2023 FIDF Women of Valor Luncheon

Aug 02, 2023


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Friends of the IDF – Michigan Chapter
2022 Women of Valor Luncheon
August 2, 2023


Susie Pappas headshot
Susie Pappas


Guest Speaker:
Nancy Spielber headshot
Nancy Spielberg



Pam Bloom & Elaine Robins


Event Committee:

Stefenie Sasson Berger
Roz Blanck
Michele Bleznak
Stacy Brodsky
Ilene Burk
Beth Cable
Deena Canvasser
Annie Cohen
Lauren Daitch
Pam Dangovian
Jean Dubin
Mira Eisenberg
Joan Chernoff Epstein
Beth Erman
Marcia Fenton
Miriam Ferber
Helen Garden
Enid Goodman
Nancy Grosfeld
Cherie Guttman
Patty Haron
Doreen Hermelin
Betsy Heuer
Eleanor Jackier
Lilly Jacobson
Nancy Jacobson
Barbara Kappy
Gabriella Karp
Judy Karp
Linda Katzman
Rhoda Katzman
Shari Ferber Kaufman
Sue Kaufman
Wendy Kippleman
Diane Klein
Linda Klein
Jennifer Kravis
Nancy Levy
Beverly Liss
Stephanie Bloom Lucker
Linda Lutz
Anita Naftaly
Marcie Orley
Amy Pappas
Laurie Pappas
Pamela Pappas
Lindsey Rapp
Eunice Ring
Jessica Robins
Michelle Robins
Miriam Robins
Evelyn Rosen
Lori Roth
Shelly Rubenfire
Bluma Schechter
Julie Sherizen
Karen Shiener
Lisa Shiffman
Jennifer Silverman
Sherrie Singer
Cathy Slavik
Gail Smoler
Suzanne Sondheimer
Janice Steinhardt
Malka Torgow
Leah Trosch
Leslie Ungar
Brenda Wayne
Lori Weisberg
Melissa Weisberger
Karen Weiss
Andi Wolfe
Carol Zamler



We wish to express our sincere appreciation for the contributions made to our 2023 Women of Valor Luncheon. This Luncheon would not be possible without the support of the many sponsors whose names appear on this page. We are so grateful for their kindness and generosity.
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) provides support and comfort to the young men and women who, while yearning and praying for peace, must nonetheless, shoulder the difficult burden of protecting the State of Israel. In order for the soldiers to succeed in their sacred mission, they must be assured that we share their commitment.
By supporting FIDF, you demonstrate an understanding and compassion of the sacrifice made by the young men and women who defend Israel. The continuous support from all of us will positively affect the welfare of the soldiers for decades to come. FIDF will continue to provide the highest level of support for IDF soldiers.
Our 2023 Women of Valor Luncheon continues to support the IMPACT! Scholarship Program. This is a program for socioeconomically disadvantaged combat soldiers who have completed their military service and cannot afford higher education. We can play a pivotal role in providing in improving the lives of, not only the students who benefit from this scholarship, but also Israeli society as a whole.
What the soldiers give us can never be equaled by what we give them – but we must always strive to be worthy of their heroism.
Pam Bloom & Elaine Robins
2023 Women of Valor Luncheon Co-Chairs


Luncheon Program

Pam Bloom & Elaine Robins
FIDF Video Presentation
Rabbi Aaron Starr
IMPACT! Success Story
Tomer Benhaim Beliti
Woman of Valor Award Presentation
Norm Pappas & Paula Lebowitz
Women of Valor Honoree
Susie Pappas
Raffle Drawing
Pam Bloom & Elaine Robins
Guest Speaker
Nancy Spielberg
Pam Bloom & Elaine Robins


Honoree Susie Pappas

Susie Pappas calls Detroit her home and after 50 plus years, it is indeed! She grew up in Highland Park, IL and went to the University of Michigan, where she met and married Norm Pappas.
In 1977, Susie and Norm went to Israel for the first time where they both experienced a “light bulb moment” and came home committed to making the world a better place for Jewish people. Susie dedicated the majority of her charitable hours to the Jewish Federation of Metro-Detroit, specifically to the Women’s Department, now known as Women’s Philanthropy. She served in many roles and ultimately became Women’s Campaign Chair and President of the Women’s Department. Along the way she served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center, Hebrew Free Loan, and Jewish Family Service. She was also a founding trustee of the Jewish Women’s Foundation. Susie currently serves as the Chair of the Leonard N. Simons Archives. She has also chaired community lunches and dinners for FIDF, Weizmann Institute, Bar Ilan University and Friendship Circle.
In 1981, Susie and Norm had the privilege of being on the first co-ed mission and to visit and spend the night at an IDF army base. This was a pivotal moment in their involvement with FIDF. Susie’s love and admiration for the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line for Israel and Jews worldwide began at this time. In 1985, Norm was asked to facilitate the beginning of Detroit’s chapter of FIDF. Susie and Norm chaired the first FIDF Dinner in Detroit where they honored all of the Detroiters who served in the IDF during the War of Independence in 1948. This commitment has grown over the years and continues to this day. Susie and Norm have sponsored several IDF soldiers through the IMPACT! Scholarship Program. One of the highlights of Susie’s most recent trip to Israel was meeting with two of her soldiers and their families. Their gratitude for their scholarship intensified Susie’s commitment to this special program.
Susie has been married to Norm for over 50 years and really loves being the “Susie” to the Susie and Norm Pappas Partnership! They have 3 children, Leslie (and Nat Ugar), Dan, and Amy. Their seven grandchildren bring them immense joy and are a highlight of their lives.
Susie feels very honored to be chosen as this year’s Woman of Valor. She loves her communal activities and what they bring to her life. She truly believes, “The more you give to others, the more you get in return.”


