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My mother Ella Sass Klarman was the secretary when Bnai Moshe was being built on Dexter. She met my father Morris Klarman at a Bnai Moshe young peoples dance. My brother Edward Klarman was the first Bar Mitzvah where Rabbi Lehman officiated in 1949. I was in the 1955 Consecration Class . Bnai Moshe has continued to be important in our lives.
When the congregation first began the meeting records were written in Hungarian. We lived on Lawrence Avenue.,
I attended Roosevelt elementary school, Durfee intermediate school and graduated from Central High School in 1956. 85% of our class went on to college, the highest on record. The Dexter / Linwood area was true walkable Jewish community
Anne Klarman Kelz
My grandfather Sam Jaulus and my son, Sigmund Jaulus, were officers and one of the first members of B’nai Moshe. I attended and was had my bar mitzvah there with Rabbi Lehrman presiding. Louis Klein was a cantor who was an amazing musician and brought great musicians to perform, like Dave Brobeck (David, as he was introduced).
The building on Dexter was wonderful as it had hidden pathways and doors....it was orthodox and changing. Rabbi Lehrman admonished the young women not to have non-Jewish girlfriends, as they might have brothers and we should not mix. It was a time that if you dated or married a non-Jew, you were considered deceased. Glad attitudes changed.
I went here from around 1937 till the early 40's and then again as a member
of Boy Scout Troop 23 (Nate Trager's troop). Most of the time the kids
would hang out in the basement while their parents and grand-parents would
be davening upstairs. However, there were times I had to sit next to my
Zaida who would always be showing me the current place we were reading
in the seder (I do that with my family today!) even though I could read
Hebrew since I was five.
My cousins lived on Lawrence
about a block from the shul so I hung out there most of the high holidays.
Fedora hats, new suits (at Rice & Ashe downtown) and other things
are still in my memories of the Dexter experience. I went to MacCollough,
Rosevelt and Winterhalter (yes, all three - we moved a lot during the
late depression years) then Durfee and Cass Tech, and attended Hebrew
School at MacCollough, Rose Tzadik Cohen (on Lawton when it was first
built in 37 or 38), the UHS on Tuxedo, and then the Yeshiva on Dexter
- Mitch R
In early 1950s, a group of
girls walked from the Sturtevant/Petosky area to B'nai Moshe for Saturday
services. They had the best Kiddush afterward us girls decided since Rock
& Rye pop was served!
This building was the second location
for B'nai Moshe. I believe the first was at Garfield and Beaubien where
the VA Hospital now stands. The congregation, which was founded by Hungarian
Jews in 1911, moved to the building you have shown in 1929. I believe
the school wing was added sometime later. The congregation at that time
was Orthodox, so women sat in the balcony upstairs. In 1960, facing an
exodus of its members to the suburbs, the congregation sold this building
and moved to a new facility at 14390 Ten Mile in Oak Park. Facing yet
another exodus, the congregation sold the Oak Park building in 1990 and
in 1992 moved into its current building at 6800 Drake Road in West Bloomfield.
United Hebrew Schools operated the
school bldg. next door and North of the synagogue. It was built in the
early-50s, and later was operating as a DPS. I am not sure what the school's
usage is today.
I attended Hebrew School here from
1951-54. They had an extensive after-school program Mon.-Thurs. with a
fleet of buses to deliver students from public schools to Hebrew school.
The buses took you home about 6 pm.