Upcoming Services

Rudolph Keller Mon May 23rd at 3:00
Graveside at Oakview Cemetery
Joseph Bittker

View More



Maxine L. Berman

Maxine L. Berman, 71, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 02 March 2018.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Monday, 05 March 2018 at 3:00 PM .

Rabbi Steven Rubenstein officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

Interment at Machpelah Cemetery.

Click for Directions for Cemetery

The family of Maxine L. Berman will be gathering through the evening of Wednesday, March 07 at the residence, 7150 Riverstone, West Bloomfield MI 48322.

The family will gather immediately following interment on Monday through the evening; and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Religious services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

Click for Directions to Shiva

Family members include:
Devoted daughter of the late Meyer and the late Sophie Berman. Cherished sister of Barbara (Marshall) Disner. Loving aunt of Lisa (Mark) Pinsky and Robert (Edye) Disner. Dear great-aunt of Emma, Rebecca and Jane Pinsky.

During her fourteen years in the Michigan House of Representatives, Maxine Berman was a strong advocate for women’s rights, especially women’s health rights. She sponsored a bill requiring informed consent for women diagnosed with breast cancer and mandating they be offered health insurance. In addition to making Michigan the first state in the country to require the accreditation of mammography facilities. Berman also successfully lobbied the federal government to create legislation for national standards. Berman was known for her work in many other areas of the legislature. She was a member of the House Bipartisan Team which created a new system to fund Michigan’s public schools. As Chair of the House Elections Committee, Berman created an expedited system for voter registration. Berman also served six years on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Outside of the legislature, Berman served as Chair of the Michigan Women’s Campaign Fund, a bipartisan organization which raised money to help women run for office. In 1994, Berman published a book on her experiences in the legislature: The Only Boobs in the House are Men. In 1997, Crain’s Detroit Business named Maxine Berman one of Detroit’s One Hundred Most influential Women. Returning to government in 2003, Berman served as Director of Special Projects for Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. In 2009, Maxine Berman was named the Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University, the first woman selected to this position. In 2015, Maxine Berman was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Maxine L. Berman may do so by making a contribution to:

Planned Parenthood
3100 Professional Drive
P.O. Box 3673
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Click to Visit Charity Website

Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
6555 West Maple
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Click to Visit Charity Website

Congregation Beth Ahm
5075 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Click to Visit Charity Website