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By Judith Levin Cantor

Since the earliest days of the British fur exchange, Jewish pioneers have made Michigan their domestic. Judith Levin Cantor's Jews in Michigan captures the struggles and triumphs of Michigan's Jews as they labored to set up farms, companies and synagogues, sparking advertisement and home improvement during the nation, or even into the some distance reaches of the higher Peninsula. Cantor celebrates either city and rural immigrants, who provided crucial items and companies to these in lumbering, mining, and vehicle production. She additionally offers truthfully with questions of anti-Semitism and prejudice. Cantor's e-book exhibits how, within the quest to construct robust groups, Jewish citizens additionally helped create the rules of the Michigan we all know today.

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Courtesy of the archives of Congre gation Shaarey Zedek, gift of Lois Lipnik. ” Detroiter Isadore Levin, a young Harvardgraduate attorney who had served as captain in the American fighting forces in France, was invited to the Versailles Peace Conference as legal advisor to the official Zionist delegation that represented the interests of a future homeland. Working with Chaim Weizmann, who became the first president of the new state of Israel in 1948, Levin’s assignment involved drafting the constitutional framework or fundamental charter, the mandate for a future government of Palestine.

The discovery of copper and iron deposits in the Upper Peninsula in the 1840s had ushered in an era of great prosperity, even though it lasted only until the mines were used up early in the twentieth century. 61 With the 1855 completion of the “Soo” Locks and Canal at Sault Ste. Marie shortcutting the arduous portages around the rapids, an even greater commercial future opened up for the whole north country—the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. S. ” But the Jewish immigrant, be he peddler or merchant or scrap dealer, saw the Copper Country as a new area of opportunity.

36 So while “White Pine was King” in Michigan and copper was fostering a prosperous economy in the Upper Peninsula, the Jewish peddler, often isolated from his fellow countrymen, located himself to bring needed goods to the families of the lumber and mining camps in almost every town and village throughout the state. Becoming American Women The spirit, vision, and determination of the Jewish woman helped her family fulfill its dreams of building a new life in Michigan while maintaining its Jewish heritage.

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