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October 02, 1959 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-10-02

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEW S Friday, October 2, 1959 — 50

Documents in. Archives Show How Christian Helped Build Synagogue

CINCINNATI—Christian sup-
port of Jewish fund - raising
campaigns is a deeply-rooted
American tradition dating back
to colonial times. Dr. Jacob R.
Marcus, director of American
Jewish Archives, the center for
American historical research
located on the campus of

Happy New Year to
Our Friends and Patrons

MARY GREEN
BEAUTY SALON

10521 W. 7 Mile Rd.

UN 4-0674

New Year Greetings

Green's Pharmacy

Prescription Specialists
Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Daily and Sunday
We Deliver
27154 W. 7 Mile Rd.

KE 3-1210

Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion, traces
interfaith cooperation of this
kind back to the 1760's when
Newport's now famous Touro
Synagogue had just been built.
The daring congregants who
built Rhode Island's first syna-
gogue, a lovely Georgian struc-
ture, today, by act of Congress,
a national historic site, had
just one big problem: how to
pay for it. The temple, designed
by Peter Harrison, colonial
America's most notable archi-
tect, had cost some 2,000
pounds sterling, no small sum
in those days, and the expense
had to be defrayed in part by
an eight per cent mortgage.
The close of the French and
Indian war in 1763 had precipi-
tated a depression, and money
was tight. There was nothing
for it but a fund-raising cam-
paign, and the Newporters set
about it without delay, appeal-
ing to other congregations in
the Colonies and abroad.
Their plea to Mikveh Israel

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New Year Greetings

SPORTS OUTLET
STORES

on the New Year i
!

HEARLD
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WHOLESALE CO .

"Rough & Finish"

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Holiday Greetings

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Sheet Metal Co.

Holiday Greetings

ABE HERTZBERG

HEATING - COOLING
Residential and Commercial

House of Bonds

13130 Plymouth
WE 3-0209

1401 Beaubien

1-0301

WO

Happy Holiday

Pleasure & Leisure
• Shop, Inc.,

New Year Greetings

HEWITT METAL
CORP.

Colonial and Contemporary
Furniture
Magnavox Hi-Fi - Television
22384 GRAND RIVER
Betwen Lahser and Telegraph

Frederick E. Harris
1918 Stanley

KE T-7300

TY 5-3846

New Year Greetings

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Congregation in Curacao in
the Netherlands West Indies
may have initiated the
very first of the modern-type
Jewish appeals under the
leadership of a Christian well-
wisher. Frederick De Wit, a
member of one of Curacao's
most distinguished Christian
families, who probably had
business relations with New-
port Jewish merchants, trans-
mitted the appeal for
synagogue funds to the
Curacao congregation. With
characteristic Dutch drive
and efficiency, he lent him-
self to the campaign and—
in his own way—offered to
organize his own little United
Jewish Appeal.
Dr. Marcus draws much of
the story from a remarkable
letter dated October, 1764,
taken from the files of the
Curacao congregation. Sent
over the signatures of Aaron
Lopez, parnas (president) of
the Newport synagogue; Ishac
de Abraham Touro, hazzan
(minister) and seven other
members, the letter said the
writers were "cheered by the
hope offered us by the kind
protection of Mr. Frederick De
Wit" and, "through the offices
of the above gentleman," they
requested "the liberal assist-
ance of Curacao Jewry."
The letter went on to say
that faced with the third annual
due date of the mortgage, they
found themselves in the "de-
plorable situation" of being
unable "not only to pay the
principal, but even the inter-
est," and it added that "Mr.
De Wit, who has personal
knowledge of our plight, has
graciously encouraged us, offer-
ing to supervise and sponsor a
campaign for funds to save the
synagogue, and, being an ef-
fective speaker, proposes to
open the drive for this cam-
paign—an offer which we can
hardly commend highly enough,
and one which is characteristic
of noble thoughts."
Here the documentation ends,
so history does not record how
Curacao Jewry responded. But
it does not seem likely that the
efforts of the energetic Mr. De
Wit went without result.
There are other instances of
active Christian interest in
early American Jewish philan-
thropies. Perhaps the most
notable took place in Philadel-
phia in 1788 when Benjamin
Franklin, David Rittenhouse,
William Bradford and a number

of -other leading Christians
came to the aid of the city's
sorely - pressed Mikveh Israel
Congregation. H o w e v e r, it
seems clear from the record
that one of the first of the
modern - type Jewish drives- -
perhaps the first—was organ-
ized in 1764 by the Christian
Frederick De Wit of Chicago.
Copies of the Newport-
Curacao correspondent are on
file in the American Jewish
Archives which collects, pre-
serves, classifies and publishes
Jewish Americana.

