The year was 1906

It was the hub, the center, the place to learn and play, the first Jewish communal building and forerunner of our Jewish Community Community Center today.

This was the Jewish Institute on Vernor Highway, first headquarters of United Jewish Charities and Hebrew Free Loan. Among its administrative offices, the building was home to a dungaree factory and a free clinic. It played host to the neighborhood, the throngs of New Americans who gathered there to learn English, to join gardening and debating clubs, to partake in social opportunities of all kinds.

 

The Jewish Institute, 1906. The heart and hub of the Jewish neighborhood on Vernor Highway.

The Jewish Institute, 1906. The heart and hub of the Jewish neighborhood on Vernor Highway.

 

Since its founding in 1926 . . .

The Jewish Community Center has been the hub of Jewish life in Metropolitan Detroit. Originally called the Jewish Center Association, created as a place for Jewish boys and girls to gather, learn and play, its first home was a modest facility on East Philadelphia in Detroit. The Center relocated several times to meet the growing Jewish community’s needs until it settled at its current facilities in Oak Park and West Bloomfield.

Dedicated in 1994. In a blink, 19 years have passed since the community built the playground at the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park.

Dedicated in 1994. In a blink, 19 years have passed since the community built the playground at the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park.

May 26, 2013,  Sunday in the Park at Oak Park

This is Jewish Detroit at work. Building. Planting seeds. Growing. Volunteers of all ages and skills were on the scene on a Sunday in May to construct a grand new playground, central to the Community Recreational Park at the Jimmy Prentis Morris Jewish Community Center in Oak Park.

Sunday in the Park, May 26, 2013: Mark Lit, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center, hangs with young volunteers on site during construction of the playground at the Community Recreation Center at the Oak Park JCC. (Volunteers right to left: Josie Marzorati, Tamir Runinkevich and Joey Winer)

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