We are saddened by the loss of our former President, Elaine Pearlman. To make a donation in her honor, you may do so by clicking on this link: In Memory of Elaine Pearlman

Elaine Pearlman passed away peacefully on August 25, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. Elaine leaves behind a loving family who will miss her dearly: Her devoted husband and partner of 54 years, Dr. Martin Pearlman; her children Rebecca Pearlman (Peter Evans), Robert Pearlman (Liad Ganz Pearlman), Julie Pearlman (Anthony Pick), and Aviva Pearlman (Nosson Knobloch); eleven grandchildren who lovingly called her “Bobee” (Shoshana Evans, Shira Evans, Lara Pick, Mindy Pick, Jeremy Pick, Simon Pick, Jonathan Pearlman, Gabriel Pearlman, Micah Pearlman, Tova Knobloch, and Gila Knobloch); and her brother Bernard Friedman.


Elaine was raised by two hard-working entrepreneurs in Detroit. Her father, Leon, was a pharmacist. Her mother, Minnie, ran a hardware store and managed rental properties. They instilled in her an appreciation of hard work, dedication to family, and commitment to community. 


Elaine was an extraordinarily well-rounded woman. She excelled in academics, graduating with a BA in Education from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and a Masters of Education from Duke University. She was an effective community organizer who led by example and with charm. She served as president of Hadassah and Congregation Shaarey Zedek sisterhood, as a secretary and board member of her synagogue, and as the three-term president of the Greater Lansing Jewish Welfare Federation.  


Elaine was also an accomplished pianist and athlete. She won several doubles trophies at the Tennis Club of Lansing. While she enjoyed winning, she valued sportsmanship and inclusiveness far more. Her reputation for generosity and grace was known throughout the East Lansing community. 


Elaine continued her parents’ entrepreneurial legacy by contributing meaningfully to the development of her husband’s medical practice, even learning to do fundus photography and fluorescein angiography (whatever that is!).


Elaine loved to travel. She spoke six languages, some more fluently than others, but always knew how to talk her way into your heart. 


More than anything else, Elaine treasured the time she spent with those she loved. 


Internment will be at the Shalom Memorial Park on Sunday, August 28th at 10am and will also be livestreamed.  For details see  https://www.shalom2.com/  Shiva services will be held at 7:45pm Sunday through Thursday at 3860 Mission Hills Road #215, Northbrook, IL (and simultaneously on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/97679372349?pwd=YitqandLMlQ4U1RCTy9zakhyUXFZZz09 ) and at 7:45am Monday through Friday at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, IL.


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Third ambulance delivered, on to the fourth!

We are proud to report we used your generous donations to get the third ambulance, fully-stocked with medical supplies, to Dnipro, Ukraine. Thanks to Lansing's own Ody Norkin and Steve Linder, who both went Bucharest to make this happen.

Thanks also to Marco Katz, who continues to give us his valuable help.

We are currently raising money for a fourth ambulance. We will give you details as we have them.

Click the link below to donate:

Donate to Ukraine Ambulances



Ody Norkin on his journey to Ukraine

Ambulance for Dnipro

Thank You in 3 Languages

A thank you to all the donors in Romanian, English (at 1:29), and Hebrew

Rabbi Wolf-Odessa

Rabbi Abraham Wolf of Central Synagogue, Odessa, on the Jewish community's current situation.



The latest from the Greater Lansing Jewish Federation on COVID-19


In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Greater Lansing Jewish Federation office will be closed and the board will be working remotely to serve our community. You may reach us at lansingjewishfederation@gmail.com or you can send us a note on our Contact Us form.


Thank you to all the essential workers who have kept the community going in this unprecedented, challenging time. 


The Greater Lansing Jewish Federation is an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America, an organization that represents 146 Jewish Federations and 300 independent Jewish communities. The Federation movement places collectively among the top ten charities on the North American continent in charitable activities and has the goal of protecting and enhancing the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).


The local Federation serves as an umbrella organization for the Jewish community,  sponsoring events, giving gifts to all B'nai Mitzvah, sending local kids to Jewish camps, and providing a community calendar with events from the area synagogues and the MSU Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel.