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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-08-02

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A Night of
Good Taste

Salutes America!

SUZANNE CHESSLER

Special to the Jewish News

useums have been important to
Dana Horwitz, a native New
Yorker who relocated to
Windsor. She met her husband,
Larry, at New York's Museum of Modern Art,
and she is calling attention to her father-in-
law, Aaron, in an exhibit at Windsor's
Community Museum.
Horwitz helped develop "Memories and
Times of Windsor Jews," an exhibit of photo-
graphs and mementos to be shown through
Oct. 5 at no cost to visitors. Besides being
responsible for showcasing her own family,
Horwitz interviewed and helped write the text
for other families with histories in the city.
"I'm very impressed with the way this exhib-
it turned out," says Horwitz, who worked
through Windsor's Jewish Community Centre
to help with the displays. "I was •
very proud to highlight my father-
in-law, who left Poland when he
was 8 years old and has been in
Canada for more than 50 years."
Aaron Horwitz is shown as a
Windsor businessman who started
out selling bags and barrels and
wound up working with real estate
transactions. He also is described as
part of the leadership of Windsor's
Congregation Shaarey Zedek.

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munity peddler in 1876 and later opened a
butcher shop and served with the town council. -
Other profiled community leaders are David
Croll, who was mayor of Windsor, and Herb
Gray, who served as a federal liberal member
of Parliament for almost 40 years and deputy
prime minister of Canada.
Visitors also will view information about
how the 1920s attracted a big wave of immi-
grants because of the industrialization in the
city. There also is a binder so people can add
their comments about growing up in Ontario.

Generation To Generation

"We put people of all generations on the com-
mittee that worked on this exhibit," explains
Harvey Kessler, executive director of the
Windsor Jewish Federation and Community
Centre. "Our goal was to show who was here,
how they got here and what they contributed.
We wanted to show
families, businesses and
service organizations."
Sandi Malowitz,
Windsor JCC program
director and a member
of the exhibit advisory
committee, advocated
for pointing out the
connection between the
Windsor and Detroit
Jewish communities,
and that has been done
through the histories
presented in text.
Joint Venture
"A lot of people set-
"People in our community con-
tled in Windsor before
tributed a great deal to develop this
exploring the proximity
exhibit," says curator Hugh Barrett,
of Detroit, and there
education and volunteer coordinator
were lots of marriages
at the museum. "We started out
that mixed Detroiters
with four photographs and eventual-
with
Windsorites,"
Malowitz
says.
ly reached 100."
Kessler feels a great sense of pride in the
The exhibit, completed in a joint venture
items on display.
with the Windsor Jewish Community Centre,
"This exhibit really is very comprehensive,
examines the Jewish experience from early set-
and
it shows contributions to Windsor in gen-
tlement to the present. Besides showcasing his-
eral
in addition to the Jewish sector," he says.
torical photos and synagogue memorabilia, it
"It
took
almost eight months to put this
features ritual keepsakes as well as objects used
together. We found items by sending out mail-
in daily commerce.
ings, doing postings and advertising."
An original sign from a synagogue, old
While arranging and seeing the items on
prayer books, a scale from an early kosher bak-
loan,
Barrett appreciated the involvement and
ery and a Jewish calendar from the past repre-
commitment
of the participants.
sent the range of items on display. Special
"This
is
a
part
of Windsor history that I
activities, such as coloring illustrations and
really
didn't
know
about," Barrett says. "It will
making dreidels, have been set up to relate the
be
a
good
resource
for future research." ❑
collection of materials to young children.
"This exhibit is part of a series about various
groups important to the history of Windsor,"
Memories and Times of Windsor Jews will
Barrett says. "'Memories and Times of Windsor
be on exhibit through Oct. 5 at
Jews' shows how people came from Europe with
Windsor's Community Museum at the
practically nothing and built their lives here."
Francois Baby House, 254 Pitt Street,
The collection recalls the first recorded Jewish
West
Windsor. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
resident, Moses David, a Montreal fur trader
Tuesdays-Saturdays
and 2-5 p.m.
who is believed to have arrived during the
Sundays. (519) 253-1812.
1790s. Also recalled is the next settler, William
Englander, who established himself as a com-

A Strolling Feast from
Ethnic America

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clockwise from
top left:

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Windsor
businessman
Aaron Horwitz
with his parents. A
resident of Canada
for more than
50 years, Horwitz
immigrated
when he was 8.

The exterior of
Shaarey Zedek
Synagogue. The
building, which
used to stand in
downtown
Windsor, has been
torn down.

Thursday, August 15
6:30 p.m.
Unique Restaurant's
Milk & Honey

Presented by
Huntington Bank

The late Harold
Schwartz stands
inside Tifereth
Israel Synagogue, a
congregation in the
Windsor suburb of
Ford City; this
synagogue also has
been torn down.

Samples from the
evening's menu include:

Passed Appetizers - Asia

Seared Tuna Sashimi on Jicama

Salad Station - America

Classic Waldorf Astoria Salad
Michigan Morel Salad with
Roasted Beets and Tomato.

Many Jewish
youngsters attended
the J. E. Benson
Elementary School
in Windsor.

Left:
The bimah at
Tifereth Israel
Synagogue:
Recalling an
earlier era in
the history of
Windsor's Jews.

Pasta Station - Italy

Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Penne with Artichoke, Spinach,
Mushrooms, Tomato Basil Cream

Vegetarian Station - Middle East

Hummus, Baba Ghannbuj, Tabouleh
Rice Stuffed Onion & Squash

Principal Station - France

Salmon en Croute with
Red pepper Beurre Blanc
Wild Mushroom Cassoulet

Finale - Mexico

Cajetta Flan with Dessert Fruit

Hosted by Robbie Timmons &
Jim Brandstatter with
Entertainment by Buddy Budson
and Ursula Walker

Featuring silent auction items...

• A Review Dinner with
Molly Abraham

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• Popping Corks with Unique
Restaurant% Master
Sommelier Madeline Triffon

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• A day shadowing Forte

pastry chef, Tanya Fallon

Full admission tickets begin
at $65. For tickets call
(800) KARMANOS
(1-800-527-6266)
By August 8

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2002

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