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October 13, 2013

12 noon - 4:30 p.m.
Bus Departs at 12 noon
from Temple Beth El,
7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills

$28 per person
JHSM/TBE members

$36 per person

A Tour of Detroit's
Two Oldest Jewish Cemeteries

Join JHSM and the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives of Temple Beth El as we spend a fall afternoon exploring the beautiful and historic Beth Olem Cemetery and Temple Beth E's Lafayette Cemetery, adjacent to the lovely Elmwood Cemetery. Archivist Jan Durecki and historian Marc Manson will provide the histories and biographies of some of those interred at these cemeteries. In addition, we'll explore by bus some of the areas where the Jewish population resided when these two cemeteries were in active use.

This is a rare opportunity to see Beth Olem Cemetery, located on the grounds of GM's Poletown Plant and open to the public only twice each year. In conjunction with our tour of the Lafayette Cemetery, originally called the Champlain Street Cemetery, we will visit Elmwood Cemetery, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. This non-denominational cemetery, with its rolling hills and winding stream, was designed as a place of inspiration for the community and is the ?nal resting place of some of Detroit's most historic leaders. The Elmwood Cemetery is also the site of the historic 1763 Bloody Run battle and is the only place where Detroit's original topography remains intact.


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May 28, 2015

The Historic Gem Theatre Madison Ave., Detroit

Patron Donor Private
Reception 5:00 PM

Cocktails & Strolling
Dinner 5:30 PM

56th Annual Meeting
& Program 6:45 PM

Presentation of the 2015 JHSM Volunteers of the Year award to Elizabeth, Leslie and Andrea Kannon

Presentation of the Leonard N. Simons History Award to Senator Carl Levin

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56th Annual Meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan & Presentation of the Leonard N. Simons History Award to Carl Levin

Featuring L’Dor v’Dor: Carl and Sander Levin Reflect on Family, Detroit and History

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Leonard N. Simons History Award

Throughout his 45-year career of distinguished service, Senator Carl Levin has played a prominent role in telling Michigan’s Jewish story. Carl Levin has long been a friend of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, a connection which dates back to October 1977, when – as president of Detroit’s City Council – he helped JHSM dedicate a historical marker at the site of Michigan’s first Jewish religious services.

2015 JHSM Volunteers of the Year

In 2011, JHSM partnered with three other community organizations to plan and present J-Cycle: A Bicycle Tour of Historic Jewish Detroit. One of those institutions, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, sent two board members to the planning meeting: Leslie and Elizabeth Kannon.

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Patron Levels beginning at $250
Tickets $45 per person

Tribute Information

Honor the work of Sen. Levin, the Kannon Family and the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan by making a Tribute donation to the Annual Meeting. All Tributes will be listed in the Annual Meeting Program.

Annual Meeting Tribute Donation Form

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May 28, 2015
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Gem Theatre
333 Madison Ave., Detroit , 48226
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Jewish Historical Society of Michigan