Mike Smith

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Looking Back: Justice for Louis Gross

An interesting story from Judge Avern Cohn led Mike Smith into the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit history for this week’s “Looking...

Looking Back: Poking Holes in the Glass Ceiling

While reading the historic pages of the JN and Detroit Jewish Chronicle and in the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, one...

Looking Back: Where Fashion Reigned

The 100-year history of B. Siegel’s is another great saga of Jewish immigrant success in Detroit. I recently wrote about the famous Himelhoch’s clothing store in...

Looking Back: A Giant Name in Retail

Beginning in 1919, many issues of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the JN have something in common: advertisements for Himelhoch's. I recently read about the passing...

Looking Back: Chag Sameach!

This year marks an anniversary for a more recent, yet historic, event in Detroit: “Menorah in the D.” For me, writing about the history of...

Looking Back: Remembering Rabbi Sacks

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, 1990-2013, the tenth rabbi to hold that position. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Baron Sacks...