PROLOGUE
1ST DETROIT SERVICE
SHULS
1ST HEBREW DELRAY
AARON ISRAEL [STOLINER]
ADAS YESHURN [TYLER]
ADAT SHALOM
AHAVATH ZION
AMARATH TEMPLE
AVAS ACHIM [DELMAR]
AVAS ACHIM 2
BETH AARON
BETH AARON V ISRAEL
BETH ABRAHAM
BETH ABRAHAM 2
B'NAI DAVID
BETH EL [BONSTELLE]
BETH EL
BETH EMMANUEL [TAYLOR]
BETH ITZCHOCK
BETH MOSES
BETH MOSES 2
BETH MOSES [OWEN]
B'NAI MOSHE
BETH SCHMUEL
BETH TICHVAH [PETOSKEY]
BETH YEHUDA
B'NAI ISRAEL
B'NAI ISRAEL 2
B'NAI JACOB
B'NAI JACOB
B'NAI ZION [HUMPHREY]
DOWNTOWN SYNAGOGUE
EL MOSHE
EZRAS ACHIM TUROVER
HERES ISRAEL
MISHKAN YISROEL
NUSACH HARI
SHAAREY SHOMAYIM [FENKELL]
SHAAREY TORAH
SHAAREY ZEDEK
SHAAREY ZION [PIGGLY WIGGLY]
TEMPLE ISRAEL
INSTITUTIONS
BETH DAVID CEMETERY
BETH EL ELMWOOD CEMETERY
BETH OLEM CEMETERY
BUTZEL BUILDING
FREE BURIAL ASSN
JCC MEYERS
JCC WOODWARD
JEWISH WELFARE FED
MANUEL URBACH
SHAAREY ZEDEK SCHOOL
SINAI HOSPITAL
THE SCHVITZ
TUSHIYAH UHS
UHS DELMAR
YESHIVA BETH YEHUDA & MOGEN AVROM

About the Author of the Site

I am Lowell Boileau and I am a fine art painter and Internet media artist. I use the website as a medium for artistic expression just as a painter uses paint and canvas. With the Lost Synagogues of Detroit, I am continuing in the vein of my most widely known works, The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit and SoulfulDetroit.com and from my background as an urban landscape painter.

During my wanderings in search of images for the Fabulous Ruins of Detroit website, I developed a fascination about the many former synagogues that I kept discovering along the way. Their clustering in the Dexter-Linwood-Davison area of Detroit, in particular, left indelible outlines of a once distinct neighborhood that typified Detroit in its days when it was composed of ethnic enclaves. Their ongoing existence as predominantly Afro-American Christian Churches and their continued functioning as pillars of new community further sparked my interest.

What was their story, I wondered. How interesting that these noble structures would come to shelter the faith of two communities who, in common, have long histories of persecution.

So, I decided to gather images of them in a website, show them to the world, and solicit their stories. My aesthetic goal is to develop an audience-created artwork by adding accumulated memories to their pictures. What you see here is ongoing result of that effort.

My upbringing as a son of a Protestant minister has doubtlessly triggered some of the fascination with these shul-churches. From an early exposure to the Old Testament/Torah, I developed a life long interest in Judaica. In 1971, while returning from two years in the Peace Corps in Swaziland, Africa, I stopped off in Israel and ended up staying for three months. I traveled widely throughout Israel and Palestine including a insightful six week stay as a volunteer at Kibbutz Nachsholim on the Mediterranean Sea. When I returned to Detroit, I determined to be an artist and that decision has led up to this effort.

Now, come, travel with me on this voyage of discovery and join with me in creating telling this story. If you have any memories, facts, or stories of these structures as synagogue or church, share them! On each page you will notice a link at the bottom to share your memories.

We welcome and invite you to share your memories of Detroit's former synagogues and Jewish sites.
Email your memories to us » and we will add them to the site.

Thank you, Lowell Boileau

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