Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, Jan. 28, 2016
The Detroit Jewish community has certainly provided Michigan and the world with some talented people. When doing research into the Jewish News, one sees the names of many Jewish men and women who excel in business, politics, medicine or the arts, such as this story about former state politicians that included a a profile of Sen. Jack Faxon.
Faxon’s is a name that readers will often see in articles over the past 50 years of reporting in the JN.
He has performed in opera and ballet; shown 92 of his paintings in a gallery at Wayne State University; was a high school teacher in Detroit; and speaks Yiddish, French, German, and some Spanish and Russian.
He was a state representative and state senator who served Michigan from the 1960s to the 1990s; was the first state official to add funds for the arts to the state budget for the DIA and other enterprises; developed a fine collection of African art; and founded an international school in Metro Detroit that he still leads.
And, this is just the tip of the accomplishment iceberg for this impressive member of Detroit’s Jewish community. This Quick Click is surely missing a few hundred — or maybe a few thousand — of other talents and achievements for Jack Faxon.
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By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist