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