Timeline

1895 – Hebrew Free Loan is started by ten men to provide interest free loans to new immigrants.

1899 – The United Jewish Charities is formed by Rabbi Leo M. Franklin to consolidate fundraising efforts within the Jewish community.

1902 – Women of the Beth El Relief Society begin taking immigrant children to Belle Isle for fresh air. In 1904, they establish the Fresh Air Society (now commonly known as Tamarack Camps).

1903 – The Jewish Institute (originally the Hannah Schloss center) is opened to provide acculturation services for new immigrants, serving a Jewish population of approximately 10,000 people.

1907 – Hevra Kaddisha Burial Society formally incorporates to become the Anshe Chesed Shel Emeth.

1907 – Jacob Levin, an Orthodox Russian Jew, directed the effort to establish the Jewish Old Folks Home.

1914 – The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is founded for the relief of Jews overseas.

1914 – Rabbi Judah Leib Levin begins an after-school Hebrew study program. Full day curriculum began in 1923 and in 1925, it is renamed Yeshiva Beth Yehudah

1920 – The Division Street Talmud Torah and Wilkins Street Talmud Torah combine to form United Hebrew Schools.

1921 – The World ORT Union is established. ORT originated in 1880 in Russia, where trade and agriculture schools were developed to help lift Jews from abject poverty.

1926 – University of Michigan Hillel established.

1926 – Jewish Welfare Federation is founded under the leadership of Fred Butzel.

1927 – The Detroit chapter of BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization) is formed. The organization was founded in 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska.

1929 –The Jewish Agency for Israel, instrumental in founding and building the State of Israel, was established and continues to serve as the main link between the Jewish State and Jewish communities everywhere.

1936 – The Jewish Old Folks Home changes its name to Jewish Home for the Aged.

1937 – The Jewish Community Council is established to respond to the dangers of anti-Semitism and the growing threat of Nazism to European Jewry.

1938 – A group of young adults meet to organize the “Junior Section” of the Detroit Service Group. In 1953, it was formally incorporated into the Jewish Welfare Federation and renamed Junior Division (continues today as NextGen Detroit).

1939 – Hillel begins holding meetings on the campus of Michigan State University, becoming a permanent part of campus in 1947.

1941 – Jewish Vocational Service founded (originally began as an employment agency for women in 1926).

1944 – Jewish Social Service Bureau formed, the pre-cursor to Jewish Family Services.

1945 – The Hillel Foundation of Wayne State University (now called Hillel of Metro Detroit) is founded and today serves the students of Lawrence Tech, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan Dearborn, and Wayne State University.

1948 – State of Israel declared. 22,000 people celebrate at the Central High School sports field.

1951 – Camp Tamarack opens.

1952 – Fred M. Butzel Memorial Building dedicated at 163 Madison in Detroit. The building is used to house Federation and number of their agencies.

1953 – Sinai Hospital opens its doors. In 1999, the hospital is sold and the Jewish Fund established with the proceeds.

1957 – Hillel Day School opens to grades one through eight.

1964 – Akiva Hebrew Day School (now Farber Hebrew Day School) opens to students kindergarten through sixth grade.

1976 – The Jewish Community Center (JCC) opens in West Bloomfield.

1985 – Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit is established, offering Talmud instruction for Jewish students.

1987 – Yeshivas Darchei Torah established as an Orthodox Jewish day school.

1989 – Operation Exodus brings hundreds of Soviet Jews to Michigan, aided by the Resettlement Service.

1991 – The Jewish Welfare Federation becomes the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, and operations move to Bloomfield Hills.

1991 – The Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives is founded.

1993 – Michigan Miracle Mission I brings 1,300 participants to Israel.

1998 – A group of Jewish philanthropists create Birthright Israel, a fund to support first time travel to Israel for Jewish young adults.

2000 – The Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit (now Frankel Jewish Academy) opens its doors as a Jewish day high-school.

2007 – The Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan begins serving Jewish students at Alma College, Albion College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University and Western Michigan University.

2009 – Jewish Apartments & Services and Jewish Home and Aging Services merge to become Jewish Senior Life.

2016 –NEXTGen Detroit Pride is launched to serve Jewish Detroit’s young LGBTQA community.

Upcoming Events

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Jun
20

Israel@70 At GM River Days

Israel@70 At GM River Days Wednesday, June 20th, From 4 PM To 10 PM A Community-wide Celebration Of This Historic Birthday Join the party at a special GM River Days preview event on the Detroit riverfront!

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Jun
24

NEXTGen Detroit Volunteers at Kadima’s Annual Gardening Day

Sunday, June 24, 2018 (Rain or shine!) | 9 AM – 1 PM Kadima 15999 West Twelve Mile Road, Southfield Registration and continental breakfast starting at 9 AM. For more info contact Jaime Bean at bean@jfmd.org. Make sure to wear clothing that can get dirty! All gardening supplies will be provided. Register

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Jun
28

Maimonides Society Happy Hour

Join us for a happy hour at Bistro Joe’s! Schmooze and connect with fellow physicians and hear about opportunities to get involved with Federation’s Maimonides Society.     Thursday, June 28th | 6-8 PM Bistro Joe’s 34244 Woodward Ave. Birmingham, MI 48009 Cost $18 per person | Appetizers and drinks Maimonides Society Co-Chairs Danny Aronovitz […]

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Jun
28

Sip Of Summer Event

NEXTGen Detroit’s Community Fundraiser Thursday, June 28, 2018 7 PM – 11 PM The Scarab Club, Detroit 21+ only. Dietary laws observed. Summer chic attire suggested.

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