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Left page top: Allyn Kantor was the second president of
Temple Beth Emeth.
Left page bottom: On Simchat Torah, Temple Beth Emeth
Rabbi Robert Levy holds an inflatable "bet" indicating
"Bereshit" — beginning the cycle of Torah reading.
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Left: Temple Beth Emeth Education Director Terri Ginsburg
begins a Torah service.
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Lower left: Holding flags on Simchat Torah is Rabbi Robert
Levy spiritual leader of Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor
Mon-Sat 11 am - 10 pm
Sunday 4 pm - 9:30 pm
tral person who coordinates time and space issues.
Though they are two individual congregations with
different religions, the St. Clare and Temple Beth .
Emeth congregations come together to participate in
annual joint programming. It includes a Thanksgiving
service, a Passover "peace seder" and a once-a-year
pulpit switch, where the rabbi gives a sermon at the
church and the minister gives a sermon at the temple.
Members of each congregation also help out by baby-
sitting for each other's children during major holi-
When the temple had grown to a substantial size and
discussion arose about moving, St. Claire's suggested joint
ownership of the building. The congregation approved the
"We are the first congregation in the country to be
jointly owned by a synagogue and a church ... that's a real
landmark in brotherhood, and being able to work out the
relationships necessary for two religions to co-exist and
thrive in the same building," said Simon, who has been a
member of the congregation since 1969.
The two congregations share sanctuary space and class-
room space but have separate offices. Each congregation
functions separately and scheduling is done through a cen-
A Spiritual Home
Past president Bobbi Heilveil of Ann Arbor joined
Temple Beth Emeth in 1974, and served the congre-
gation from 1993-1997. She was president when a
new sanctuary and classrooms were added and recalls
when the addition opened.
"I remember standing there and looking at the
temple office, and turning around for the first time
and seeing this wonderful expanse that was available,"
she said. "I was elected president of the little building
and became president of this big beautiful building:"
Heilveil, who grew up in the East and came to the
Midwest because of her husband's job, said Temple Beth
Emeth has become home to her family over the past 25
"We have a history here now, where we've had children •
named, bafmitzvahed, married — and now they are mem-
bers of the congregation with children in the religious
school. For us, it's a home ... it's been the center for our
children and us," she said.
An "in-house" comic
review on Saturday, Feb. 8,
will star members of the
The culminating event
is a concert on Sunday,
April 6. Performers will be
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Beth Emeth Celebrates
Temple Beth Emeth plans
some special events to
mark its 36th anniversary
year. First up is a jazz
music bistro evening
Saturday, Oct. 19, featur-
ing the Jeff Haas Trio.
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Temple Beth Emeth
Cantor Annie Zibelman
Rose as the principal
soloist along with the
Ann Arbor Symphony
and the temple's adult
Temple Beth Emeth is
at 2309 Packard Road in
Ann Arbor. For informa-
tion, call the temple,
(734) 665-4744 or visit
the Web site:
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