Annual Fundraising Event 2021 Honorees:
Nancy Berman Kleinfeldt, and her children Adin, Caleb and Grace Kleinfeldt.
Yad Ezra is thrilled to pay tribute to this year’s honorees, Nancy Berman Kleinfeldt, and her children Adin, Caleb and Grace Kleinfeldt. The Kleinfeldt Family has been actively involved in our organization for many years. Nancy’s association began as a board member in 2000; she immediately began to co-chair our annual Spring Friend-Raiser events, including well attended Texas Hold ‘Em and illusionist events, to name a few, for 18 years. She also kicked off the Purim/Pasta annual appeal as a creative and meaningful way for the community to celebrate the holiday and fulfill the mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim (giving to the needy). Upon assuming the role of President of the Board of Directors in 2013, Nancy began a “healthy snack bag” program to supplement the groceries distributed to clients with children. During her tenure, the Geri Lester Greenhouse was designed and constructed.
Nancy is also a founder and executive board member of Kehillat Etz Chayim; a board member of Frankel Jewish Academy (FJA); an Icing Smiles custom cake baker/decorator; and serves on Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s (JFMD) security committee, and on committees for American Jewish Committee (AJC).
With Nancy so deeply involved in Yad Ezra, Adin, Caleb and Grace naturally grew up at the building. They joined their mother often in sponsoring activities to benefit Yad Ezra including a food drive and a hula-hoop contest. As a teenager, Adin volunteered in the greenhouse, and served on Yad Ezra’s COTAH (Coalition of Teens Against Hunger) board. Nancy is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Stern College and worked in marketing.
Adin, an FJA graduate, has completed a year of study in Israel and will attend IDC in Herzliya in the fall. Caleb will be a senior at FJA, is a member of AJC’s Leaders for Tomorrow, and works as a lifeguard. Both boys have served on the Federation’s Teen Board. Grace, who attended Farber Hebrew Day School, will be an FJA freshman this fall. She enjoys her time as a Friendship Circle volunteer and as a basketball coach.
For Nancy, whose compassion knows no bounds, Yad Ezra’s mission has resonated from the start. There are too many resources in the world for anyone to have to suffer from hunger. “Yad Ezra’s core values are aligned with my own Jewish values-based upbringing, and as such, Yad Ezra provided the perfect way for me to contribute to our community. It has been a privilege to be a part of this caring, innovative, and essential organization in our community.”