81st Glazer Institute


Thursday, March 23    
7:00 PM

Event Type


7:00 PM

81st Annual Rabbi B. Benedict and Ada S. Glazer Institute on Judaism

Featuring Dr. Samuel D. Gruber

Sacred Space in a Virtual World

Exploring Albert Kahn’s magnificent Temple Beth El (1922) as a pathway to understanding how our Houses of Worship can serve the evolving needs of our communities.

Special this year, our event will be held at the previous Temple Beth El building …
Bethel Community Transformation Center, 8801 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI.

FREE OF CHARGE – Please CLICK HERE to register.

For more information, please contact Jennifer at 248.851.1100.

Dr. Gruber is perhaps America’s foremost authority on synagogue architecture, and a sought-after expert on religious and cultural heritage preservation. One hundred years ago, when Albert Kahn designed Temple Beth El, religious buildings in the Detroit area were responding to a world of growing industrialization, expanding travel realities, and fears about social order after WWI. Just like today, when people turn to their religious communities as a source of hope and determination, the structures we sit in offer an intentional framework that can both contribute to and limit the nature of our sacred relationships. This year’s Glazer Institute will include vibrant learning, as well as interactive conversation about evolving interfaith engagement in our city.

Our Glazer Institute is the longest-running Interfaith Institute in the country, celebrating Temple Beth El’s historic and growing commitment to interfaith relations.



7:00 PM


Sermon by Glazer Institute scholar, Dr. Sam Gruber

Join us at Temple for a beautiful Shabbat-in-the-Round service, held in the Sanctuary Foyer. He will treat us to a sermon about the incredible stained glass windows that adorn the Foyer and were originally created for our previous TBE building. Special Oneg will follow services.