Posts Tagged ‘Archives’

Detroit Jewish News March 27, 1942 issue featuring Boyer’s Haunted Shacks advertisements for radios.

Radio History – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

There was a very interesting advertisement in the March 27, 1942, issue of the JN — the paper’s very first issue. The ad was about the great selection of portable radios offered by “Boyer’s Haunted Shacks.” First, the technology of the day is interesting. According to Zenith Electronics company history, a historic maker of radios…

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Joyce Keller in the Detroit Jewish News October 2, 2008 issue

Joyce Keller – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

Like many folks in Metro Detroit, I have family members with developmental disabilities, including a nephew with autism and a goddaughter with Down syndrome. So, it always makes me feel good to read about those individuals who devote their lives and energies to helping children who face challenges in their lives. An essay by Robert…

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March 4, 1949 issue of the Detroit Jewish News featuring Eliahu Elath Epstein.

Eliahu Elath Epstein – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

On June 4, 2018, Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, made a presentation at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. In the June 14 issue of the JN, Contributing Writer Stacy Gittleman reported on Dermer’s speech, noting that this event was the first time in 20 years that a sitting Israeli ambassador had…

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Detroit Jewish News July 4, 2003 edition with Rabbi Sherwin Wine on the cover.

Rabbi Sherwin Wine – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

The front page of the July 4, 2003, issue of the JN featured only one big image, that of Rabbi Sherwin Wine. And I was intrigued, especially because once I dove inside that issue, I found a lengthy five-page story on the founder of Humanistic Judaism. I knew that Wine founded a branch of Judaism…

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Jewish Archives – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

Last week, I spent a bit of time with two of my favorite archivists: Sharon Alterman and Robbie Terman. It is always a real pleasure to visit with them, whether for professional reasons or just to chat. This was the catalyst for today’s column about Jewish archives and archivists, the keepers of Detroit’s Jewish history.…

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The University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. UMich. U of M. UM

A New Permanent Home

JN digital archive to reside at U-M in perpetuity. A copy of the digital archive containing the entire contents of the Detroit Jewish News and its predecessor publication, comprising more than 330,000 pages and spanning over 100 years, will be housed in perpetuity at the University of Michigan and be available to the public free…

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Detroit Jewish News May 21, 1948. After Israel's Independence

Israel’s Independence – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

There is really only one topic for my column this week, isn’t there? I would be remiss if I did not look back into the William Davidson Archives to see just what was happening in Detroit after David Ben-Gurion read the Declaration of Israel’s Independence on May 14, 1948, thereby establishing the modern state of…

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Detroit Jewish Chronicle from May 3, 1935

May 3, 1935 – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

As I read the current news from America and the world — as well as from Israel as it approaches its secular 70th anniversary as a state on May 14, 1948 — I am struck by some similarities to certain issues from the past century. This notion was reinforced as I was cruising the Davidson…

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The Long Road by Allan Drummond shows the Reys fleeing the city in 1940.

The Great Escape

The true story of how Curious George survived the Nazis is told through an illustrated exhibit at the HMC. Curious George loved to go on adventures. But it was thanks to a real-life “adventure” that readers have been able to enjoy the irrepressible little monkey for more than 75 years. German-born Jews Margret and H.A.…

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Susie Citrin – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

For the past year, my look back 75 years into the pages of the JN often meant writing about some heavy subject such as war, Nazis and Jewish refugees from Europe. As I return to combing the pages of the William Davidson Digital Archives, I have been looking for stories of Detroit’s Jewish community that…

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