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U-M Replaces Vandalized Jewish Historical Marker

Tilly Shames, associate director of Jewish campus organization Hillel, left, joins Helen Aminoff, a member of Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, and Hillel leader Miriam Goldberg, a Syracuse, N.Y., junior in the School of Education, at the new historic marker replacing a plaque found damaged in July. The marker commemorates the site of the first Jewish cemetery in Michigan. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Jewish community leaders and U-M officials say they’re pleased following the successful replacement of a damaged historic marker that commemorates the site of the state’s first Jewish cemetery.

The metal plaque at the corner of East Huron and Fletcher streets on the U-M campus was found broken in two pieces shortly after 2 a.m. July 10. A replacement marker was placed at the end of October.

A new base was created to increase the angle of the marker, to better withstand weather; it was paid for through contributions. The marker’s inscription was unchanged.

“It was important to replace the historic marker because we want to honor the history and the legacy of what the marker commemorates,” said University Planner Susan Gott   “We were pleased to be able to facilitate the replacement so quickly in order to maintain continuity and preserve the historical record.”

Read more at the University’s Weekly Record.

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