Nu?Detroit is a digital platform for diverse, dynamic writing about and relevant to Jewish Detroit.


Principally and practically, we are:

Independent. Nu?Detroit is unconstrained by institutional, partisan, denominational or corporate affiliation.

Inclusive. You will hear voices that reflect the powerful diversity of our community, spanning generations and racial, religious, political and gender identities.

Interactive. Anyone can submit writing to Nu?Detroit and every submission we post is an invitation to engage.

Iterative. Nu?Detroit will adapt and evolve with the DNA of our community.


Personally and professionally, we are:

Alicia Chandler is a former health care attorney and lifelong Jewish volunteer. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in Sociology at Wayne State University, studying intermarriage in the Jewish community. She is the founder of Multifaith Life, wife to her Catholic husband and mother of two perfect multifaith children.

Ben Falik is a writer and nonprofiteer. He is the co-founder of Summer in the City and former Detroit Director of Repair the World. Ben serves on the Huntington Woods Zoning Board of Appeals and Environmental Advisory Committee. He is an honorary board member of the Detroit Jewish News Foundation. You can follow his dog on instagram @rushmorethenewf.

Ellen Cogen Lipton is newly-elected to the Michigan State Board of Education. Previously, she was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, where she served on the Education Committee and the K-12 School Appropriation Subcommittee. She is the founder of a non-profit focused on providing college scholarships and coaching to students in economically disadvantaged communities throughout the state.

Mark Jacobs is a longtime community activist in Metropolitan Detroit, particularly within the Jewish Community. He's a Co-Founder of the Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity, the Chair of the Legal Referral Service of Jewish Family Service and the Michigan Director of African-American Outreach for AIPAC. He loves the Detroit Tigers, chasing his grandbabies and vodka martinis, but not always in that order.