DETROIT (Dec. 30)
Denise Thal, one of the first women to recently win a coveted Rhodes scholarship, is a member of a suburban Detroit family active in Jewish communal affairs and is herself involved in Jewish youth activities. According to the Detroit Jewish News, Ms. Thal was confirmed at Temple Israel here and was a member of the Michigan State Temple Youth chapter.
She is also active in the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at Harvard University where she is an economics major. The Rhodes scholarship provides over $5000 for two years of study at Oxford University in England. Ms. Thal will attend the Oxford Honors School where she will study political science, philosophy and economics, the Jewish News reported.
Her father, Bruce Thal, is a past president and board member and former treasurer of the Jewish Vocational Service and is currently president of the National Association of Jewish Vocational Services. Her mother, Ileane Thal, served on the boards of the Jewish Family Service and the Federation Women’s Division.