Detroit Institute of Technology (Detroit Tech). A four-sport athlete, winning 14 letters in basketball, football, baseball and track. Later became Detroit Tech's most successful basketball coach with a .656 winning percentage. In 1973 was named the top student athlete of the half-century from the W.D. Lowe Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario. Served as assistant coach of 1936 Canadian Olympic Basketball team that won the silver medal in Berlin. Became member of the Olympic Rules Committee. Was leading proponent for change that eliminated jump ball after every field goal. Also a long-time football and basketball referee in Detroit. Inducted 1991

  • Abe Eliowitz

    All-City and All-State football star at Western High School in 1928 and 1929. Became football and baseball star at Michigan State. Selected to various All-Star teams in 1932 and 1933; captained 1932 Spartans. Went on to star in Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes. Chosen All-Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Coached football, baseball and cross country from 1949 to 1970 at Cooley High School and from 1970 to retirement in 1975 at Redford High School. Died in 1981 at age 71. Inducted 1991

  • David Lamed Linden

    Born May 1, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan. All-City tennis 1964-1967. Squash Racquets-New York City Champion 1977. Nationally ranked #2, 1977. Silver medalist, Maccabiah Games, Israel 1977 and 1981. Michigan State and City of Detroit Champion 1984. National Men's Singles Champion-35, hardball 1986, 1987, and 1989. National Men's Champion-35 International Ball 1984, 1985, and 1987. National Men's Champion-40 hardball 1991 and 1992. National Men's Champion-40 International Ball 1990. Inducted 1992

  • Leonard Karpeles

    Born January 11, 1911 in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Played semi-professional baseball at age 14. Starred in football and basketball at East High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Quarterback on University of Pittsburgh Rose Bowl team in 1931. Moved to Detroit in 1932 and began long career of excellence in various racquet sports. From 1935 through mid-1960s, won various tennis, squash, and table tennis tournaments throughout the metro-area and the State of Michigan. Became racquet sports teaching professional at Tam O'Shanter Country Club and Southfield Athletic Club. Coached Michael Yellen to five consecutive national racquetball championships. Inducted 1992

  • Sam Taub

    Born January 19, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. All-City basketball and baseball at Central High School 1946-1948. Varsity basketball and baseball at University of Detroit 1949-1954. Also played slow pitch softball on three national championship teams. Was college basketball referee for 15 years, working in Big Ten and Mid-American conferences. Basketball coach Mumford High School 1966-1972. Won PSL Championship in 1969. Athletic Director 1972 to 1989. Inducted 1992

  • Albert J. Silber

    Born in Detroit on March 15, 1912. From 1928 through 1933 won nine State AAU Championships in the high jump and long jump. As a 14-year old at City College of Detroit (Wayne State University) became the youngest athlete in the country to ever earn a varsity letter. Was a member of the American touring track team in 1932, and in 1933 was third in the National AAU high jump championships. Graduated University of Michigan Law School with honors at age 20. Played two years of semi-professional basketball. Inducted 1993

  • Harry Eisenstat

    A native of Brooklyn, New York, was a major league pitcher for Brooklyn, Detroit and Cleveland from 1936 until 1942 when he entered the Army Air Corps. Won 25 games and lost 27 with a 3.84 ERA. While with Tigers in 1938 won both ends of a doubleheader and was the winning pitcher against Bob Feller in the game in which Feller struck out 18 Tigers to set a major league record. Inducted 1993

  • Ralph Goldstein

    Born October 26, 1934 in Detroit. Was All-State as member of 1951-1952 Central High School basketball team. Won National and All-Conference honors as captain of 1955-1956 University of Detroit squad. A three-year starter, he was the first guard to score over 1,000 points. Later coached at St. Theresa and Divine Child High schools and Aquinas College. Inducted into the University of Detroit Sports Hall of Fame in 1982. Died June 30, 1988. Inducted 1993

  • James M. Kamman

    One of the outstanding collegiate wrestlers of the 1960s while attending the University of Michigan. Michigan State AAU champion, 1964; Big Ten champion, 1965; Big Ten and NCAA champion, 1967; All-Marine and All-Navy champion, 1969 and 1970. Received Fielding H. Yost Award for athletic and academic achievement in 1967. Flew over 200 missions in Viet Nam, earning Distinguished Flying Cross and 15 Strike Flight Air Medals. Inducted 1994

  • Robert R. Luby

    A native of Detroit, won three letters each in track and football at Wayne State University from 1937 to 1940. Captain of track team in 1940. Led mile relay team to victories in Penn, Illinois and Butler Relays. Returned two punts and pass interceptions for touchdowns in single game in 1937. Elected to Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. Served as division director of Detroit Public School's Department of Health, Physical Education and Athletics from 1962 to 1983. Inducted 1994

  • David Rott

    Born in Detroit, May 31, 1928. Started playing handball in 1958; thereafter finished either first or second in over 70 international, national, state and local tournaments. Won a World Super Masters Doubles championship, two Canadian National Super Masters championships and eight various United States senior titles. Won the Michigan Open Doubles tournament in 1975 and six Michigan master championships from 1984 to 1992. Inducted 1994

  • Myron N. "Joe" Ginsberg

    Born in New York City, October 11, 1926. Graduated from Cooley High School, lettering in baseball and basketball. Signed professional baseball contract when 17 years old and caught for 13 years in the major leagues, including five years with the Detroit Tigers. Had a .241 lifetime batting average, and a .983 fielding average. Inducted 1995

  • Mike Hartman

    Born in Detroit, February 7, 1967. Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 1986, played in 397 National Hockey League games over a period of nine years. Was member of New York Ranger team that won Stanley Cup in 1993-1994. Inducted 1995

  • Benny Goldberg

    Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1919 and lived in Detroit from 1922 to 1945. Boxed as featherweight and bantamweight, and had only two losses in 37 recorded bouts. Won 14 fights by knockouts. Elected to Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994. Was world's second-ranked bantamweight from 1943 to 1946, and in 1943 lost 15-round split decision in title fight. Inducted 1995

  • Don Berger

    A high school baseball and football star in Philadelphia. Played linebacker and center for Michigan State from 1955 to 1957. Started for 1957 Rose Bowl Championship team and played in 1957 Blue-Gray game. Played professional for Saskatchewan Rough Riders, New York Titans and Dallas Cowboys. Died in 1985. Inducted 1996

