QUICK CLICK … Vignettes From The JN Archives: Jan. 8, 2015

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djn-1948-12-31-0_004Happy New Year! To begin our 2015 Quick Clicks, we would like to share with you some Detroit Jewish history. Did you know that Detroit was the fourth-largest city in the United States for most of the 20th century?

In 1950, for example, Detroit had a peak population of 1,849,568, and among those citizens were more than 85,000 Jews. The Jewish community in Detroit can be traced all the way back to 1763, when Jewish traders set up shops in Detroit neighborhoods. Nearly 100 years later, on Sept. 22, 1850, the first congregation was founded in Detroit — Beth El (first known as the Bet-El Society).

When Temple Beth El began to be influenced by the Reform movement, the Orthodox members of the congregation formed another congregation, Shaarey Zedek, in 1869. Today, there are more than 30 synagogues in the metropolitan area.

Detroit Jewish history is at your fingertips. Check out the William Davidson Digital Archive of Detroit Jewish History throughout 2015.

Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.

By Adam Mosseri, Detroit Jewish News Foundation Fellow

 

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