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Links to Jewish Ann Arbor

Community Organizations

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
2939 Birch Hollow Drive, 48108
tel: 677-0100
David Shtulman, Executive Director

The Federation fosters Jewish communal life through the spirit of tzedakah (righteousness) and tikkun olam (social justice). The Federation's mandate is to initiate, to coordinate and to preserve activities, which strengthen Jewish life locally, in Israel and throughout the world.

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Ann Arbor
2939 Birch Hollow Drive, 48108
tel: 677-0100

The Foundation exists to ensure that the high quality of Jewish life will continue in Washtenaw County for our children and our grandchildren; that the Jewish agencies and institutions will enjoy continued growth; that the congregations can fulfill their dreams; and that commitment to Israel and Jews throughout the world will continue. Under the auspices of the Jewish Federation, the Foundation's partners build their own endowments under the umbrella of the Foundation.

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
2245 S. State Street, Suite 200, 48104
tel: 769-0209
Anya Abramzon, Director
Jewish Family Services (JFS) is a nonprofit social services agency serving the people of Washtenaw County for over thirteen years. JFS offers a variety of services to the local Jewish community with the support of the Jewish Federation.

Jewish Family Services Partners in Care Concierge
2245 S. State Street, Suite 200, 48104
tel: 769-0209
Sarah Okin
Someone in need of support should always have access to it. Partners in Care Concierge is an innovative program of medical appointment accompaniment that provides help and support for older adults and their loved ones in the complicated world of health care, before, during and after their appointments. Trained volunteer ‘Partners’ accompany your loved ones to medical appointments, support them during the appointment and provide a written report of what occurred following the interaction. Especially useful for individuals who need assistance looking after their elderly loved ones due to their professional schedule or distance.

Washtenaw Jewish News
2935 Birch Hollow Drive, 48108
tel: 734-971-1800
Susie Ayer, Publisher and Editor

The Washtenaw Jewish News is a free and independent newspaper published ten times per year. It features news of Jewish congregations and organizations in Washtenaw County, Michigan, news of the national and international Jewish communities, and about Israel. The paper highlights interesting people and events, lists lifecycle announcements, and includes a monthly calendar.

Jewish Historical Society
c/o Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
2939 Birch Hollow Drive, 48108
tel: 734-677-0100
Elise Weisback and Carol Finerman, chairs

Jewish Historical Society is a volunteer organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of documents, photographs and artifacts relevant to Jewish history in Washtenaw County. Its activities provide a link between the past and present to ensure that future generations will understand how the Jewish community of Washtenaw County was established and developed. Its collections are available to students, researchers and other people interested in the sociological, religious and cultural history of our community.

Congregations and Religious Life

Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan
tel: 994-5822
Rabbi Rod Glogower

The Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan is one of Ann Arbor's oldest Jewish organizations. Its roots go back to the mid-1960s, when several University of Michigan faculty families, feeling the lack of an Orthodox minyan in town, began weekly services, gathering in members' homes on a rotating basis. Today the AAOM meets in the University of Michigan Hillel building in conjunction with the Hillel student Orthodox minyan. Weekly services are held; check the website for service times. A variety of formal and informal learning opportunities are available during the school year. The Minyan sponsors other activities throughout the year, including the annual Shavuot picnic and other holiday celebrations, such as Shabbatonim featuring special guests.

Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation
2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
tel: 913-9705

The Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation is an inclusive, welcoming, and participative Jewish community affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement. We seek to foster meaningful Jewish experience by merging our respect for traditional Jewish practice and teachings with our contemporary interpretation and values. We invite all to join us in our varied schedule of religious services as well as educational and cultural events. We gather for a Kabbalat Shabbat service on the fourth Friday of every month, followed by an informal potluck dinner. We also meet for a Shabbat morning service, with Torah reading and discussion, on the second Saturday of each month.  Most services are led by our rabbi, Michal Woll, often with music and teachings provided by members and guests.  We have a Beit Sefer religious school that meets on Sunday mornings for children starting in Kindergarten and continuing through bar/bat mitzvah; it is open to members and non-members. We look forward to welcoming you at our next event.

Beth Israel Congregation
2000 Washtenaw Avenue, 48104
tel: 665-9897
Rabbi Robert Dobrusin
Assistant Rabbi Kim Blumenthal
Elliott Sorkin, Executive Director

Beth Israel strives to be a vital presence in the spiritual, social and educational lives of its members. Established in 1916, the congregation is a warm, welcoming community which fosters a connectedness to others and an important support system in time of need. Rabbi Robert Dobrusin, a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, has served the congregation with distinction for over 19 years. Beth Israel offers religious services that are egalitarian in nature, and participatory in practice. Adult education classes are offered throughout the year and adult bar mitzvah classes are sponsored by the Women's League of Conservative Judaism. Social and recreational activities are an important part of congregational life. Beth Israel is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Chabad of Ann Arbor
715 Hill Street, 48104
tel: 995-3276
Rabbi Aharon and Esther Goldstein

Chabad-Lubavitch is a Chassidic movement within Judaism that focuses on the individual's relationship to God and fosters a deep sense of devotion and responsibility toward one's fellow men and women. It is characterized by its emphasis on education and its commitment to lend help wherever it is needed. Chabad House and its Congregation Beth Chabad serve as a "home away from home" for Jewish students, as well as a synagogue and gathering place for families in the Washtenaw County area. Chabad reaches out to all Jews regardless of religious observance. Located on the University of Michigan campus, Chabad is dedicated to increasing the understanding and knowledge of Judaism and to actively serving and improving the community. Prayer services are offered year-round in conformance with traditional Jewish law and practice. Please see the website for service times.

