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'THE `DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Centennial of Michigan's 1st Jewish-Constructed
Synagogue Scheduled to Be Observed on July 4th
BY IRVING I. KATZ
Temple Beth El
This year marks the
100th anniversary of the
laying of the cornerstone
being Mayor (Alexander)
of the first 'synagogue Lewis and members of
built by Jews in Michigan. the City Council."
(The first two synagogue
The opening prayer
buildings of Temple Beth was given by Rabbi E.
first Rosenzweig, spiritual
synagogue building of leader of Shaarey Zedek.
Cong. Shaarey Zedek The guest speaker was
were originally church Rabbi Max Lillienthal of
buildings, remodeled into Cong. Bene Israel in Cin-
cinnati and the closing
Shaarey Zedek erected prayer was delivered by
the first synagogue in Rabbi Henry Zirndorf of
Michigan, a stately Temple Beth El.
The following items
edifice, at the cost of were deposited in the
$27,000, a sizeable sum cornerstone: membership
for a congregation con- roster, constitution and
sisting in 1877 of 68 by-laws of Shaarey Zedek
families, or about 340 in- and of Temple Beth El,
dividuals in Detroit's the constitutions of the
population of more than U.S., Michigan and Bnai
Brith, copies of the July 3,
The arrangements 1877 Jewish newspapers
committee for the cor- published in the United
nerstone cere- States, and of all Detroit
No penalty if you withdraw any or all of your
regular passbook account funds at any time.
HIGHER INTEREST BEARING CERTIFICATE AC-
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue
newspapers of that date,
man Samuel N. Ginsburg, an American coin dated
Federal regulations require a substantial interest
A. M. Barmon, Nathan 1877 and a silver Jewish
..:: penalty for early withdrawals of certificate ac-
Burton, Isaac Epstein, coin from ancient times.
-....- Jacob Freud, Marcus Dissention developed in
Freud, Ephraim Ham- the congregation. Accord-
— THREE RADIO NEWSCASTS DAILY —
burger and Jacob Robin- ing to historiographer
MONDAY thru FRIDAY
Silas Farmer ("The His-
The ceremony took place tory of Detroit and Michi-
WLDM 95.5 at 8 A.M., 12 NOON and 5:30 P.M.
on July 4, 1877, at Con- gan") the congregation
gress and St. Antoine, the became "divided in senti-
same location where ment" and separated into
Shaarey Zedek's first three groups.
synagogue was located but
The result was that the
was . torn down to make
SOUTHFIELD: Home Office: 27255 Lahser Rd.
room for the new congregation, whoSe
membership dropped to
DOWNTOWN DETROIT: 1250 Griswold — 962-2785
35 families, was unable to
REDFORD: at Grand River West of Lahser Rd. — 533-3300
of the Detroit Free Press, keep its financial com-
EAST SIDE DETROIT: 8 Mile Rd. at Kelly Rd. — 772-2300
"The streets were mitments and on April 1,
PLYMOUTH: 1200 S. Sheldon Rd. — 455-5010
crowded with spectators, 1879, the new synagogue
while on the platform was turned over to the
were between 300 and 400 contractor, former De
pers on s, among them troit Mayor Stephen B.
The members rented
Kittelberger's Hall on
Randolph St. for worship
and meetings. They were
depressed and unsure of
the futu're of 'Shaarey
Zedek. The destiny of the
synagogue was further
Complicated in 1880 when
an explosion occurred in
the vacant building caus-
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David W. Simons, who
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9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Only
president of Cong.
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Bnai Israel at that time,
attempted to heal the rift
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in the congregation by
appealing to the three
mony consisted of chair-
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congregation and setting
it on the road of develop-
ment and progress.
Mendelsohn and his
small band of determined
associates rented the
synagogue building from
the contractor and began
to hold regular worship
services. By 1884 the
membership of Shaarey
Zedek rose to 70 families
and the synagogue build-
ing was piirchased for.
The synagogue was
formally dedicated in
Shaarey Zedek, suc-
A miniature replica
ceeded in rallying around that synagogue is now
him a number of dedi- under construction by the
cated members, with the Detroit artist Aid Kush-
aim of strengthening the ner.
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groups to reunite but his
efforts were to no avail.
(In later years, Simons
became a distinguished
leader in Shaarey Zedek,
Detroit's Jewish and gen-
eral communities. He ap-
parently affiliated with.
Shaarey Zedek and be-
came its president, and
was elected to the first
nine-man Detroit Common
Council after conducting a
campaign for votes.)
In 1881, Reuben Men-
delsohn, president of
CONG. BETH ABRAHAM-HILLEL: Services 6 p.m.
today and 9 a.m. Saturday. Martin Weiner, Bar
CONG. BETH ACHIM: Services 5:55 p.m. today and
8:45 a.m. Saturday. Robert Gal and William Golds-
tein, Bnai Mitzva.
TEMPLE BETH EL: Services 8:30 p.m. today. Guest
rabbi, Bertram W. Korn of Cong. Keneseth Israel
in Philadelphia, will speak on "American Jewry:
Past, Present and Future." Services 11 a.m. Satur-
day. Rabbi Schwartz will speak on "The Black Jew."
BIRMINGHAM TEMPLE: Services 8:30 p.m. today. A
"Service of Drama" will be presented.
CONG. BNAI DAVID: Services 5:45 p.m. today and 8:30
a.m. Saturday. Kenneth Rovner, Bar Mitzva.
TEMPLE ISRAEL: Services 8:30 p.m. today. Cantor
Arthur Asher, educational director, will speak on
"Re-Forming Reform Jewish Education." Steven
Danto, Bar Mitzva. Services 11 a.m. Saturday.
Michael Mendelson, Bar Mitzva.
Services 8:30 p.m. today. Rabbi
Conrad will speak on "Participatory Worship." An-
thony Gould, Bar Mitzva.
CONG. MISHKAN ISRAEL NUSACH H'ARI: Services
6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Gottlieb
will speak on "Inter-Group Relations." Hardy
Labowich, Bar Mitzva.
CONG. SHAAREY ZEDEK: Services 5:50 p.m. today
and 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Michael Cohen and Eric
Benderoff, Bnai Mitzva.
Regular services will be held at Adat Shalom
Synagogue, Cong. Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield,
Cong. Beth Isaac of Trenton, Temple Beth Jacob of
Pontiac, Cong. Beth Jacob-Mogain Abraham, Cong.
Beth Moses, Cong. Beth Shalom, Cong. Beth Tefilo
Emanuel Tikvah, Cong. Beth Tephilath Moses of Mt.
Clemens, Cong. Bnai Israel of Pontiac, Cong. Bnai
Israel-Beth Yehudah, Cong. Bnai Jacob, Cong. Bnai
Moshe, Cong. Bnai Zion, Cong. Dovid. Ben Nuchim,
Downtown Synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, Ha-Ner
Ha-Tamid, Livonia Jewish Congregation, Cong.
Shaarey Shomayim (10 Mile Jewish Center), Shomer
Israel (18960 Snowden), Cong. Shomrey Emunah,
Young Israel of Greenfield, Young Israel of Oak-
Woods and Young Israel of Southfield.
Schools for Israel
extends greetings and congratulations to
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Flatt
on the occasion of the engagement
of their son
Samuel Jacob Flatt to Dorit Langbort
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Langbort
of Givatayim, Israel
Yehi rotzon sheyichnesu lechupah besha-ah tovah
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, President
Rabbi Eli Koslowitz, Assistant to the pres.