Did You Know?

For more than 50 years, Michigan Jewish History has been documenting Michigan’s Jewish culture, history and accomplishments. Our Did You Know articles peek into some of those articles and tempt you to explore the subject further with a link to the original article. Enjoy!

Did you know that theaters, in the early 1900s, employed “candy butchers?”

May 19, 2016

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These uniformed salesmen, who wore white cotton jackets, would greet theater goers and sell them boxes of candy.  According to a 2004 Michigan Jewish History article entitled Burlesque Comes to Detroit, by author Gilberta Jacobs, candy butchers did quite well for themselves.  They were used at various venues, but in particular, at the Avenue Theater, […]


Did you know that Rabbi Leo M. Franklin began his rabbinical career in Omaha, Nebraska?

April 24, 2016

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In 1970, Michigan Jewish History ran an article celebrating the centinniel of the birth of Leo M. Franklin.  It was written by Philip R. Marcuse, a past president of Detroit’s Temple Beth El, now located in Bloomfield Hills.  Marcuse admittedly writes that he is no historian but instead an fervent admirer of the Rabbi who […]


Mark Twain was the father-in-law of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s famed conductor, Ossip Gabrilowitsch?

March 10, 2016

  Ossip Gabrilowitsch was born in Russia to Solomon and Rosa. They were not observant Jews, noted Clara Clemens, daughter of Mark Twain and the wife of Ossip Gabrilowitsch. The couple met in 1898 and were married in 1909. By then, Gabrilowitsch’s career as a pianist and conductor was under way. In 1929, after the […]

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Feb 2016: What does Y.F.L.S. stand for?

February 1, 2016

Y.F.L.S stands for Young Folks Literary Society? Long Live the Staunch Old Y.F.L.S.   Is the caption beneath a photo, found by archivist Miriam Kushner in 1989, of the Young Folks Literary Society, a young adult organization founded in the 1880s by a handful of young men (it appears that it was all men) to […]