Jewish Cultural Society
2935 Birch Hollow Drive, 48108
tel: 975-9872
Julie Gales, Madrikha (ordained leader)
Deborah Rubyan, School Principal

The Jewish Cultural Society is a secular humanistic organization, promoting Jewish ethics, values, history and culture from a human-focused perspective. It provides a community for those whose Jewish identification is primarily with culture, history and family. Founded in 1965, JCS stresses the cultural aspects of Jewish traditions. The community offers adult educational and social programs, holiday celebrations, life cycle events, social action opportunities, a Sunday school program and more. JCS is based at the Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County.

Pardes Hannah
tel: 644-7305
Elliott Ginsburg, Rabbi

Pardes Hannah, Ann Arbor's Jewish Renewal Community, focuses on prayer through chanting, kabbalistic meditation, movement, traditional davening, and engagement with Torah. Pardes Hannah offers Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services, as well as a variety of spiritual and educational study sessions and celebrations throughout the cycle of the Jewish year. Shabbat morning services are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 10am in the Beth Israel Congregation Activity Center, 2010 Washtenaw Avenue. Kabbalat Shabbat services and dessert onegs are held monthly in members' homes. Services are led by Rabbi Elliott Ginsburg, founder and spiritual leader of Pardes Hannah, and other skilled leaders in the group.

Temple Beth Emeth
2309 Packard Street, 48104
tel: 665-4744
Robert D. Levy, Rabbi
Ann Z. Rose, Cantor
Ronnie Simon, Executive Director
Terri Ginsburg, Director of Education
Rabbi Lisa Delson, Director of Congregational Services

Temple Beth Emeth is a Reform congregation committed to enhancing religious life in Ann Arbor through religous, spiritual, cultural, educational, social action and social programming. The congregation strives to create a sense of family for all its members. Each Shabbat, TBE offers three services, including a 5:30pm tot Shabbat service, a 6:30pm lively singing service, and a 7:30pm traditional service using the Reform prayer book. Dinner is served every Friday night from 6-7:15pm, allowing congregants to share a meal and attend their choice of services. TBE is home to Kol Halev, an adult choir and offers an exciting adult education program as well as many social action opportunities.


Hebrew Day School
2937 Birch Hollow Drive, 48108
tel: 971-4633
Dina Shtull, Head of School

The Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor is a private elementary school, with an academic curriculum that follows the state and national standards. It serves children from the entire spectrum of Jewish expressions. The school scores in the 97th percentile and above on standardized tests in language and math. HDS also offers a state-of-the-art computer lab, instruction in visual arts, physical education that stresses team work, a music program that includes instrumental training in the upper grades, a public speaking and performance curriculum, and an immersion second language program beginning in the first grade for both modern and Biblical Hebrew. A rich Jewish and American heritage is experienced through plays, musical productions and joyous holiday celebrations. Monthly themes relate to ethical behavior, civic responsibility, and tolerance, and are supported by community service projects. The teaching staff members differentiate to meet the needs of each and every student. The staff is enhanced with learning and behavioral specialists. The school atmosphere is warm, caring and family oriented.

Campus Organizations

Hillel at Eastern Michigan University
965 Washtenaw Avenue
Tel: 482-0456
Clara Silver, Executive Director

Hillel at Eastern Michigan University (Hillel at EMU) is a pluralistic Jewish organization serving the estimated 1,000 Jewish students at EMU. It is the only Jewish organization in Ypsilanti, and often the only Jewish connection for EMU students during their college years. Hillel at EMU began over ten years ago in a small campus office. Hillel at EMU now operates out of a beautifully renovated house on Washtenaw Avenue across from the EMU campus.

Hillel Foundation, University of Michigan
1429 Hill Street
Tel: 769-0500
Tilly Shames s, Executive Director

Hillel is the second largest student programming organization at the University of Michigan and serves as an umbrella organization for over 50 independent student groups. These groups represent a diverse spectrum of approaches to Jewish life that combines the religious (traditional and alternative), cultural, intellectual, political and social. At U-M Hillel students work hard and play hard. Groups are peer-led and students gain invaluable leadership skills from their experiences. Hillel is one of the best places to hang out on the U-M campus whether to catch a movie, enjoy a gourmet kosher meal (lunch and dinner served daily) or to use as a study base (the Hillel building has wireless internet access). There is also a wide array of information about jobs, scholarships, study abroad, visiting Israel, programs happening on campus and volunteer opportunities in the community. Short-term personal counseling is also available for students.

U-M Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
202 south Thayer Street
Tel: 763-9047
Deborah Dash Moore, Executive Director

Since 1970 Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan has thrived as an interdisciplinary endeavor drawing on the rich resources of a diverse faculty, educating undergraduate and graduate students, and engaging the community. The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies has become an international leader with faculty integrated in top-tier departments throughout the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus. The Center offers students opportunities for in depth study of modern Jewish literatures and cultures, Hebrew and Yiddish languages, Rabbinics, law, politics, and Jewish history from the ancient to modern eras. Students benefit from the academic excellence of faculty with strengths extending from the study of ancient Jewish law to the role of Yiddish in the modern world.

See the Washtenaw Jewish News' annual edition of Jewish Life in Washtenaw County for the complete listing of all things Jewish in Ann Arbor.