  • Ben Braun

    Became head basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University in 1985 and in 1996 became "winningest" coach in school's history. Led team to NCAA tournament three times in 11 years and reached round of 16 in 1991. Voted 1987-1988 Michigan Basketball Coach of the Year. Coached United States silver medal winning team at the 1989 Maccabiah Games. Inducted 1996

  • Charles Frankel

    Played basketball and baseball for Michigan State University, 1944-1945, and Wayne State University, 1947-1950. Also played with U.S. Navy Oklahoma Skyjackets basketball team, 1945-1947. At Michigan State was first freshman basketball player to win a letter. At Wayne State pitched no-hitter, won Best Athlete Award, and was elected to College Hall of Fame. At Northern High School won nine letters and was selected for All-State basketball team. Inducted 1996

  • Al Ackerman

    Considered Detroit's premier sports journalist on television during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, he is know for his no-nonsense approach, probing questions and challenging demeanor. He created the slogan "Bless You Boys" for the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers. He worked for Channel 4 and 7 during his illustrious 25-year career in Detroit. Inducted 1997

  • Aaron Krickstein

    Considered one of the greatest tennis players ever produced in the state of Michigan. Won boys 14, 16, and 18 National Singles championships. Youngest to ever win an ATP Tournament; youngest World Top 10. Won 12 professional titles; World Top 10 in 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, and 1991; highest World Rank 6. U.S. Davis Cup Team 1984-1992. Semifinalist U.S. Open and Australian Open. Inducted 1997

  • Jackie Kallen

    Known as the First Lady of Boxing. After working as a publicist for champion Thomas Hearns for ten years, she branched off into management when she discovered a young fighter named James Toney and steered him into two world championships. She has managed two other champions and has been nominated twice for Manager of the Year. Inducted 1997

  • Mickey Fishman

    Spent his early years as a champion swimmer. But he's most remembered as the star baseball pitcher for the University of Michigan. In 1942 he led Michigan to the Big Ten title and pitched a nearly perfect game against Northwestern on the way to that title. When his own athletic career ended, he spent 25 years operating Camp Michigama where hundreds of boys and girls learned the discipline of participating in athletics. Inducted in 1998

  • Mark Jaffe

    With 137 career championships in singles and doubles, Mark Jaffe definitely made his mark on more than just the local tennis community. From being named Michigan State Boys Singles Champion as a teenager in 1950, to playing on the 1957 University of Michigan NCAA championship team, to coming out of retirement in 1981 to become the Maccabiah Masters Singles Champion in Israel. Mark Jaffe's career included two Number One rankings in the Western Tennis Association. Inducted 1998

  • Jay Robinson

    The late Jay Robinson was the guiding light of the Maccabi Games in Detroit since 1983. Beyond the Detroit Games, Robinson was also co-chair of the U.S. Junior team, chair of the U.S. Masters track and field, and participant in the triathlon in Israel for the World Maccabiah Games. Yet with these immense responsibilities, Jay never forgot the individual athlete, taking time to guide and encourage teens, as well as coaches, on a one-on-one basis. Inducted 1998

  • Alan Rothenberg

    Native Detroiter attended Mumford High School and the University of Michigan. A prominent attorney, instructor and television commentator. President of the L.A. Clippers Basketball team 1982-1989. President of the United States Soccer Federation 1990-1998. Known internationally for his dedication to the world of soccer. Founder of Major League Soccer. Inducted 1999

  • Julius Spielberg

    Russian born, immigrated to Detroit in 1921. Graduated from Detroit College of Pharmacy. Was a successful pharmacist for over 60 years. At age 70, changed his lifestyle, opting a healthy diet and exercise program. At the Michigan Senior Olympics collected 10 Gold medals in the 1500 and 5000 meter race walk. With race walking champion medals totaling 31, holds the National Senior record for the 5000m. Inducted in 1999

  • Allan Tolmich

    Born in Detroit, March 30, 1918. Found his love of track at an early age. Joined the Wayne State University track team in 1934 as a walk-on. Captained the team in 1936 and 1937. 1937 National AAU Champion 110 and 200 meters hurdles. 1937-1941 selected a member of the National AAU All-American Track team. During career set 10 World and U.S. records. Inducted 1999

  • Jeffrey Deitch

    Born in Detroit in 1961. He is one of the country's finest squash players. A member of the University of Michigan's 1980-1983 squash team. U of M team captain 1983 before going on to medical school. Jeffrey was a Finalist in the U.S. Open Hardball Championship in 1995 and National Hardball and Softball Championship in singles and doubles. He is the current reigning state champion in squash singles and doubles in both the open and 35+ divisions. Inducted in 2000

  • Paul Groffsky

    A three-year starting center-forward on the University of Michigan basketball team (1952-1955). He averaged double figures in scoring each of the three years, and was the team's leading rebounder during that time. He was leading scorer and most valuable player in sophomore year. Team captain his senior year, the first of only two "walk-on" captains of the Michigan basketball team in the last 50 years. Paul was also a starting forward on the gold medal-winning United States basketball team in the 1953 Maccabiah games and high scorer for the United States in the championship game against Israel. Inducted in 2000

  • Bernard Kahn

    A New York high school backstroke champion for two consecutive years, he was captain of the swim team those two years. Bernard was a three-year letterman in swimming at the University of Michigan, as well as an All-American swimmer for two years. Member of the NCAA Swimming Championship team in 1948. In 1952, he took second in the 100 yard backstroke in the National AAU Championship at Yale. Bernard now resides in California. Inducted in 2000

  • Walter Godfrey

    Born in Detroit in 1935, Walter Godfrey played for Michigan State University from 1954-1956. He was captain and starting guard for the Spartans basketball team and was the starting pitcher on the Spartans Big Ten Championship team in 1954. Walter was signed by the Detroit Tigers after college. Inducted 2001

  • Sam Greenblatt

    Born in Toronto in 1933, Sam Greenblatt is hockey. From the National Hockey League to USA Hockey, he is known and loved for his dedication, his contributions to the game and for helping to make hockey, throughout the world, what it is today. He spent over 30 years as one of the leaders in the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association. Inducted in 2001

  • Alvin Rappaport

    Born in Cleveland in 1913, Alvin Rappaport attended the University of Detroit from 1934-1936, where he was a member of the "Seven Iron Men" track team that competed nationally against the finest track teams in the country. He competed, and mostly won, in the 60 yard, 100 yard, 220 yard and sprint relays. Alvin was a member of the U.S. International Sprint Relay team, along with Jesse Owens. He was Inducted into the University of Detroit's Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. Inducted in 2001

