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

The Schvitz

Oakland

Still
The Schvitz

The enduring bath house, the Schvitz, is purported to have been frequented by the legendary prohibition days Purple Gang.

 

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Shared Memories of The Schvitz

This a long Detroit Jewish tradition. Most frequented by jewish men, it has become a social gathering place for men and women. I here there have been some shenanigans going on their but I wouldn't know. I've never been anywhere that I've seen or participated in any coed nudity/sweating , drinking, and schmoozing there or any where else.

Joel

I was 8 years old when my dad took me to the schvitz. I was wonderful. We would shower downstairs and go into the schvits was. I had to spend 5 to 10 minutes there with my dad ubtil I could go to the large pill. The water was always very cold. My dad made me promise not to leave the steam bath and go to the pool only after showering. Then and only then, I could go in the frigid pool. After, probably 20 to 40 minuts of so my dad wiuld leave the steam room and shower and make me shower.

Then we would go upstairs and Toots the cook would put on a steak for the grill. The meat was so simple and so wonderful, Just my dad being with me and me being with him and our resatiomshop mever got any better that that! My dad was a gambler and bookmaker. Some didn't like that, But, for me, my dad was a business man who was always honorable and right. We went to the schvits once or twice each school season until I didn't want to be with him. I'd love to one more time to spend one mure evening with him. He was so wise, I was better educated. I could have learned so much more Leo Schugar.....my dad marshall Schugar....now of Naples Florida

NN

I have nothing historical about schvitz.. But sure does bring back memories (good) MY father my and my brothers and my husband and his father all have been there..(of course I was never there) I remember my father taking steaks and telling me ...cooking them on the grill I do remember the purple gang ( was about 8 years old) and lived on 12th St. 1/2 a block from the Cream of MichiganI knew some of them by name They used to hang around the restaurant called the Cream of Michigan (Which made the best Lemon meringue pie in Detroit (was famous for L.M.Pie) It was on 12th street (Now Rosa Park) also the other restaurant (on 12th St. also) was called Boeskies

They all had breakfast and snacks there And At Boeskies it was Corned Beef Sandwiches They, Almost all of them, would eat there meals at home Dinner ..If they didn't their mother would have killed them LOL(laugh out loud) There is more trivia but I do not know if you are interested?? My husband has some stories to tell, too. History (I think) the Purple gang kept the Mafia (Black Hand) from.

NN

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