Guest Speaker Nancy Spielberg

Nancy Spielberg is an award-winning producer, accomplished businesswoman and philanthropist. She is a globally recognized speaker on tolerance and anti-Semitism and a founder of Jewish Story Partners, a film fund for stories reflecting the diversity of Jewish life and promoting dialogue and understanding.
Spielberg grew up immersed in filmmaking, working on her brother’s early films as cast and crew. She recently served as a consultant on his film, The Fablemans. She was a consultant on the Oscar-winning documentary Chernobyl Heart, and executive produced Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals. In 2015, she produced Above and Beyond, about the World War II airmen who volunteered to fight for Israel in the 1948 War. Above and Beyond won the audience award at more than twenty film festivals. Spielberg was also involved in the following films: On the Map (2016), GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II (2017), Who Will Write Our History (2018), Picture of His Life (2019), Aulcie (2022), Closed Circuit (2022), and Vishniac (2023)
Spielberg attended Arizona State University and UCLA, and, after moving to New York in 1978, studied film at Sarah Lawrence College and the New School. She is founder and co-founder of several charities, including “Children of Chernobyl” and “Project Sunshine.” She is also a member of the Producers Guild of America.


We Thank Our Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors:
Bloom Advisors
Joan Epstein
Miriam Ferber
Nancy Grosfeld
Karp Family Foundation
Lakeside A.L.L.
Pappas Financial
Eunice Ring
Malka Torgow


Platinum Sponsors:
Beth Cable
Field Family Foundation
Paula Glazier
Cherie Guttman & Elaine Robins
Rose Handleman
Doreen Hermelin & Marcie Orley
Sue Kaufman & Leah Trosch
Cathy Slavik
Leah Trosch


Gold Sponsors:
Mari & Ken Barnett
Roz Blanck
Michele Bleznak
Dina Brodsky
Annie Cohen
Jean Dubin
Jan Hauser
Nancy Jacobson
Barbara Kappy
Wendy Kippelman
Diane Klein
Linda Klein
Beverly Liss
Anita Naftaly
Evelyn Rosen
Shelly Rubenfire
Evelyn Rosen
Carol Sole
Tamarack Camps
Karen Weiss
Robin Wine


Silver Sponsorship:
Penny Blumenstein
Nancy Bluth
Susan Citrin
Lauren Daitch
Estelle Elkus
Beth Erman
Susan Feber
Marcia Fenton
Linda Fleischer
Helen Garden
Marlene Handler
Betsy Heuer
Lilly Jacobson
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
Sue Lankowsky
Beverly Leuchter
Andrea Levin
Nancy Levy
Shelly Mendelson
Ellen Minkin
Laurie Pappas
Cheryl Riback
Myrna Salzman
Bluma Schechter
Elaine Serling
Jane Sherman
Lori Siegel
Jennifer Silverman
Donna Slatkin
Katie Small
Suzanne Sondheimer
Janice Stoneman
Lori Weisberg
Trudi Wineman
Margo Woll
Barbara Zaltz


Special Thanks to Our Silent Auction & Raffle Donors

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Art Leaders Gallery
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Chickpea Hospitality
Annie & Rob Cohen
Consultants in Ophthalmic & Facial Plastic Surgery
Dakota Bread
Lauren Eichenbaum, M.D.
Elmar Furs
Equilibrium Pilates Studio
Event Bliss & Gifts
Fascination Factory
Fired and Fused
Found Objects
Frameable Faces
Franklin Hills Country Club
Franklin Village Boutique
G.R.K. Art Creations
The Good Book Fairy
Greis Jewelers
Harvard Row Kosher Meats
Heirloom Hospitality
Betsy Heuer
Hillel Early Childhood Center
Janet Jacobs Personal Training
Brooke Slavik Jung
The Kingsley
Krystyna’s European Spa
Lieberman Photography
Lori Karbal
The Maple Theater
Modern Art Design Studio
Muse Medical, PLLC
My House of Style
Names in Knit
Organize Detroit
Susie Pappas
Peas & Carrots Hospitality
Platinum Treats
Quality Kosher Catering
Rear Ends
Roberts Restaurant Group
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sassy Savannah Baby & Kids
Shades Optical
Shelly Skincare & Spa
Soul Café
Specialties Showroom
Stone’s Fine Jewelry
Sundance Shoes
Tapper’s Jewelry
Think Royln
Todd’s Room
Townsend Hotel
Traverse City Whiskey Co.
Vintage Rose
Wallside Windows
Willoway Day Camp
Winning Imprints
Zeiban Mare