Posts by Mike Smith

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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Herb Gray in the Feb. 6, 1970 issue of the Detroit Jewish News

Looking Back At Herb Gray

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Ever hear of Herb Gray? Do those of you with Canadian roots in Windsor, Ontario, know about Mr. Gray? I ran across a very interesting story about Herb Gray in the Feb. 6, 1970, issue of the JN. That’s where I learned he was…

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“Menu Suggestions for Holiday Meals” in the Sept. 12, 1947 issue of the JN

Looking Back At Treasured Recipes

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History My good friend and fellow historian Arnie Collens told me about a recent conversation he had with his sister, Linda Schaar, who lives in Mevaseret Zion, Israel. She asked Arnie what happened to their mother’s (Dorothy Collens) prize cookbook? It seems the cookbook in…

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Sept 13, 2002 issue of the Detroit Jewish News article about Julius Spielberg called "Good As Gold"

Looking Back At Julius Speilberg

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Although, like many men, I still like to think I’m 18, I must admit I have made it to official senior citizen status. Let’s just say I’m older than 55. But, speaking of senior citizens, I ran across a JN article from 15 years…

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Looking Back At The Grand Hotel

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Last week, I stayed at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Yes, yes — it was tough duty. Beautiful architecture, gourmet meals, first-rate service, drinks on the massive porch with a great view of the Mackinac Bridge … I don’t know how I survived! I…

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From the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History

I was thinking about Canada again this week after Carolyn Gray, my good friend from Hamilton, Ontario, reminded me that “Labor Day” in Canada is actually “Labour Day.” Recently, I wrote a bit about the relationship of Detroit and Michigan to Windsor, Ontario, and elsewhere in Canada, and pointed out that many of us have…

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The Jewish News Rosh Hashanah shofar issue from 1944.

Looking Back At Rosh Hashanah

From the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archives of Jewish Detroit History With Rosh Hashanah just days away, I thought I would do a bit of research into the Davidson Digital Archives to see how the holiday was covered over the years by the JN and the Jewish Chronicle. The answer is that there was a…

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back to school in the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History

Looking Back At Heading Back To School

From the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Back to school. Three words that hold different meaning for different people. It is a menacing phrase for kids. It means, alas, summer is over; it’s time to get back to work. For moms, it means “Hooray, I survived the summer with the children…

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Detroit Jewish Chronicle story on Windsor Jews

Looking Back At The Detroit-Windsor Connection

From the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Many Michigan citizens have connections to Canada, including members of Metropolitan Detroit’s Jewish community. Thousands upon thousands of immigrants to Michigan over the past three centuries have come to the state after spending some years in Canada. For one example, as of the 2016…

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Looking Back At The Morrisons

From the JN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Writing history is often like a treasure hunt. You follow the clues wherever they may lie to try to build a complete story, and there are always unexpected discoveries. Now, I would like to think I am like Indiana Jones searching for lost artifacts…

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