  • Billy Berris

    Born into basketball in 1950 as the son of Henry "Honey" Berris (a 1990 inductee). All-around athlete, attended Mumford High School 1965-1968. Captain of his basketball team in his junior and senior years, led team in scoring and assists. As a senior, was selected by coaches as one of the top six guards in the city and the league. All-City in tennis, as well; was a two-year captain. Played college basketball at Wayne State. Represented the USA a record six times as a Master's basketball player at World Maccabiah and Pan Am Games (1993-2000) and player-coach 2001, winning a record six medals. Inducted 2002

  • Richie Jordan

    One of the greatest high school athletes in Michigan's sports history. Grew up in Fennville, Michigan, where he was All-State in basketball, football, baseball, and track. It was basketball that brought him to the public's attention when he averaged 44.4 points per game in the 1964-65 season. A member of the National High School Hall of Fame, he went on to play basketball at Michigan State University and professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Inducted 2002

  • Marissa Pollick

    Attended Berkley High School 1974-1977; was a state finalist on the girl's tennis team, and also the first female to earn a varsity letter on the school's boy's tennis team. A four-year letter winner and two-time co-captain of the University of Michigan's women's tennis team. One of the first women to receive a varsity letter in 1974. In 1999, was the first female president in the 86-year history of the U of M "M" Club. Inducted 2002

  • Dick Schaap

    Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1934, probably the most versatile journalist of his generation, his career included newspaper columns, magazine articles, theater reviews, television, radio, and 33 books. He won 7 prestigious Emmy Awards and was host of ESPN's Sports Reporters. Was an integral part of the success of the Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf and Tennis Invitational, serving as honorary Co-Chair for 11 years. His tireless humanitarian effort and devotion to the event helped the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation raise over one million dollars for cancer research. Died December 21, 2001. Inducted 2002

  • Steve Fishman

    Born in Detroit in 1949. One of the top playmaking guards in the Detroit Public School League in the mid-1960s. Averaged 15 assists per game at Mumford High School in 1965-66. Named first-team All-City by PSL coaches and honorable mention all-State. All-City golf in 1965. Played basketball at the University of Michigan from 1967-1970. Inducted 2003

  • George Maskin

    Born in Hamtramck in 1917. Elected to the Michigan High School Hall of Fame and Catholic League Hall of Fame. Sports Editor of the Observer-Eccentric during the 1960s and 1970s. Sports writer for the Detroit Times and Free Press. Has officiated every sport at the high school and college levels, including College World Series. Inducted 2003

  • Eugene Mondry

    Born in Detroit in 1930. Achieved 11 athletic letters at Central H.S. in football, track and tennis. One of the country's most accomplished competitive sailors. Past 38 years skippered his own yacht in 43 Port Huron-Mackinac races. Won class 8 times, twice overall. Won North American 40' National Championship in 1982. Inducted 2003

  • Willie Stone

    Born in Detroit in 1924. Over 50 years has distinguished himself in the sport of squash, competing in local, state and national tournaments. Won over 200 championships and trophies. First local Jewish athlete to dominate the sport of squash. Inducted 2003

  • Jeffrey A. Cohen

    Three-year letter winner at University of Michigan, playing for Bo Schembechler in 1980, 1982, 1983 as a defensive back. Played in Rose Bowl in 1981 and 1983. Member of Big Ten Championship team 1980 and 1982. Three-sport star at North Farmington High School in football, baseball and track. Inducted 2004

  • Jerry Green

    Sportswriter and columnist for the Detroit News from 1963-2004. Named "Sports Writer of the Year" nine times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. 2002 finalist for the writer's wing of Pro-Football Hall of Fame. Pulitzer Prize nomination for commentary and 2003 George F. Pierott "journalist of the Year". Covered all 37 Super Bowls. Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Inducted 2004

  • Philip Horowitz

    Member of the Professional Bowlers Association from 1989-1993. Rolled 10 perfect 300 games and seven sanctioned 800+ series in ABC competition. Has maintained 200+ bowling average for over 20 years. Won 11 Gold Medals in Senior Olympics and three Gold Medals in National Senior Sports Classics. Inducted 2004

  • Founders of the MJSHOF - 2004 Inductees

    Photos in order are: Alvin Foon* Billy Jacobs* Myron Milgrom Seymour Brode Mickey Fishman Robert A. Steinberg

    In 1984, Alvin Foon created the concept to both honor Jewish individuals who had distinguished themselves in athletics within the state of Michigan and to raise funds for charitable causes. Foon enlisted fellow community leaders and activists Jacobs, Milgrom, Brode, Fishman and Steinberg to establish the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Their visions and hard work is honored on the 20th Anniversary of the MJSHOF. Inducted 2004

  • *of blessed memory

  • Sam Babcock

    Graduate of the University of Michigan in 1928. All-City in Football at Central High School. Played three years under legendary coach, Fielding Yost, at the University of Michigan, alongside Benny Friedman. As a starting left halfback scored touchdowns against Michigan State and Indiana. Inducted 2005

  • Oscar Feldman

    Graduate of University of Michigan in 1943. Oscar Feldman has been part of the Detroit Pistons for over 30 years, under the present ownership. He has held positions as General Manager and Legal Counsel of the Pistons. Oscar Feldman represents the Pistons at NBA Board of Governor meetings. Inducted 2005

  • Frank Goldberg

    Graduate of Central Michigan University in 1965. An all-around great athlete at Mumford High School, starring in football, baseball and hockey. He starred at CMS from 1962-1965 where he was a starting middle linebacker and tight end. During the '63 and '64 seasons, he was voted All-Conference of the Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In 1965, he was drafted by the World Champion Cleveland Browns in the NFL. Inducted 2005

  • Marianne Ring Caplan

    Born February 22, 1961 in Detroit. #1 Singles at Groves H.S. 1976-78, with a 44-7 record and winning Regionals twice. State Semi-Finalist in 1978. Voted All-League, All-Oakland County, All-Metro, and All-State. Earned tennis scholarship to top-ten-ranked Pepperdine University. Played singles and doubles freshman year, 1980. Transferred to the University of Michigan and played singles and doubles 1982-83. In 2002, won a Bronze Ball in USTA Women's 40's Doubles National Grasscourt Championships and earned #10 USTA National singles ranking. Won Gold in 40's Singles and Silver in 35's Mixed Doubles at 2005 World Maccabiah Games. Inducted 2006

