Faces and Places

Detroit may be the Motor City to some, but for the tens of thousands who were among the regular league bowlers in the 1940s and 1950s, Detroit was “the bowling capital of the world.” That was just one of the interesting facts shared at the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan’s Nosh Gen: Bowling in the Motor City event held Feb. 4 at Century Bowl in Waterford. Sharing Jewish history in an engaging, exciting way is the goal of Nosh Gen and, thanks to the event hosts, Mark and Diane Voight, proprietors of Community Bowling Centers and Century Bowl, the event accomplished just that. Discussions ranged from why so many Jews owned bowling centers to hearing from famed bowlers to learning about the history of the Metropolitan Detroit B’nai B’rith Bowling Association, which began hosting tournaments here in 1941 that continue to this day.

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