Profile: Debra Darvick
For the past 22 years I have been a freelance writer in Southeast Michigan. My articles and essays have appeared in national Jewish magazines and newspapers as well as Good Housekeeping and Newsweek magazines. In April of 2013 I began the Dear Debra advice column for the Detroit Jewish News where I was chosen from a pool of 60+ applicants.
Most recently I was the Communication Director for Frankel Jewish Academy in West Bloomfield, MI where I was in charge of the school's internal and external messaging, created the school's first blog, wrote story boards for grant presentations and was on hand to help the administration 'say what they wanted to say but didn't know how to say it.' My communication work with the development department resulted in a dramatic increase in gifts to the school.
I have returned to freelance work while maintaining my connection to FJA's development department. I work with area marketing firms as well as private clients for whom I have written speeches, sermons, etc.
If I were asked about my greatest skill, I would say that after speaking with a client, I gain an intuitive sense about what they want to communicate and I give them the words so that they can move forward toward their goals.
NoteStreams By Debra Darvick
Hanukkah is not “the Jewish Christmas.” It doesn’t have the religious significance Christmas does. Hanukkah commemorates a long and furious battle fought by a small band of Jewish brothers who triumphed over their Greek oppressors and those Jews who had already capitulated their heritage. Judah Maccabee and his minions fought to maintain Jewish tradition, study and religious practice. In fact the word Hanukkah means dedication, in recognition of the purification and re-dedication of the Holy Temple in the wake of the Maccabee’s triumph.