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Barbara Nurenberg

Barbara Nurenberg, 73, of Of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and West Palm Beach, Florida, died on 29 November 2018.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Sunday, 02 December 2018 at 2:00 PM .

Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh and Rabbi Joe Klein officiated.

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Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

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The family of Barbara Nurenberg will be gathering through the evening of Tuesday, December 04 at the residence, 110 Whysall Lane, Bloomfield Hills MI 48304.

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

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Family members include:
Beloved wife of the late Donald Nurenberg. Cherished mother of Leah Nurenberg (Jason) Moore. Loving Nana of Addison "Addie" Moore. Also survived by her loving companion Fred Apel. Barbara is also survived by many loving cousins, and a myriad of loving friends and colleagues.

Barbara started at JVS Human Services (formerly known as Jewish Vocational Services) as a career counselor and ultimately became the agency’s president and CEO.

During her many years of leadership, Barbara grew JVS from a vocational agency with a budget of $6.5 million, serving 5,224 people, to a comprehensive human service organization with a $20 million budget, serving nearly 20,000 people. JVS Human Services provides counseling, training and supportive services for individuals with disabilities, job seekers, seniors and others in need.

In the forefront of creating programs and services to meet the changing needs of the community, Barbara was a pioneer in providing people with disabilities the opportunity to work in the community rather than in sheltered workshops. She was also a strong advocate in how we honor and care for the elderly. She designed and implemented several programs for the elderly that are still operation. Barbara was also instrumental in the launch of the Jeanette & Oscar Cook Jewish Occupational Intern Program (JOIN), which provides summer internships for college students.

As a surveyor for CARF International (formerly Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), Barbara conducted accreditation surveys and provided consultation on improving service quality for organizations across the U.S. and Canada. She also served on the board of directors for CARF and several other organizations including the Oakland County Workforce Development Board, the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services and SourceAmerica (formerly NISH).

During her career, Barbara was recognized with many prestigious awards including the 2009 winner Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Award for Outstanding Professional Jewish Communal Service; Executive of the Year from United Way of Southeastern Michigan; Nonprofit Leadership Award from Harvard Business School Club of Detroit; and the Bernard S. Rosenthal Leadership Award from the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services.

After her retirement from JVS in 2013, Barbara moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. She entered the next stage in her career when she was named President and CEO of Seagull Services, a non-profit that serves people with disabilities in Orange County.

She earned her bachelor of arts in business administration and master of arts in vocational rehabilitation counseling from Wayne State University in Detroit. She also attended post graduate programs at Harvard Business School, University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Barbara Nurenberg may do so by making a contribution to:

Jewish Vocational Service
29699 Southfield Road
Southfield, MI 48076
(248) 559-5000
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Temple Emanu-El
14450 W. 10 Mile
Oak Park, MI 48237
248 967-4020
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