Hebrew Free Loan
Hebrew Free Loan is started by ten men to provide interest free loans to new immigrants.
The United Jewish Charities
The United Jewish Charities is formed by Rabbi Leo M. Franklin to consolidate fundraising efforts within the Jewish community.
The Fresh Air Society
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).
The Jewish Institute
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.
Anshe Chesed Shel Emeth
Hevra Kaddisha Burial Society formally incorporates to become the Anshe Chesed Shel Emeth.
Jewish Old Folks Home
Jacob Levin, an Orthodox Russian Jew, directed the effort to establish the Jewish Old Folks Home.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is founded for the relief of Jews overseas.
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah
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.
United Hebrew Schools
The Division Street Talmud Torah and Wilkins Street Talmud Torah combine to form United Hebrew Schools.
The World ORT Union
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.
University of Michigan Hillel
University of Michigan Hillel established.
Jewish Welfare Federation
Jewish Welfare Federation is founded under the leadership of Fred Butzel.
The Detroit chapter of BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization) is formed. The organization was founded in 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Jewish Welfare Federation
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.
Jewish Home for the Aged
The Jewish Old Folks Home changes its name to Jewish Home for the Aged.
The Jewish Community Council
The Jewish Community Council is established to respond to the dangers of anti-Semitism and the growing threat of Nazism to European Jewry.
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).
Michigan State University Hillel
Hillel begins holding meetings on the campus of Michigan State University, becoming a permanent part of campus in 1947.
Jewish Vocational Service
Jewish Vocational Service founded (originally began as an employment agency for women in 1926).
Jewish Social Service Bureau
Jewish Social Service Bureau formed, the pre-cursor to Jewish Family Services.
Hillel of Metro Detroit
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
United Jewish Appeal Study Mission
Joseph Holtzman and Louis Berry embark on a month-long United Jewish Appeal Study Mission to Eastern Europe and Palestine. They return with a passion that ignites the Detroit Jewish community and leads to a record-breaking campaign to aid UJA’s $250 million goal.
May 14, 1948
State of Israel Declared
State of Israel declared. 22,000 people celebrate at the Central High School sports field.
Camp Tamarack Opens
Fred M. Butzel Memorial Building
Fred M. Butzel Memorial Building dedicated at 163 Madison in Detroit. The building is used to house Federation and number of their agencies.
Sinai Hospital opens its doors. In 1999, the hospital is sold and the Jewish Fund established with the proceeds.
Hillel Day School
Hillel Day School opens to grades one through eight.
Farber Hebrew Day School
Akiva Hebrew Day School (now Farber Hebrew Day School) opens to students kindergarten through sixth grade.
Six Day War
Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War electrifies Michigan Jewry, who raise a record-breaking sum for the Israel Emergency Fund. David Ben-Gurion visits Detroit.
The Jewish Community Center
The Jewish Community Center (JCC) opens in West Bloomfield.
Holocaust Memorial Center
The Holocaust Memorial Center opens on the JCC Campus in West Bloomfield. In 2004, it moves to a new location in Farmington Hills.
Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit
Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit is established, offering Talmud instruction for Jewish students.
Yeshivas Darchei Torah
Yeshivas Darchei Torah established as an Orthodox Jewish day school.
Operation Exodus brings hundreds of Soviet Jews to Michigan, aided by the Resettlement Service.
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
The Jewish Welfare Federation becomes the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, and operations move to Bloomfield Hills.
The Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives is founded.
Over 36 historic hours, Operation Solomon brings more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
Michigan Miracle Mission
Michigan Miracle Mission I brings 1,300 participants to Israel.
Partnership 2000 (today called Partnership2Gether) launched, partnering Michigan with the Central-Galilee region to address needs in Israel.
A group of Jewish philanthropists create Birthright Israel, a fund to support first time travel to Israel for Jewish young adults.
2000 - Today
Frankel Jewish Academy
The Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit (now Frankel Jewish Academy) opens its doors as a Jewish day high-school.
The Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan
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.
Jewish Senior Life
Jewish Apartments & Services and Jewish Home and Aging Services merge to become Jewish Senior Life.
NEXTGen Detroit Pride
NEXTGen Detroit Pride is launched to serve Jewish Detroit’s young LGBTQA community.
Israel @ 70
The Jewish community celebrates the 70th anniversary of Israel’s statehood with a fair on Detroit’s Riverfront.