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grandparents were founding members of this Synagogue. This congregation
moved to the Curtis-Wyoming area and my brother had his Bar Mitzva there.
It then moved to 10mi. & Greenfield where it merged and is called B'nai
Israel Beth Yehudah. My Uncle was the president of the synagogue for more
than 40 years.
went to a day school there took both english and hebreww classes
remember taking my lunch and getting chocolate milk at lunch and for snacks.
I remmember taking a dsr bus from 14th and davison the davison bus to
dexter then taking the dexter bus to y b y. It those days we were safe
to travel.. I was plagued by severe migrane headaches and had to return
to longfellow elementary in the 5th grade was it tough to be a religious
jew at longfellow. The years that i went to y b y was 1944, 1945, 1946
2-4th and part of the 5th grade , due to my migraine headaches, it was
recommended that i just go to longfellow and get a private tutor to train
me for my bar mitzvah, my bar mitzvah was at a school which was a store
front on linwood about 3 blocks south of the avalon theatre. My bar mitzvah
teacher used to come to my house 3 time a week for a half hour for 5.00
a week, and i missed plenty classes as i was a paper boy for the detroit
moved to santa barbara and pickford in 1950 after my bar mitzvah, i remember
having the first outside catered bar mitvah at a kosher caterer on dexter
where they had weddings, i had no friends at my bar mitzvah, only relatives
and friends of my parents.
we joined adas shalom and i remember rabbi seigel, and remember that
i used to volenteer as a usher from 15 years old to 19 years old when
i left detroit to attend chiropractic college in davenport iowa and that
is my detroit religous experience.
"My parents were married in this synagogue in 1937.
My mother thinks the name of the congregation was Temple Beth Yehuda.
She is not sure, so she is looking for a copy of the wedding invitation
to check on the name. She says it was an orthodox congregation, that also
contained a Mikvah (ritual bath)." Later he adds, "I just received
a phone call from my mother saying she had found her wedding invitation
which states the name of the synagogue as Congregation Beth Yehuda, Pingree
at Woodrow Wilson."
This was the site of Beth Yehuda from 1932 - 1944.