Quick Click: Vignettes from the Jewish News Archives, March 26, 2015
We all read about acts of terrorism and mayhem in today’s world. It seems that heinous acts seem to be a daily affair. Forty-nine years ago, there was such an act in Detroit, one that rocked the city’s Jewish community.
On March 11, 1966, Rabbi Morris Adler passed away after 27 days in a coma. A mentally ill college student had shot him on Feb. 11 as he stood on the bimah at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.
Adler was one of the most prominent rabbis in Detroit, a rabbi who advocated compassion and understanding for all faiths, races and people, and touched many lives. He was an activist in the Metro Detroit community and a strong Zionist. An estimated 15,000 people attempted to attend his funeral — not all could get into the service due to traffic jams that occurred.
Rabbi Adler’s assassination was a great loss for Detroit and its Jewish community. It was ironic that the life of a most compassionate man was taken by a senseless act. The Detroit Jewish News had the unpleasant task of covering this sad story.
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By Mike Smith, Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist