October 08, 2015   25 Tishrei 5776
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 Jan Durecki, Archivist


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248-851-1100, ext. 3137

The Friends of the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives  

The Friends of the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives is a group of committed contributors and supporters dedicated to maintaining and preserving the rich, historic collections of manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual materials, architectural drawings and rare books found within the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives.

As a Friend of the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives, your contribution will help promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the Archives, support its operation and growth and increase access to the Archives through unique and interesting programming.

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  $36 Friend       $72 Family      $150 Corporation/Foundation       $250 Future Generation      $______  Other

Please make checks payable to and mail to:  The Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives, 7400 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

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To preserve your cherished memories contact:
Jan Durecki, Archivist
Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives
Temple Beth El, 248-851-1100, ext. 3137

The Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives  

Temple Beth El, Michigan's first Jewish Congregation, was founded in 1850 when twelve German immigrant families drew together in the home of Isaac and Sarah Cozens to form the Beth El Society.

Temple Beth El is home to one of the most comprehensive congregational archives in the nation and the largest such collection in Michigan. The archives is named in memory of Dr. Leo M. Franklin, Temple Beth El's beloved rabbi from 1899-1941 and one of the leading voices of the Reform Movement nationwide. The Archives was founded in 1981 using materials collected by Leo M. Franklin and Irving Katz, noted Jewish Historian and Temple Executive Secretary from 1939 until his death in 1979. It was maintained by congregants Miriam and Aid Kushner until 1997 when the first full-time professional Archivist was hired. The Archives continues to be strengthened by donations of materials and monetary contributions from individuals and foundations.

Rabbi Hertz  

Rabbi Hertz Eulogies

From 1953 to 1988, Rabbi Richard Hertz officiated at more than 1600 funeral services. It was the rabbi’s custom to write an outline of his remarks on an envelope that he slipped into his jacket pocket On the envelope, Rabbi Hertz wrote the name of the deceased and his/her family, their date of death, place of interment, and his personal insights into their life and character. Often the inside of the envelope contained additional information such as a cemetery record and a newspaper obituary. On a few occasions, the rabbi also saved typed copies and audio cassettes of his eulogies. These “eulogy envelopes,” outlines and cassettes are important historical and genealogical resources that can be located in the searchable pdf file that can be found by clicking on the link below. Once you have identified the name of the deceased, please visit, email or call the archive for further information. The archives can be reached at 248-865-0628 or
franklinarchives@tbeonline.org. This list was prepared by archives’ intern Robbie Terman and volunteer Suzie MacWilliams.

Searchable Rabbi Hertz Eulogy Files

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