  • Bert Ruby

    Born in Hungary as Bertalan Rubinstein in 1910. Was a star soccer player as a young man. Migrated to Canada in 1930s. Moved to Detroit and became a professional wrestler for over 20 years, until he retired in 1954. Then became the primary professional wrestling promoter in Michigan with weekly TV shows throughout the state and The Wrestling News magazine. He raised money for countless organizations and charities through local wrestling shows. His Motor City Wrestling show on WXYZ-TV ran for may years in the 1950s and 60s. Died in March, 1968. Inducted 2006

  • Mathieu Schneider

    Born in New York City, June 12, 1969, the all-time leading Jewish scorer in NHL history and one of the league's all-time top scoring defensemen. Originally drafted in 1987 by the Montreal Canadians and was on 1992-93 Stanley Cup championship team. Also played for NY Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, NY Rangers and LA Kings. Traded to the Detroit Red Wings from LA Kings in 2003. Played in two NHL All-Star games. Also a two-time US Olympic Team member. Inducted 2006

  • Larry Stark

    Born December 2, 1953, in Detroit. Received city, regional and state honors playing Varsity Tennis at Berkley H.S., with 30-1 record senior year. Voted team's MVP. Played #1 Singles and Doubles at Michigan State, 1972-76. Co-captain senior year. Won 7 major USTA Men's Open tennis titles. In 2004, ranked #1 USTA +50 Men's in Michigan and #2 +50 Men's Mid-Central Region. In squash, 3-time USSRA National Semi-Finalist. Nationally ranked #3 in Men's + 35 and #2 Men's + 40. Won 15 USSRA Michigan squash titles. Winner Men's USSRA Singles State "A" Open, Men's 35+ (1989) and 40+ (1994) State Champion. Inducted 2006

  • Bill Serman

    Bill Serman

    Born in Detroit on July 4, 1924. A terrific all-around athlete who played basketball and earned All-City honors in baseball at Central High School. Later in life, he pursued golf, tennis and squash with excellence. A strong supporter of Israel, Bill is recognized for his contributions to the development of baseball in that country. He led the effort through the Israel-American Baseball, Inc./Detroit Committee. He also served as a Trustee of the Israel Baseball Association. Bill passed away on September 19, 1999. Inducted 2007

  • Josh Mondry

    Josh Mondry

    Born in Detroit on October 17, 1963. One of the state's most accomplished amateur golfers. Winner of the Michigan Medal Play Championship in 1989, 1992, and 1996; winner of the Horton Smith championship in 1989, 1996, and 2002; 1988 Golf Association of Michigan Champion; runner-up Michigan Amateur Championship in 1989 and 1993; voted Michigan Amateur Player of the Year in 1993 and 1996; and G.A.M. Player of the Year in 1993. Played in nine U.S.G.A. National Amateur championships and one British National championship. Played #1 on the Stanford University golf team. Inducted 2007

  • Allan 'Al' Freund

    Allan "Al" Freund

    Born in New York City on September 12, 1934, and moved to Detroit at age two. Ran track, cross country and played basketball at Central High School. Played basketball for two years at Highland Park Junior College. A very successful high school basketball coach at Hale, Rockford, and Southgate Schafer. Joined staff at Eastern Michigan University as assistant coach in 1967 and was Head Coach from 1972-1976 during the time when the school moved to Division I and joined the Mid-American Conference. Retired from EMU as an Assistant Professor of Physical Education in 1997. Inducted 2007

  • Frank Faudem

    Frank Faudem

    Born in Detroit on July 9, 1921. Played baseball and football at Central High School, earning All-City honors in baseball in 1940. Signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers in 1940. Hit .321 with 68 RBIs and 81 runs in 118 games for the Fulton Tigers in the Kitty League in 1941. Played for Winston-Salem of the Piedmont League in 1942. Joined the Army in January, 1942, and was killed by a Japanese sniper in the South Pacific on January 12, 1945. Inducted 2007

  • Roy Clark

    Roy Clark

    Born in Detroit on July 31, 1921. A two-sport star at Central High School in 1937-1940. Earned six varsity letters and All-City honors in baseball and basketball. Played professional baseball as a catcher in 1941 for the Bluefield, West Virginia Blue Grays where he batted .306 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 79 games. His career was interrupted when he enlisted in the Army Air Corp shortly after Pearl Harbor. A war injury to his arm prevented him from accepting offers to continue his career. Inducted 2007

  • Denise Thal

    Denise Thal

    A 1977 Rhodes Scholar (and the first woman since 1904) who was a trailblazer in women's sports by initiating a bill in the Michigan legislature making it legal for girls to play on school teams with men in non-contact sports. United States Tennis Association ranked, Michigan State doubles champion and varsity tennis and basketball star at Harvard. Currently Vice-President for Business Operations and CFO at The Henry Ford. Inducted 2008

  • Don Shane

    Don Shane

    For over a quarter of a century has been the leading television-sports reporter in the Detroit market. WXYZ Action Sports Director. Winner of multiple Emmy Awards in recognition of his sports reporting and journalism. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado. Inducted 2008

  • Benny Bayer

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    Basketball leading scorer at Detroit Northern High School in 1929. Captain of the Michigan State Normal (Eastern Michigan University) basketball team. Earned individual scoring honors. Older brother of previous MJSHOF inductee, Carl Bayer. Inducted 2008

  • Leonard Alkon

    Leonard Alkon

    Was the city 100 and 220-yard dash champion in the early 1940's while at Detroit Northern High School. His best high school clocking in the 100-yard dash was 9.7 seconds, and at the time the world record was 9.3 seconds. Big Ten 60-yard dash indoor champion while at University of Michigan. Inducted 2008

  • Stephen D. Greenberg

    Stephen D. Greenberg

    Born September 8, 1948 in N.Y.C., the son of baseball legend and Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg. Managing Director of Allen & Company, focusing on sports and media. Represented owners in the sale of several baseball clubs, including: Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves; represented Wilpon family in the acquisition of the N.Y. Mets. Helped form regional sports networks in N.Y. and Chicago; Big Ten Network and MLB Network. Co-founder Classic Sports Network and CSTV:College Sports TV. Served as Deputy Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1990-93. Law degree from UCLA. Played 5 minor league seasons in Texas Rangers organization. 1970 Yale graduate; captain of baseball team. Inducted 2009

