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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.
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
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
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.