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Gerda Seligson carries the Torah scrolls

Beth Israel's First Century

A congregation's progress traces the city's Jewish history.

From the June, 2016 issue

Like many other nineteenth-century immigrants, the first Jewish Ann Arborites came from southern Germany. According to the Encyclopaedia Judaica, "The five Weil brothers and their parents arrived in 1845; they conducted Sabbath and holiday services in their home" (one brother, Jacob, had been a rabbi in Germany). They built a large tannery, and Jacob Weil

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