  • Dr. Stuart Kirschenbaum

    Dr. Stuart Kirschenbaum

    State of Michigan Boxing Commissioner 1981-92, second longest tenure in State history. Instrumental in establishment of federal regulations for boxing. Co-founded the Association of Boxing Commissions. Judged over a dozen World Boxing Championships. Outstanding amateur boxer 1967 NY Golden Gloves. 1993 Sports Illustrated recipient Joe Louis Award. Founder and President Michigan Boxing Hall of Fame. Served as President Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation, Vice President Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Board -International African American Sports Hall of Fame, Board - Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame. Inducted 2009

  • Kathryn Krickstein-Pressel

    Kathryn Krickstein-Pressel

    Born on November 21, 1959, in Boston, MA; grew up in Grosse Pointe, MI. Won several State of Michigan junior championships. Runner-up in the 18 and under National Girl's Doubles; won the State of Michigan Women's Doubles and twice the Michigan Mixed Doubles. Won 1979 and 1980 Big Ten tennis championships while at U of M. Tennis Director at Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy - coached and traveled with top nationally-ranked tournament players. Lost her fight with breast cancer in 2003. Sister of MJSF Hall of Famer Aaron Krickstein. Daughters are LPGA Tour professional, Morgan, and University of Texas golfer Madison; and son Mitchell. Inducted 2009

  • Richard A. Loewenstein

    Richard A. Loewenstein

    Born July 18, 1960, in Detroit. Outstanding student athlete and dedicated youth sports coach. Babson College Freshman and Senior Athlete of the Year; 4 year hockey standout; 3-time baseball captain, MVP, All-New England, and played in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. Cranbrook School Senior Athlete of the Year; team captain, All-Conference baseball; team captain, All-State hockey; All-State soccer. Selected to 2001 USA Men's Fastpitch Softball team for World Maccabiah Games. Inducted into the Detroit Men's Senior Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2008. Inducted 2009

  • Steve Rosen

    Steve Rosen

    Born July 15, 1949 in Detroit, Steve Rosen was a high school track star who won the county championship in the high jump and was the runner-up in the 180 yard hurdles. At the University of Michigan, he competed on the track team. As a varsity trackman, he placed in many dual meets and several invitational meets, and participated in the Big Ten Championships. He lettered in track at the University of Michigan in 1971. He went on to graduate from Wayne State Medical School and practiced Radiology from 1978-2006. He was a starter for the U.S.A. basketball squad in the 35-and-over division of the Maccabiah International Games in Israel in 1993. Steve continues to be involved with Michigan track as an official for the University of Michigan track program. Inducted 2009

  • George Cantor

    George Cantor

    Lifelong resident of Detroit area; graduate of Mumford HS & Wayne State. Author of 30 books (including U of M football and the World Series-winning 1968 & 1984 Detroit Tigers), countless sports articles & newspaper columns. Lead reporter covering Detroit Tigers for the Detroit Free Press, 1966-1969. Became sports & general news columnist & member of The Detroit News Editorial Board, 1979-2003; joined staff of The Jewish News as columnist, 2003. Commentator on television & radio. Taught sports journalism at Wayne State & Oakland U. Received lifetime achievement award, April 2010, from Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit chapter.Inducted 2010

  • Richard J. 'Hap' Foreman

    Richard J. "Hap" Foreman

    Born in Detroit, 1938. Played baseball in Detroit Amateur Baseball Federation, Fireman, and Labor Leagues. 2 varsity letters at Redford HS. At Olivet College, in 1957, batted .309 & signed by Philadelphia Phillies. Set Georgia-Florida League record in '58, hitting 2 grand slams in 1 game & a RBI single, totaling 9 RBIs in that game; hit 1 more grand slam a few weeks later. Sent to Phillies franchise in NY-Penn League. 1958 professional stats in 106 games-.250 batting average, 9 HR, 74 RBIs. Played football at Olivet College in fall 1958; led the MIAA in punting, averaging 37.3 yards per kick. Sustained professional and college career-ending knee injury. Inducted 2010

  • Richard Goldberg

    Richard Goldberg

    Born in Detroit, April 1st, 1966. Graduated from Detroit Country Day in 1984, where he excelled in basketball and baseball and earned the honor of being named 1st Team Jewish High School All-American in Basketball. Selected UPI Class C 1st Team All-State in Basketball and Academic All-State. Four-time winner of John Hannett Varsity Basketball Award. In baseball, selected to the All-State Dream Team. Received a basketball scholarship to Creighton University and later played at Arizona State. Selected as an alternate on the 1989 United States silver medal winning Maccabiah Men's Basketball Team. Inducted 2010

  • Larry Sherman

    Larry Sherman

    Born in Detroit in 1952. All-Conference Captain in Basketball, Baseball and Cross Country at Oak Park High School from 1968-1970. Set Oak Park basketball career scoring record with 893 points, averaging over 22 points per game during the '69 and '70 seasons. Current holder of single game scoring record of 51 points set in '69, prior to the 3-point line. 1969 and 1970 All-Area SE Michigan and All-County Class A. Detroit Free Press and Detroit News All-Suburban, All-Metro, and All-State Honorable Mention in Basketball. Recruited by 55 colleges. Played Freshman and Varsity Basketball at Harvard from 1970-1973. Inducted 2010

  • Mitch Albom

    Mitch Albom

    Born May 23, 1958, Passaic, NJ. Internationally-renowned best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and philanthropist. Books sold more than 28 million worldwide and were made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies. Earned BA in 1979 at Brandeis; Masters Degrees from Columbia in 1983. After years as a musician, turned to writing. Moved to Detroit in 1985; became nationally-lauded sports columnist at the Detroit Free Press and one of best-known media figures in the citys history. Founded multiple charities, many in metro Detroit, and operated an orphanage in Haiti. Was 2010 recipient of Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement from the Associated Press Sports Editors. Inducted 2011

