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February 21, 1992 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-02-21

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interred underneath the
altar at St. Anne's on
Lafayette, not far from the
Star of David window.

TEHILLIM CHURCH

Another Detroit church
bears not a Jewish symbol
but a Jewish word,
tehillim. While Hebrew
words like Zion and mes-
siah make frequent ap-
pearances on churches, the
Tehillim Church of God in
Christ seems to be one of a
kind.
Tehillim's spiritual
leader, Pastor Michael
Hollis, came up with the
name.
"I looked through a Bible
dictionary under 'praise'
and I saw this magnificent
word, tehillim," Pastor
Hollis said. "I picked it be-
cause I wanted to be diff-
erent — it's unique; you
don't see that word very
often —and I certainly
didn't want to name the
church after myself."
Pastor Hollis founded the
Tehillim Church eight
years ago in his basement.
The first members were the
pastor himself, his wife,
children and cousins.
Nine months later, the
Tehillim Church moved to
Fenkell between Meyers
and Schaefer, where it
stayed for 18 months.
In 1985, the church set-
tled at its current location
on McNichols east of
Meyers. Its members today
number about 40.
Though he does not know
Hebrew, Pastor Hollis has

used the Bible dictionary
when looking for other
Hebrew words to employ at
his church. His choir, for
example, is called Ranan
Todah, or "Sing thanks to
God."
Pastor Hollis said people
often question his frequent
use of Hebrew at the chur-
ch.
"I always tell them that
Jesus was a Hebrew," he
said. "So I never have too
far to explain."

FREUD STREET

On the other side of town
from Spinoza Street is
Freud Street, named not
for the famous father of
psychoanalysis, Sigmund
Freud, but for the famous
Freud family of Detroit.
Julius Freud was born in
Hungary and came with
his family in the 1800s to
Eagle Harbor in northern
Michigan.
Many Jewish immi-
grants of the day — in-
cluding Martin Butzel, the
Heavenrich brothers and
E.S. Heineman — made
their money as clothiers.
Others found their fortunes
in liquor.
Julius Freud, however,
opened a mining company
store and lumber business
with his brother, Leopold,
before he turned 20. He
also managed a lumber
mill in Saginaw and a flour
mill in East Tawas.
"In 1858, Freud moved to
Detroit and sold real
estate," writes author
Robert Rockaway in The

Jews of Detroit: 1762-1914.
"Twenty years later, at age
40, he was a millionaire."
The success of men like
Julius Freud was the result
of several factors, accor-
ding to Mr. Rockaway:
"Their own astuteness and
enterprise; the push the
Civil War gave to Detroit's
economy, especially to
those engaged in manufac-
turing and selling ready-
made clothing; and the fact
that they came to the city
unmarried, which allowed
them the freedom to ex-
periment and take risks."

BORMAN STREET

A third area street bears
the names of a famous
Detroit family, the Bor-
mans.
No one lives on Borman
Street, an industrial drive
giving access to the Detroit
Department of Public
Works yard and the
Farmer Jack offices and
warehouse. Located near
the Southfield Freeway -
196 interchange, Bor-
man Street was named
during the early 1970s for
the former owners of the
Farmer Jack Supermarket
chain.
The Bormans emigrated
from Russia and settled
during the 1920s in
Detroit.
In 1924, Tom Borman
began the business when
he opened Tom's Quality
Market on the east side.
Later, his brother Al joined
him as partner. They

separated in 1945. Tom's
chain of supermarkets
became known as the
Lucky Stores, while Al's
chain was Food Fair. In
1955, they merged their
operations under the Food
Fair name.
In the late 1960s, Food
Fair became known as
Farmer Jack. The chain
grew to become the most
successful, independent
supermarket business in
Michigan.
In its last years with the
Bormans, the business was
headed by Al's son, Paul
Borman. Farmer Jack was
sold in 1988 to A&P.

BORMANt



VETERAN OF VALOR

Lugging bags of books
titled everything from Ad-
vanced Microbiology to
Tender, Torrid Love, hun-
dreds of patrons pass each
day through the doors of
the Southfield Public
Library.
Few notice a plaque on
the grounds just in front. It
bears the name Dennis
Greenwald.
Private First Class
Greenwald, a paratrooper
with the 503rd Infantry,
was stationed in Vietnam.
He was 18 years old when
he died Nov. 20, 1967.
A Southfield native, Pvt.
Greenwald was a graduate
of Cooley High School in
Detroit. He enlisted Nov.
23, 1966, his birthday.
Pvt. Greenwald was the
inspiration for a campaign
that sent 100,000 packets

'-eva,fite-Pv"

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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