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The Detroit Jewish News, 2010-05-13

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Family Focus

History Preserved

Special tour goes inside four
former Detroit synagogues.

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Tour goers on the steps of the former Shaarey Zedek synagogue in Detroit


bout 100 people — Jews
and Christians — enjoyed a
tour April 22 of four Detroit
churches that had been former syna-
gogues. The event was sponsored by the
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
and the Detroit Historical Society as
part of a first-time collaboration.
Former synagogues included on the
tour were B'nai David, Shaarey Zedek,
Beth El and B'nai Moshe. Participants
entered each building to view the inte-
riors, with Jewish symbols beautifully
preserved and to hear from a current
church member as well as a Jewish
"So many of the participants were
remembering their simchahs in these
buildings, attending classes there as
youngsters, and parents and grand-
parents who played prominent roles
there," said JHSM's Jerry Cook, who
served as a bus captain.
"The ministers or lay spokesper-
sons described how happy they are
to worship in these inspiring places','
Cook said. "Bishop Shedrick L. Clark
Sr. at the former Shaarey Zedek said
he always prays for the peace of
Jerusalem, as instructed by Scripture,
and thanked those in our Jewish com-
munity who helped build such a mag-
nificent building, which his congrega-
tion bought in 1962."
JHSM president Arnold Collens
spoke at the old B'nai David; Ruthe
Goldstein and Judy Levin Cantor

The stained-glass windows at the

former Shaarey Zedek synagogue in


spoke at the former Shaarey Zedek;
Dennis and Peggy Frank offered
words at Temple Beth El's 1922-73
building and showed which aisle they
walked down at their wedding; and
Cook spoke at the old B'nai Moshe.
A highlight of the day was the
participation of Cantor Daniel
Gross of Adat Shalom Synagogue in
Farmington Hills and his wife, Lauren
Skuce Gross. In addition to perform-
ing, they taught the song "Ma Tovu:'
which was sung in each buildings.
The inspiration and most of the pre-
paratory work was done by Mike Kasky,
who has also conducted tours for the
Grosse Pointe Jewish community. Fl


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