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September 06, 2003 - Image 46

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH

S

ome historical milestones in the
Detroit Jewish experience are
highlighted here. They repre-
sent events and trends that had
lasting impact.
For more information, refer to The
Jews of Detroit by Robert Rockaway and
Harmony & Dissonance: Voices of Jewish
Identity in Detroit, 1914-1967 by Sidney
Bolkosky. Both books form the basis for
this timeline with additional help from
Heidi Christein, director of the Leonard
N. Simons Jewish Community Archives;
the Temple Beth El archives; Judith
Levin Cantor, past president of the
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan;
and David Gad-Harf and Allan Gale of
the Jewish Community Council of
Metropolitan Detroit.

1762: FIRST-
KNOWN JEWISH
SETTLER ARRIVES IN
DETROIT AND, OVER
THE DECADES, IS
FOLLOWED MOSTLY
BY GERMAN JEWISH
IMMIGRANTS.

1850: BET EL SOCIETY, THE
FIRST JEWISH CONGREGATION
IN MICHIGAN, IS FORMED.

1880: DETROIT'S
JEWISH POPULATION
REACHES 1,000

1850s AND 1860s:
JEWS BEGIN TO ESTABLISH
SIGNIFICANT BUSINESSES AND
ENTER CIVIC AND POLITICAL
OFFICES.

.

1881: INFLUX OF
EASTERN EUROPEAN
JEWS BEGINS

.

1857: B'NAI B'RITH ORGANIZES
FIRST LOCAL CHAPTER.

1861:
SHAAREY ZEDEK
SOCIETY IS
ESTABLISHED.

1889:
THE CENTRAL
CONFERENCE
OF AMERICAN
RABBIS IS
FOUNDED IN
DETROIT.

1869: DETROIT'S FIRST CENTRALIZED
PHILANTHROPIC AGENCY IS FORMED: THE
GENTLEMEN'S HEBREW RELIEF SOCIETY.

Suzanne Chessler

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