  • Irving "Pro" Boim

    Irving "Pro" Boim

    Born July 2, 1921 in Chicago. Nicknamed "Pro" at 5-years as he was great imitator of baseball greats; name stuck for life. High school pitching phenom who, upon recommendation, attended U of M. Had great curve ball and live fastball. No. 1 pitcher in sophomore year, winning the Big Ten Championship. 1942: had 1.40 ERA and enlisted in the Navy. While in training, pitched against many big league stars, including Ted Williams, who in 4 times to bat got one hit; struck him out twice in a row. 1946: after college, enjoyed 9-year career in Minor Leagues with Pittsburgh, Chicago White Sox, and Cincinnati where he played with or against 56 Big Leaguers. Had he not spent 3 • years in the war in his prime, he probably would have been in the Majors. His greatest achievement was inspiring thousands of kids whom he taught in baseball camps and as an elementary P.E. teacher for 44 years. Inducted 2011

  • Bruce Seid

    Bruce Seid

    Born in Detroit in 1961. Graduated from Oak Park in 1980. A 1980 High School All-American baseball player and two-time First Team All-State Shortstop. In 1979, at 17 years old, starred on Adray Appliance of the Detroit Adray Baseball League, batting .400 while helping Appliance to a 2nd place finish in the AAABA tournament. Foregoing an MSU scholarship, signed professionally in 1980 as a 4th round draft choice with the Chicago Cubs and was a rookie league All-Star. His career path stayed in baseball as a Major League scout for the San Diego Padres (1992-96), Pittsburgh Pirates (1997), and Milwaukee Brewers (1998 to present) where he has also been an executive as their Amateur Scouting Director since 2009. Inducted 2011

  • Rick Seid

    Born July 10,1953. Oak Park High graduate in 1971, lettering in football, basketball and baseball in sophomore•senior years. Basketball: All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention. Captained State quarterfinals team senior year. Baseball: catcher earned All-Conference, All-County twice and All-State honors. 1971 draftee of Boston Red Sox; declined offer. Freshman letterman in baseball at U-M; transferred to MSU • captained the team and selected All-Big Ten in 1975 and 1976. Led Larcos of Detroit Adray League to National Championship runner-ups in 1972 and Championship in 1974. Professional baseball overall career average of .312. Selected Topps Player of the Month August 1976. Texas Lone Star league home run leader 1977. Inducted 2011

  • Henry "Hank" Wineman

    Henry "Hank" Wineman

    Born in Detroit, February 16, 1970. Graduated from Berkley High School in 1988, excelling in football, earning Team Co-MVP, First Team All League, First Team All Oakland County and First Team All Area honors. Graduated from Albion College in 1992, also excelling at football. 1990-1991: Team MVP; All League MIAA. 1991: League MVP; First Team Kodak All American; and NCAA Division III Statistical Champion/Rushing. Albion College Individual (2007) and Team (1989-1991) Hall of Fame Inductee. Still holds the following Albion College Football records: 1988•1991: Most Rushing Attempts/Career • 538. 1990•1991: Most Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Games • 18. 1991: Most Rushing Attempts/Season • 307 and Most Yards Rushing Season • 1,629 (9 Games). Inducted 2011

  • Lynda Goldstein Benit

    Lynda Goldstein Benit

    Born in Detroit in 1974. Awards for swimming from age of 10 through college. Won Eastern Michigan University athletic scholarship, earning All Mid-American Conference honors in '94 & Top 10 All-Time in 4 events. Broke oldest EMU record 400 Individual Medley in '94. Swam in '86 and '90 Maccabi Games, winning 11 gold & 2 silver medals. H.S. honors: State champion 500 freestyle and 1st team in 2 All-American events. Held State record for 14 years in 500 freestyle for 12-year olds; in Swimming World's National Age Group Top 5 in 200 & 500 freestyle & Top 10 in individual medley. Still holds 4 individual & 1 relay record at West Bloomfield High School. Inducted 2012

  • Herb Brown

    Herb Brown

    Former Detroit Pistons Head Coach. Internationally recognized coach, teacher, clinician, author and mentor. 40 coaching at highest levels. Career Head Coach winning percentage .625; Detroit, 79-81 regular season record with 2 play-off appearances. 1st Pistons Coach to lead team to 2nd Round of NBA Play-offs. 17 year NBA Assistant. Head coach: 8 years college; 15 Puerto Rico; 6 Spain; 1 Israel. 5 Team Championships, 6 time Coach of the Year. 3 NBA Championship Rings. Gold Medal as Head Coach 2001 Maccabi Games. U.S Jewish Hall of Fame Inductee, Hank Greenberg Sportsmanship Award, U.S. Sports for Israel Board. Volunteer: NBA Basketball Without Borders, Peace Players International, Israel Friendship Games. Inducted 2012

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    Daniel Cohen

    Born in Queens, NY in 1962. Graduated from North Farmington High School in 1980. All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention in football and track. All-Metro North Football. All- Oakland County and Regional Champ in 100-meter dash. Set school record in 100-meter dash (10.84). Attended Eastern Michigan University on a football scholarship from 1980-1984. Four-year letterman, three-year starting linebacker, recording 170 tackles at EMU. Defensive Captain 1983. Two-time First Team All Mid American Conference Academic (1983-1984). Honorable Mention All-MAC Academic (1982). Inducted 2012

  • Storm Kirschenbaum

    Storm Kirschenbaum

    First Jewish News High School Athlete of the Year inducted into MI Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. 1996: broke Groves H.S. baseball records • batting average .518; 10 homeruns; 54 RBIs; 33 stolen bases; 44 hits; & 37 runs; USA Today All-American baseball player, 1st Team Region IV ABCA; East-West Classic All-Star Team; MHSBCA Dream Team; 1st Team: All-State, All-Metro, All-County, All-Area & Team MVP; Daily Tribune Player of the Year. 1st Michigan player in 15 years to receive athletic scholarship to #1 ranked U of Florida (.312 BA), transferred to D-1 Long Island University • C.W. Post, awarded ECAC Medal Award (.306 BA). MLBPA Certified Player Agent. Inducted 2012

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    Jamie Silverstein

    2006 US Olympian in Ice Dancing was born in Pittsburg, PA in 1983, moving to Michigan at age 11. A six-time US National medalist and Junior World Champion. Competed (with Justin Pekarek), winning 1999 World Junior Championships and U.S. Junior National Championships. With Pekarek, represented U.S. in 2000 World Championships and was 2000 US National Silver Medalist. Won bronze medal (with Ryan O'Meara) at 2006 U.S. Championships and competed in the 2006 Olympics. Graduated magna cum laude from Cornell. Skated with the Ice Theatre of NY. in 2011-2012. Inducted 2012