New Year Greetings

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Company

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Roofing & Siding
Flat Roof Service
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Aluminum
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New Year Greetings

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Repair Co.

Our Friends and Patrons

FRENCH 610 VALET

RAY'S BRIDAL SALON

A complete - line of
home improvements

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Happy New Year

Auto City Candy Co.

2937

10909 Grand River

WE 3-4636

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New Year Greetings

ELLIMAN
Steel Company

RED PELICAN
FOOD PRODUCTS

St. Aubin

5650 St. Jean
WA 1-2500

TE 1-3350

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Greetings

Bill's Sinclair Service

Lubrication - motor work - wash
simonizing — Road Service

Happy Holiday

The Sabin Robbins
Paper Co.

at Ledyard
WO 4-9028

2580 3RD

Detroit, Michigan

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New Year Greetings

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Best Wishes for a
Happy New Year

DAVIS IRON
WORKS, Inc.

19381

John R

FELDBRO
QUALITY MEATS

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20233 W. 7 Mile Rd.
Betwen Kentfield and Heyden

KE 4-7522

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New Year Greetings

FINE ARTS
OPTICAL SERVICE

New Year Greetings

Davison Auto Parts
and Equipment

Quality and Service Is Our
Greatest Concern—
On It We Stake Our Reputation
710 David Broderick Bldg.

4238 E. Davison
TW 2-0100

Season's Greetings

DENT SERVICE

GAS - OIL - BATTERIES
Accessories - Motor Tune-up
Brake Service - Repairs

John R
TR 3-9868

9100

WO 3-6907

i New Year Greetings

1

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Adler-Kay Company

Everything in Wood

12126

Wormer, Detroit 39

KE 2-7100

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Happy New Year

BRODER BROS.

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218

W. Jefferson

LO 2-3331

WO 2-7131
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New Year Greetings
DEPENDABLE
HEATING &
SHEET METAL CO.

Best Wishes to Our
Relatives and Friends
for a Happy and
Prosperous New Year
Mr. and Mrs. H. KING
BROWN and FAMILY

VE 6-1454

4(
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ESQUIRE GRILL

Restaurant - Delicatessen
Good Food Is Good Health

TE 1-5353

Luxo ire Furnaces

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New Year Greetings

3300 Grand River
Harry E. Citrin = Harley J. Citrin

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Detroit 24, Michigan

Sincere Good Wishes
GRAND AUTO
REPLACEMENT
PARTS, INC.

DENWOOD REALTY

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Holiday Greetings * 4(

Fenkell

VE 5-8001

HARRY M. GOLDFARB

24417 Ford Rd., Dearborn

One hour or same day
Dry Cleaning Service.
One Day Pick-up and Delivery
Service
FREE PARKING
19377 Livernois at Outer Drive
DI 1-0450

Gowns for All Occasions

15240

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Happy New Year

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Real Estate Co.

New Year Greetings

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Happy New Year to

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on the New Year

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New Year Greetings to
Our Friends and Patrons

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2705 W. Davison

Res. UN 3-0776
BONDS FOR ALL COURTS
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Office: 1317 BEAUBIEN ST.
Detroit, Mich.

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TI 6-5735

New Year Greetings

DETROIT TIRE CO.

WO 1-4645 - WO 1-4646
WO 1-1196

New Year Greetings

! 7937 Schaefer at Tiremon

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President James Madison once
studied Hebrew with the idea
of becoming a preacher.

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New Year Greetings

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19234

Warrington

New Year Greetings

Holiday Greetings

DERAMO
SHELL SERVICE

BUCK'S EAT SHOP

24

Hour Road Service
4265 John R

Just a Good Place to Eat

7056 W.

Vernor

TE 3-8322

VI 2-9627

New Year Greetings

Holiday Greetings

DETROIT
RENDERING CO.

R. HAL BURISS
SIGN STUDIO

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New Year Greetings

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Mufflers Installed Free
Hot Rod Parts

Livernois
UN 3-2168

14843

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First We Render Service

TA 5-1711

Established 1921
2333 Cass, Detroit 1, Mich.

WO 1-2251

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