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The Shamas of the shul in the late 40's - early 50's
was a gentleman by the
name of Mr. Landgarten who lived on Highland - about 2500. He was the finest
people, inviting my brother and me into his Succah and spending time with
I'll never forget his many kindnesses.
- Joel S.
Thanks for this great website. The Beth Abraham congregation originally
met in my great-great-grandfather Mendel Kessler's house on Winder Street
in the early 1890s. I can locate the address for you, but I'm quite sure
the building was destroyed.
- Bruce F
this was the last Orthodox venue of the the 'galitzianer shul'.
I have a written history of Beth Abraham prepared for
the 100th anniversary celebration. As part of the yearlong events in 1992,
a tour of the synagogues of Beth Abraham was taken including a walk through
of the Linwood Shul and also the building
on Seven Mile and Greenlawn.
While at the Linwood shul, the Beth Abraham visitors participated, with
their hosts, in a service. The church gave the synagogue a gift of three
stained glass stars of David that had been removed during a recent remodeling
of the church. We were then guest of the church to a fully kosher reception
afterward. The stars were taken back to the Maple Road synagogue and a
few months later a visit by hundreds of members of the St Andrews AME
to unveil the newly installed "antique" stars of David. I have
photos and a video of the events.
I attended church (Sunday school) there in the late 60's....
I was about 7 or so and the neighborhood was very nice then...nice enough
for me and my brother to walk there by ourselves... I was Mary in the
I believe this was the last Orthodox venue of the 'galitzianer shul'.
I never attended this "shul,"
but was married in the sanctuary that replaced it at Seven Mile Rd. and
Roselawn (across Roselawn from U of D High). The congregation now resides
on Maple in West Bloomfield.
Beth Abraham moved from Linwood
to W. Seven Mile and Roselawn near U of D High School in the mid-50s.
At this time, the Jewish community was moving rapidly to the Livernois,
Wyoming, Curtis Rd., Seven Mile area. The Dexter-Davison Market moved
to Curtis-Wyoming, retaining its name.
I attended AZA meetings at the new
Beth Abraham, in 1957-59. AZA was the boy's youth group of B'Nai Brith.
It was part of BBYO, a youth group for Jewish kids. At the time, Mumford
High School was heavily Jewish.