  • Dan Arnold

    Dan Arnold was born in Detroit on January 1, 1924. Dan attended Central High from 1939-42 lettering in track, baseball, basketball and selected to the all-city basketball team. In 1943, he attended Detroit Tech and played basketball and track. That same year, he was selected by sports writers and coaches to the all-city and all state collegiate basketball teams. Arnold continued his playing career in the Air Force from 1944-45 as an all star for the 397th Champion Bombardment Group. He returned to Detroit after the war playing one more year in 1945 at Detroit Tech, breaking the all time scoring record. Later attending, In 1946, he was the starting point guard fo Wayne State University. From 1947-48, he played for the Jewish War Veterans Bale Post team and JCC basketball team, leading JCC to win the Midwest regional tournament in Canton, OH. Dan Arnold resides today in West Bloomfield. Inducted 2013

  • Debbie Michelson Fuger

    Debbie Michelson began playing tennis at age seven and first played competitively at ten. Debbie was a four-time league (UAA) champion from 1989•92 at Washington University in St. Louis. Her career record in singles was 106-10 (.914) and in doubles 77-21 (.786). As a senior, she earned All-America honors, becoming the first women's tennis player from Washington University to do so. She still holds all the singles tennis records at Washington University. Debbie ended her tennis career with an NCAA division III women's singles ranking of #3. Michelson received the school's W. Alfred Hayes Award for leadership, Outstanding Student Athlete, John M. Olin School of Business and Savitt Award for Sportsmanship in Tennis. Debbie was inducted into the Washington University Hall of Fame in 1997 and in 2013 named to the University Athletic Association's 25th Anniversary Women's Tennis Team. Debbie is an Executive Vice President at SMZ Advertising. She resides in West Bloomfield with her husband Pierre and 3-year-old twins, Michael and Avery. Inducted 2013

  • Martin Wolfe

    Marty Wolfe received 9 varsity letters from West Bloomfield High School between 1984-1987 earning All Conference honors in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He attended Indiana University on a baseball scholarship and lettered 1989-1992. He was defensive player of the year in 1991, team captain in 1992, led Hoosiers to a Big Ten Championship in 1991 and was first team All-Big Ten in 1992. Wolfe was 13th in the nation with a batting average of .421 in 1992, 19th in the nation in slugging percentage with a .760 in and ranked in the Top 20 in the nation in doubles in 1992. As of 2013, he was still top 10 in the Big Ten Conference games in hits, runs, doubles, and runs batted in. Inducted 2013

  • Eli Zaret

    Eli Zaret was Detroit's first FM sportscaster in 1974 at WABX. While working at WRIF in 1979, he became America's first nationally syndicated FM sportscaster for ABC-FM network. He began his TV career at WDIV in Detroit in 1980 and hosted America's first ever locally produced half-hour Major League Baseball pregame show (Tigers '82). Leaving Detroit for a short time in 1986, Zaret became lead sports anchor at WABC-TV in New York. Back in Detroit from 1988-1995 Zaret held the lead sports anchor chair at WJBK, Fox 2 and hosted Emmy winning "Eli and Denny" show from 1997-04 he created and hosted the "Lockeroom" with Kirk Gibson and Gary Danielson on WDIV, Fox Sports Detroit, and on radio at WXYT. From 2005-11, Eli was Detroit Pistons TV host and sideline reporter. He is the author of three books and winner of 5 Michigan TV Emmy Awards. Inducted 2013

  • Rick Zussman

    Rick Zussman grew up in Huntington Woods and played tennis for four years at Bloomfield Hills winning state honors. At the University of Iowa, he played varsity tennis from 1974-1977 playing 1st singles and doubles in 1976 and 1977. He was Co-Captain in 1976 and 1977, and named to All Big Ten Tennis Team in those same years. In 1977, Rick was the Iowa Big Ten Medal of Honor Winner for attaining "the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work". Zussman has coached the Detroit Maccabi In-Line Hockey Team and served as Vice Chairman of Athletics for the 2008 JCC Maccabi Games and Co-Chair for the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games in Detroit. Zussman has practiced law for 33 years at the law firm of Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss and is now Chairman of the Board. Inducted 2013

Past Pillars of Excellence

2013 Pillars of Excellence

The 2013 Pillars of Excellence award was established a year ago to honor lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to athletics and the enrichment of the community.

Heb Bernstein

Herb Bernstein spent thirty-five years teaching physical education in Oak Park and Detroit. He coached for 26 years swimming for the Metro-Detroit contingent Maccabi Youth Games. For 30 years he was the most wanted umpire in Oak Park with a baseball career beginning at age 10, taking the Trumble street car to Briggs Stadium.

Kenneth Bertin

Ken Bertin has been a volleyball coach for the Metro-Detroit contingent Maccabi Youth Games for over twenty years and has coached in that time well over 350 young athletes. He has served as a commissioner and as an official with the B'nai B'rith men's softball, volleyball and basketball league including officiating at the B'nai B'rith national softball tournaments. Bertin has officiated at the highest levels of volleyball, softball, baseball, swimming, basketball and football.

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Fred Goldberg began his love of sports as a varsity basketball and baseball player at Northwestern High in 1952. His was selected to play on the All City Squad. Upon graduating, Fred was awarded an Athletic scholarship to Detroit Institute of Technology where as a freshman he set a school record for scoring in an individual game. After obtaining his undergraduate in Education and his Masters in Counseling and Guidance, Fred began his forty year career as a Physical Education teacher and coach. He was an iconic mentor who used his passion for athletics to inspire children and teens to excel in life. Goldberg was the Southfield High School Athletic and Activities Director, he served as director of activities at Camp Tanuga, and coached the North Farmington/West Bloomfield baseball team winning the State Little League title and Babe Ruth State Champions. After moving to Scottsdale, AZ he was a counselor, head boys Baseball coach and managed youth summer camps. He was Awarded The Teacher of the Year in Southfield, MI and in Scottsdale, AZ.

