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CityDetroitStateMI

Historical NameTemple Beth El

Year Built1903
Building TypeSynagogue

Address3424 Woodward Ave.

Current NameBonstelle Theatre, Wayne State University

Name of Builder 1AlbertKahn

Name of Builder 2

Name of Builder 3

ListingNRHP, 8/3/82

Part of the Woodward Ave. Historic District

DescriptionDesigned in the Beaux Art Classical style with domed roof. The front and side walls are

covered in smooth limestone while the less visible walls are of common brick.

StyleBeaux Art Classical

BibliographyWarsen, Allan. (1980). "The Detroit Jewish Community from the Founding of Congregation

Beth El to the Founding of the Jewish Welfare Foundation of Detroit," Michigan Jewish

History; June, 1980, Vol. 20/2.



Rockaway, Robert A. (1986). The Jews of Detroit From the Beginning, 1762-1914. Wayne

State University Press: Detroit, 1986. [Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Congregation Beth El,

Temple Beth El]

SignificanceA marker in foyer of the building recalls building's history that this was the synagogue of

Michigan's oldest Jewish congregation, and one of the first American synagogues planned to

accommodate all facets of Jewish life; social, cultural, and religious.

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