March 04, 2015   13 Adar 5775
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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.

Membership Levels:
  $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

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.

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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 This list was prepared by archives’ intern Robbie Terman and volunteer Suzie MacWilliams.

Searchable Rabbi Hertz Eulogy Files

Services From The Archives  

A Service of the
Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives

Have you ever wondered what to do with your boxes and bags of family documents, photographs and home movies, and other memorabilia? What should be saved and what can be disposed of? Have you ever given away a possession only to later learn of its historic value? The Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives is pleased to announce a new service to help you answer these important questions. Our new Archivist on Call Service will bring Temple Beth El’s trained professional archivist to your home to organize, preserve and catalogue your prized possessions. The archivist will work side-by-side with you to identify the items that have current and future historic value.

You may select from many options that begin with the basic cataloging of your family’s documents and photographs to the creation of DVDs that include scanned and captioned images, videotaped oral histories and digitized home movies. Each project is as unique as the family’s history that it captures. Our Archivist On Call Service provides you with a means to assemble your family’s history in an orderly and concise package that will let generations yet-to-be-born who you were and how you lived your life. By doing so, you give them firsthand information that will strengthen their connections to the family and to the past – the most valuable legacy that you could have ever bequeathed them.

As part of the Archivist On Call Service, the archivist will:

3 Discuss the scope of your project during a free,
     one hour in-home consultation

3 Mail a check list of documents, photographs and 
    artifacts for you to collect and have available
    during the consultation

3 Submit a detailed project report of the services to
     be rendered, and an estimate of time and costs

3 If desired, arrange for video taped oral history sessions

3 If desired, co-ordinate the production of
     DVD containing scanned images of your family’s
     documents and photographs

To arrange your free, one hour in-home consultation contact:
Jan Durecki, Director, Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives, Temple Beth El
248-865-0628 or

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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

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