Settlers to Citizens: A Tour of Historic Northwest Detroit

Discover Jewish Life in the 1950s

Join JHSM's docents as we share stories of life in mid-Century America and tour beautiful Northwest Detroit, a center of Jewish life in the metropolitan Detroit area in the mid-20th Century.

By the 1950s, Northwest Detroit was on its way toward becoming the Jewish community’s center, part of the long pattern of migration from the city toward the suburbs. Jewish families began moving into existing residential areas in NW Detroit in the late 1930s, with the trend accelerating in the years after WWII. By 1960, Northwest Detroit had become the home to the majority of Detroit’s Jewish community, with ten synagogues, Jewish schools, the Jewish Community Center and Sinai Hospital as some of its main Jewish institutions. Sites that will be explored include Henry Ford and Mumford High Schools, the former Beth Hillel and Adat Shalom synagogues, 7 Mile & Livernois, Palmer Woods, Palmer Park, and the Birwood Wall. Enjoy a tour of and lunch at the Northwest Activities Center, formerly the Jewish Community Center at Meyers and Curtis.

Join us for a fascinating exploration, including a luncheon at the Nortwest Activities Center.


JHSM MEMBERS: $45 per person
GUESTS: $55 per person

Tour cost include all fees, tips, lunch (dairy) and snacks.


Bus departs from Congregation Shaarey Zedek (10 a.m. sharp)


27375 Bell Rd., Southfield

Southfield , MI 48034

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