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Posts by Mike Smith

clipping from the Detroit Jewish News from 1978 showing Carl Levin winning the election to become the first Jewish U.S. Senator. The headline reads "Levin State's First Jewish Senator" Nov. 10, 1978

Looking Back At The Levins

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History It is December, and the political season is over. Well, the political season is never really over, but at least the elections concluded more than a month ago. I am still thinking about politics as an election from 40 years ago caught my eye.…

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Looking Back at the JN Chanukah Art Contest

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Mike Smith Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist This is one of my favorite times of the year at the JN. It’s time for the 33rd Annual Chanukah Art Contest! OK, OK. I’ll admit there are a few artists, like that Rembrandt guy or Picasso…

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Looking Back At Women In Politics

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Mike Smith Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist Well, the 2018 elections are over. We can now enjoy the lack of political advertisements on our televisions and radios and, the best part, no more robocalls! One of the most interesting and historic aspects of the…

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Nov 11, 1938 issue of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle featuring the headline:

Looking Back At Kristallnacht

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Mike Smith Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist It has been 80 years since Kristallnacht, “Crystal Night” or the “Night of Broken Glass.” This refers to a wave of extreme anti-Semitic violence in Germany on Nov. 9-10, 1938. Because of the shooting of a Nazi…

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March 18, 1983 issue of the Detroit jewish News article featuring the history of the Hebrew Free Loan researched by Home for Aged Resident

Looking Back At Hebrew Free Loan

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Mike Smith Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist Most weeks in the JN, one can find an advertisement for Hebrew Free Loan on page 3. This week, I decided to explore the history of this well-known organization in the Davidson Digital Archives, now hosted as…

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Nov. 7, 1919 Jewish Chronicle editorial on Armistice Day/Veterans Day

Looking Back at Veterans Day

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History This year, Veterans Day holds a special significance. It marks 100 years since the end of World War I or “The Great War,” which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 (although the war did not…

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Detroit Jewish News Foundation logo "capturing your story. connecting our community"

New Enhancements

JN Foundation’s Davidson archive now part of U-M’s Bentley library. It has happened again. The Detroit Jewish News Foundation, via its William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, has taken another step forward in its mission to preserve and make available the history of Detroit’s Jewish community, that is, your history. It is hard…

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1985 Detroit jewish News article on the Inaugural Induction dinner of the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Looking Back at the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History I read that one of my favorite sports announcers, Ken Daniels, was inducted Oct. 23 into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. This is good news. Since 1997, Daniels, along with Mickey Redmond, has been the television play-by-play voice of my beloved Detroit…

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Aug. 4, 1916 issue of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle praising the adventures of Paul Koenig, captain of the German submarine Deutschland in World War I.

Looking Back At Germany And World War I

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History When cruising through the Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, a reader can find the unexpected, something beyond a written record of Jews in Detroit and Michigan, or in America and the world at-large. And, sometimes the report you find will really illustrate…

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Osias Zwerdling in the Nov. 5, 1948, issue of the JN that reported that Zwerdling’s friends, citizens of Ann Arbor, and University of Michigan faculty and students were celebrating his 70th birthday.

Looking Back At Osias Zwerdling

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Next week will mark the 140th birthday of a very important Michigan Jew: Osias Zwerdling. This is not a household name in Detroit, so don’t feel bad if you don’t know his name, but he is someone to consider and remember. For many years,…

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