During one of my cruises through the William Davidson Digital Archive, I ran across a great article in the Feb. 21, 1992, issue of the JN: “Hidden Detroit.”

It is a fascinating piece by Elizabeth Applebaum about some interesting bits of Jewish culture that are “hidden” in some unexpected places in the city.

As she begins her article, Applebaum warns readers that they “will not hear about big buildings or parks. There are no museums,” and that they should not “ask if you can stop to pick up a souvenir of the tour. This map is all you get.”

For one example, did you know that the oldest religious institution in the city, St. Anne’s Catholic Church on West Lafayette, near the Ambassador Bridge, prominently displays a Magen David in the church?

While the congregation was formed the day after Cadillac landed on the banks of the Detroit River in 1701, the current St. Anne’s church dates from 1886. It still has a vibrant congregation, and the Star of David stained-glass window is still near the altar.

For another, did you know about the Tehillim Church of God in Christ? Founded in 1983, Pastor Michael Hollis was searching for a name and discovered the Hebrew word for “praises.” Since that time, the Tehillim Church has been praising God on West McNichols in Detroit.

These are just two of the stories of Jewish Detroit symbols that are off-the-beaten-path. It is an excellent read for armchair adventurers, as well as those who like to explore the city.

Mike Smith
Detroit Jewish News Foundation



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