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January 12, 2012 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-01-12

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It Doesn't
Have To Cost
A fortune...
Only Look
Like It!

Diamond Anniversary

Temple Emanu-El celebrates 60 years
with a slate of special events.

Vivian DeGain I Special to the Jewish News

Complete kitchen and
bathroom remodeling
as well as furniture
design and installations
including granite, wood
and other materials.

Lois Haron Allied Member ASID 248.851.6989

Cantor Darcie Sharlein sings with Temple Emanu-El pre-kindergarten students.

Candy to the Troops" project, facilitated
by Linda Greenwood with resounding
success. Greenwood also organized the
temple's annual December food drive for
the needy in honor of World AIDS Day.
After counting and sorting, countless
bags of members' donations were given
to a food pantry in Warren.
Temple Emanu-El members and Early
Childhood Community classes also cre-
ated a "phenomenal spirit of warmth
and giving" as more than 200 people
contributed $6,000 in Chanukah gifts
and gift cards for temple's "Light One
Candle" tzedakah project in conjunction
with Jewish Family Service, said Shelli
Hutchinson, Emanu-El member and
organizer. She said the congregation pro-
vided one of the largest donations that
JVS received this year.

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January 12 • 2012


Generation to Generation
"Celebrating Community from
Generation to Generation" is Temple
Emanu-El's motto for this 60-year mile-
stone. Honorary Anniversary Chairs
Arthur and Claire Kretchmer, Geoff
Kretchmer and Jody Lipton, and Linda
(Kretchmer) Tikey bring a dynamic and
inspired energy to the task.
"My parents were founding mem-
bers of Temple Emanu-El;' Arthur
Kretchmer said. "My family has been
members for 47 years, and my grand-
children are members. I have a consid-
erable investment in their future. We
associated with this temple because it is
small enough to recognize who we are,
yet large enough to offer every aspect of
Jewish worship and lifestyles"

Temple Emanu-El was founded
in 1952 to serve the growing "north-
ern" Jewish communities of Oak
Park, Huntington Woods and Detroit.
Then called the Suburban Temple of
Greater Detroit, its first service for 100
families met on Jan. 18, 1952, at Burton
Elementary School in Huntington
Woods. The first High Holiday services
were held that year at the First Methodist
Church of Royal Oak with parking pro-
vided by St. Mary's Church of Royal Oak
— the first interfaith project in the area.
Within its first year, the congregation
grew to 300 families under the leader-
ship of the late Rabbi Frank Rosenthal.
The building cornerstone was set on
Oct. 2, 1955, and a final dedication took
place in 1957 under the direction of
the late Rabbi Milton Rosenbaum, who
served Temple Emanu-El as rabbi, and
then rabbi emeritus, for more than 40
The late Cantor Norman Rose served
Temple Emanu-El for 35 years, begin-
ning in 1972.
In 1981, Rabbi Lane Steinger, associ-
ate rabbi for five years, succeeded Rabbi
Rabbi Joseph Klein joined Temple
Emanu-El in 1997, and Cantor Darcie
Sharlein was installed in 2008.
Klein, senior rabbi since 1997,
explained that the mid-size congrega-
tion is the only Reform congregation in
the southeast corner of Oakland County,
making it uniquely positioned to flour-
ish within a diverse and pluralistic com-
munity — and it does.
"Affirming that over the long course

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