Honoring Dr. Jeffrey Devries

Keter Shem Tov Award

As the recipient of Frankel Jewish Academy’s 2017 Keter Shem Tov Award, Dr. Devries embodies the ethos of FJA and its mission to mentor tomorrow’s leaders. His dedication to public service, commitment to Torah values and advocacy for education make him a role model for our students to emulate.

Please join with us to celebrate Dr. Devries’s contributions to FJA and our community beginning on Sunday, May 7th, 6 pm at the Farber Soul Center in West Bloomfield.

Dr. Devries has significant roots at Frankel Jewish Academy. He was a founding member of FJA’s Board of Directors. Dr. Devries is father to former students Danny, David (’07) and Rachel (’09), and stepdaughter Elizabeth Kirshner. He has always been committed and passionate about Jewish education.

Having spent a significant part of his career shaping educational and administrative policy for pediatric medicine, Dr. Devries’s practice in service to others through education and practice are noble endeavors deserving of our recognition.

His commitment to Jewish education is no less noteworthy. In addition to his role as an FJA board member, Dr. Devries participated as a Scholar-in-Residence in two Birthright Israel missions for medical and nursing students, and is the president-elect for the non-profit American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel.

As FJA’s principal fundraising opportunity, please know all proceeds from your attendance and generous patronage of the ad journal in Dr. Devries’s honor will go toward the school scholarship fund.

Additionally, we would ask you to consider helping our current seniors attend the event, having the chance to meet Dr. Devries, through the gifting of a reduced-price ticket.


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For further information, please contact

Helen Levitz
(248) 320-0189

Meet Dr. Devries

Photo-Devries-5744As the recipient of Frankel Jewish Academy’s 2017 Keter Shem Tov Award, founding board member Jeffrey Devries, M.D., M.P.H., embodies the ethos of our school and its mission to prepare the next generation of proud Jewish mentschen and our future leaders.

Characteristics that define Dr. Devries include his commitment to education, a dedication to public service and an adherence to Torah values. Additionally, his love for Jewish heritage and support for the State of Israel serve as bellwether qualities for our students.

We celebrate Dr. Devries’s tenure as one of FJA’s founding board members, serving during its formative first 10 years. He often noted of the pride he felt that his three children ⎯ Danny, David (’07) and Rachel (’09) ⎯ all matriculated into the new school.

A graduate of both University of Michigan and its School of Medicine, Dr. Devries completed his residency in pediatrics and spent his professional career in both service to children and medical education. He has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards, community leadership awards and the first-ever award for Innovation in Pediatric Education from the national Pediatric Academic Societies. Dr. Devries currently serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Professor of Pediatrics at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, and Vice President of Graduate Medical Education at Beaumont Health. In his latter role, Dr. Devries is responsible for overseeing the Residency and Fellowship programs for nearly 1,000 medical students across eight Beaumont campuses around metropolitan Detroit.

Dr. Devries, alongside his wife, Debbie Kirshner Devries, are equally committed to advancing Jewish education and love of Israel throughout our community. The Devries family hosted multiple Jewish educational events in their home, including Shabbatonim, all-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot study sessions, women-only educational programs, and other events. Dr. Devries is current president-elect of the national American Healthcare Professionals & Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF), which promotes the advancement of medicine throughout Israel. In working with the APF, he twice served as a Scholar-in-Residence on Birthright Israel trips for medical and nursing students.

Dr. Devries has made clear that his proudest accomplishments revolve around his family. The Devries children include Danny, now a Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. State Department, currently stationed in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain; David, now a Creative Executive for a film production company in Los Angeles and David’s fiancée, Nina Patchak, a development coordinator for the national Children’s Burn Foundation; Rachel, now 25, the program and recruitment coordinator for Camp Maas/Tamarack Camps; and Elizabeth Kirshner, 23, a senior at Barnard College in New York.

The Devries reside in Huntington Woods and are active members of Young Israel of Oak Park.



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