Karen Sklar Gordon

Karen Sklar Gordon played varsity basketball, volleyball and softball at Harrison High School serving as team captain and a finalist for the Jack Buller Athlete of the Year Award. She walked on to the Michigan State University and Wayne State University softball teams during her time at school. While teaching in California, she played two seasons on the College of the Canyons women's basketball team holding the single game rebounding record for six years. She has coached freshman basketball and JV volleyball at Southfield High School. Karen has a long history of involvement with the Maccabi Games organization serving as Juniors Manager for Team USA 1989, JCC Maccabi Coach, Delegation Head, Games Director, member of the Amy Beth Rosenberg JCC Maccabi Leadership Team and co-chair for the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest. Karen is a math teacher at Ferndale High School and still plays B'nai B'rith softball and basketball (ironically, thanks in large part to Ken Bertin!)

Ed Krass

Ed Krass was an accomplished baseball player at Wayne State University in 1963, but his 45 years as a teacher in Physical Education is how he is best known. Krass developed and directed the Summer Playground Program, Camp Trailblazer, and after-school floor hockey programs for the city of Southfield. As an educator he has received five times the Distinguished Service Award, the Southfield P.T.A. Area Council award, the Golden Apple Award from Metro Parent magazine, and been nominated Outstanding Physical Education Teacher and nominated for the Disney Outstanding Teachers Award. Krass developed and directed the pilot sports camp program for Camp Tamarack in Brighton. Krass is helping to provide physical education experiences for children with special needs having developed an inclusion sports program in floor hockey, basketball and soccer for the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield.

2012 Pillars of Excellence

Barry Bershad

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Barry Bershad has been a high school basketball coach throughout the metro Detroit area for 48 years. For the past 15 years, he has been the Detroit Maccabi Head Coach, winning 2 gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze medals. Barry received his BA Degree from Wayne State and taught physical education on the middle school level in the Detroit Public Schools for seven years. He was a four-year letterman winner on Detroit City Tennis Championship teams, two-years All-City Tennis, and State "C" Squash Champion. As head coach of the Jewish Community Center's varsity basketball team for 34 years, he earned six Mid- West Championships and had three undefeated seasons. In addition to coaching at Roeper, Birmingham Groves, and Oak Park, Barry was the West Bloomfield High School head basketball coach for two years and assistant coach for six.

Frederick Cohen

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Frederick Cohen has officiated basketball for 38 years throughout the state, at the high school level from 1974 to present and at the collegiate level from 1985-1992. He taught for 35 years in the Detroit Public Schools as a 4th through 6th- grade homeroom teacher, retiring in December, 2011. Fred's proudest moments were officiating at two Division I women's games during his college reffing career - U of D versus Notre Dame and U of D versus DePaul. He has officiated high school games on the floors of Oakland University, the Palace, and the Silverdome.

Howard Golding

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Howard Golding holds Bachelor of Science, Masters in Education, and Ed. Specialist degrees from Wayne State and taught physical education in the Oak Park School District for 41 years, coaching basketball for 28 years throughout the metro-Detroit area. As a Boys' Varsity Head Coach, he compiled a record of 197 wins and 212 losses, winning the Metro-West Basketball Conference Championship in its charter season. Daily Tribune Coach of the Year, Coach of the Year Suburban Athletic Conference are just two of his awards, along with district championships and regional finalist status. His 1992-93 team was ranked #1 in Oakland County and #5 in the State. He was an assistant coach at Schoolcraft College. Howard is a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Varsity Century Club 100 Victories. He coached the Detroit Maccabi Basketball Team for 11 years. During those years, his teams won a Gold Medal in 1991, a Bronze Medal in 1995 and a Silver Medal in 1997.

Burt Hurshe

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Burt Hurshe has officiated four sports - men's and women's basketball; football; baseball; and softball at the high school and collegiate levels - for 43 years. He taught physical education for 40 years, 31 of which were in the Southfield Public Schools where he also coached men's and women's basketball and baseball. Burt's post season prestigious officiating assignments include regionals, quarterfinals, semis, and State championships on both the high school and college levels. He also reffed for the Michigan Semi-Pro Football League. Burt has been inducted into the Detroit Catholic League and Cooperstown Youth Baseball Halls of Fame, as well as the Detroit Public School Hall of Honor. He is a 2012 Detroit Metro American Softball Association 25 Year Award winner.

Alan Kaczander

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Alan Kaczander taught in the Southfield Public Schools for 38 years, teaching physical education and receiving PTA Distinguished Teacher awards. He was the athletic director for 10 years and coached boys and girls basketball for 20 years and track for 15 years. During this time, he also coached boys and girls basketball at Southfield High for 7 years and girls softball at Lathrup High School for 10 years. Alan has officiated for over 45 years in Michigan in basketball, football and softball, officiating college basketball at the division II and III levels in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, and in high school, officiating numerous district, regional and quarter-final championship games and state championship games in football and softball. In addition, Alan has been involved with coaching and administering the Maccabi games since their inception.

Rick Kaczander

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Rick Kaczander has been a high school basketball, football, and softball coach and referee throughout the tri-county area for 29 years. For the past nine years, he has been the athletic director at Akiva Hebrew Day School. Prior, he was a counselor at Henry Ford High School, as well as a resource room teacher in Inkster. Rick's accomplishments are many, including being the 1981 Michigan State Squash Doubles Champion and Singles runner-up and refereeing the State High School Basketball Tournament in 1990. His record in Maccabi include: being Assistant Coach on the Gold Medal Maccabi Basketball Team in 1992 and 2005 Coach of the Bronze Medal Maccabi Basketball Team. He umpired the Girls Catholic League Championship Game in 2007 and State Quarter Final Girls Softball in 2009 and 2012.

Howard Stone

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Howard Stone was a physical education teacher and coach at Clinton Junior High in the Oak Park School District. His teams won 5 Little Oak League championships in 3 different sports •basketball, baseball, and track and field. He coached Oak Park High School's varsity tennis team to 10 league titles in 10 years - six were undefeated League Championships; four undefeated overall seasons; two Michigan High School Regional Championships; and two Michigan High School Regional Runner-Up titles. Howard's overall dual meet record was 157 wins and 7 losses, for a .953 winning percentage. He was chosen League Coach of the Year by his peers five times, and an award at Oak Park High School is named after him. Howard served 12 years as the Director of Athletics and Physical Education for Oak Park, working hard to improve all the athletic teams. As A.D., he received many awards, to numerous to mention; however, he is most proud of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Oakland County Athletic Directors' Association and life membership in the Michigan High School Coaches Association and the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association. Howard retired in 1993 after 33 years in the Oak Park School District He has been subbing in physical education for the past 20 years in four suburban school districts, as he believes athletics play an integral part in many of the students' lives.