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Bloomfield Hills in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Congregation Beth El / Temple Beth El

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
1. Congregation Beth El / Temple Beth El Marker
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Congregation Beth El
In 1850 twelve German immigrant families founded Michigan’s oldest Jewish organization, the Beth El Society, at the Detroit home of Isaac and Sarah Cozens. Beth El was first led by Orthodox Rabbi Samuel Marcus. During the 1850s, as social and political turmoil gripped the nation, Judaism faced change. In 1856, Beth El members moved away from strict Orthodox doctrine by adopting new bylaws and embracing Reform Judaism. The changes permitted men and women to sit together during services and sing together in choirs. Rabbis taught services in English rather than in German. In 1873, Beth El helped charter the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, which brought together Reform synagogues across the nation.

Temple Beth El
Built in 1973, Temple Beth El is one of two synagogues designed by internationally acclaimed architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed New York City’s World Trade Center. Yamasaki designed the soaring temple to represent the meeting tents of the ancient Israelites. The two hundred panels, created by steel cables dissecting the concrete walls, symbolize
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the number of times per day Jews are to thank God. Organized in Detroit in 1850, the Beth El Society met in homes and storefronts before purchasing its first house of worship in 1861. Beth El member Albert Kahn designed two of the congregation’s former synagogues, built in Detroit in 1903 and 1922. Beth El erected this building in Bloomfield Hills to accommodate its members, many of whom had moved to the suburbs.
 
Erected 2001 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S673.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 42° 31.948′ N, 83° 17.236′ W. Marker is in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in Oakland County. Located on the back side of the temple in the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7400 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills MI 48301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Van Every Gristmill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Franklin Village (approx. 1.1 miles away); Kreger Farm Buildings (approx. 1.1 miles away); Franklin Village School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Robert E. Cornillie's Vision
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By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
3. Congregation Beth El / Temple Beth El Marker
Marker in parking lot on north side of Temple
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Franklin Community Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Franklin Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
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View of Temple Beth El from Telegraph Road. image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
4. View of Temple Beth El from Telegraph Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 29, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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