Mandell Berman


Mandell Berman
Mandell "Bill" Berman

Receiving the 2009 Simons Prize from the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
Born 1917 (age 93–94)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Businessman, Philanthropist
Home town Detroit, Michigan
Religion Judaism
Spouse Madeleine "Madge" Brodie, married 1950
Children Ann, Jon

Mandell "Bill" Berman (born 1917) is the businessman (housing construction industry) and philanthropist behind the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation,[1] which supports Jewish education, and research and study of the contemporary American Jewish community. His philanthropic focus is on the storage, dissemination, and preservation of Jewish data, as well as Jewish education and special education.[2]

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Biography

Berman was born (1917) and grew up in Detroit, Michigan, one of four siblings. His mother was from Toledo, OH, descended of Eastern European immigrants. His father immigrated from Poland at a young age, and with a grade school education, served in the American Army and worked as a businessman. Berman was raised in a religiously traditional home, but was allowed to spend money and travel on shabbat in order to get to Hebrew school and religious services. He married Madge, née Madeleine Brodie, in 1950. They have two children and three grandchildren.[1][3][4]

Education

Berman attended Detroit Central High School and Shaarey Tzedek High School. He briefly attended the University of Michigan, but then completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College in 1940, and graduated Harvard Business School in 1942. In 2011, he received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.[1][5]

Career

Past:

  • President: Bert L. Smokler & Company (1946–1975), Dreyfus Development Corporation (1969-19872), South Eastern Michigan Builders Association
  • Partner: Bert L. Smokler & Company (1946–1975)
  • Chairman: Board of Trustees of the Michigan State Housing Finance Authority, Supervisory Board of Euroad
  • Board member: Dreyfus Development Corporation, Guardian Industries (NYSE), Lennar Corporation (NYSE).

Berman also served 4 years in the United States Navy, including a posting in Okinawa.

[1][4]

Philanthropic Work

Selected Supported Projects

[1][5][11][12][13][14]

Positions Held

Current and/or Past:

[2][15][17][18][19]

Awards

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h McGinity, Keren. Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry Lifetime Achievement Award Announcement, December 19, 2010
  2. ^ a b c A Philanthropist Crunches The Numbers, Tamar Snyder, New York Jewish Week, November 25, 2009
  3. ^ Speech, on reception of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry's first Berman award, December 19, 2011
  4. ^ a b Interview with Mandell Berman, Detroit Jewish Spirit: the Aish Detroit Community Magazine, Fall 2008
  5. ^ a b c Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit Annual Report 2003-2004
  6. ^ The Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner
  7. ^ North American Jewish Data Bank
  8. ^ Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli-Arab Issues
  9. ^ Life Members - Membership/Donations, The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, retrieved Feb 2, 2011
  10. ^ DSO Annual Meeting, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Blog, December 9, 2010
  11. ^ Frankely Speaking. Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, April 2008.
  12. ^ Our History, University of Michigan Hillel
  13. ^ Honor Roll of Donors, Perman Music Program
  14. ^ Donors, Artserve
  15. ^ a b c History of the Berman Center, JESNA
  16. ^ Volunteer and Professional Leadership Biographies, JESNA National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01
  17. ^ a b c Confronting the Future of the Jewish People Iggeret Newsletter, June 1995
  18. ^ a b Press Release, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, May 5, 2009.
  19. ^ Board of Trustees, University of Michigan Hillel
  20. ^ Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry Lifetime Achievement Award, December 19, 2010

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