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Jewish Federation Recognizes John E. Jacobs for AFP National Philanthropy Day

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit recognized John E. Jacobs as one of its 2015 Distinguished Volunteers by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at its National Philanthropy Day Dinner on November 12 at Cobo Center in Detroit. 

The announcement was made by the firm’s President and CEO, Steven D. Sallen. “We’re pleased to congratulate John on receiving this distinguished, and well-deserved, award. Receiving this award emphasizes the significant contributions John has made to positively impacting our community through his considerable volunteer efforts over many, many years, with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit,” stated Sallen.

National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world. More than 30 Southeastern Michigan charities participate each year by recognizing their distinguished volunteers.

Mr. Jacobs has devoted himself to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in countless ways. He has served on its Board of Governors, Real Estate and Property Management Committee, was Co-Chair of the Commission on Jewish Eldercare Services, chaired its Community Services Division, and is current co-chair of the Government Relations Oversight Committee and Vice Chair of JVS. A past President of Jewish Family Service, he has also served on the Boards of the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit and Fresh Air Society. He was also Chair of the Michigan Anti-Defamation League and President of Temple Emanu-El.

A shareholder of Maddin Hauser, Mr. Jacobs specializes in real estate and other commercial transactions, including the purchase and sale of companies, residential mortgage banking, and finance. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Jacobs is married to former State Senator Gilda Jacobs, who is currently President and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy.