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January 18, 1991 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-01-18

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emple Beth Jacob of
Pontiac, Oakland
County's oldest
Reform congregation, is in
the process of closing its
doors after 68 years, officials
said Monday.
But while the temple
building in Pontiac and the
rabbi's parsonage in Bloom-
field Hills are up for sale, the
congregation hopes not to go
silently into history.
Beth Jacob members want
to preserve the temple's
name, possibly through
physical additions to other
Detroit-area Jewish
facilities, done in Beth
Jacob's name and financed
by the sale of its assets, or
through placement of the
temple's Torahs and its
library.
"Ultimately, we'd like to
do something for the com-
munity with the money from
the sale of the assets, to keep
the name of Beth Jacob
alive," said Judy Schwartz
of West Bloomfield, temple
co-president with Barbara
Schrier since last May.
"The rabbi (Richard Weiss)
has retired; we're winding
down our activities and look-
ing to disband, but the con-
gregation is still in the pro-
cess of deciding what to do,"
she said. "We have not yet
made that decision."
In fact, she said, the tem-
ple board at its most recent
meeting Dec. 17 "voted to
keep it (the temple) alive,"
although it also decided then
to put the temple properties
on the market. But, she add-
ed, if the temple, built in
1958, isn't sold by next Rosh
Hashanah, services could be
held there again.
The temple's closing
leaves Pontiac with no Jew-
ish congregations. B'nai
Israel, a Conservative syn-
agogue, relocated to West
Bloomfield about 10 years
ago.
The closing is "very
difficult for everybody to
face," said Mrs. Schwartz,
referring to the membership.
"Temples don't go out of
business."
She said the congregation,
established in Pontiac in
1923, has several families
with multiple generations as
members. "It's very sad,"
she said. "We all have
wonderful, happy feelings
about the temple. We would
like to see the temple name
preserved in some way and

not become a dim memory."
"We want to take the tem-
ple out with grace and dig-
nity," said Mrs. Schreier, a
Birmingham resident and
22-year Beth Jacob member
who brought in the Schwart-
zes as members 19 years ago.
"There's a heartbeat that
continues and we don't want
that to die."
Mrs. Schwartz said that
several members are
discussing the formation of a
chavurah as a way of staying
together.
Beth Jacob members seek-
ing to join other congrega-
tions are attending a series
of six Friday night services
at other temples as a group,
but Mrs. Schreier said mem-
bers probably won't all
join the same congregation
because they live in various
Oakland and Wayne County
communities. Only one or
two families still reside in
Pontiac, she said.
There are no merger talks
going on, she said. "We're
using the word 'absorption.'
A merger is not a possibility
at this time."

Mrs. Schwartz declined to
discuss all the reasons for
the closing, but did attribute
it in part to "a lack of
leadership and participa-
tion. We ran out of people
willing to take on leadership
roles," she said. "It was
quite difficult to get
anything accomplished."
She added there were "not
that many young families
left" in the congregation.

She said membership has
dwindled to "60 families in
good standing," compared to
over 200 at one time. The
membership eventually
spread out to 26 different
communities, according to
Beth Jacob's own demo-
graphic survey, with the
temple in part losing mem-
bership over the years to
Detroit temples that moved
to the city's northern
suburbs.

Mrs. Schwartz said Rabbi
Weiss decided to retire a
year ago and was made rabbi
emeritus, a post he will hold
until the end of July. Both
she and Mrs. Schreier refus-
ed to discuss contract
negotiations with the rabbi
or whether they had
anything to do with the
temple's closing. She said
the temple did decide it
could not afford to hire a
rabbi to replace Rabbi
Weiss. ❑

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