Re: Father's Hebrew name - temple Beth El - Detroit #general

Sally M. Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>

I'm not familiar with Detroit, but I know that when my Mother grew up (the
1910's) the reform temple in Buffalo had services on Sunday and said
nothing in Hebrew. She considered the more recent services at the
temple "Orthodox" (apologies to the real orthodox) because of this and the

So my guess would be that he didn't have a Hebrew name which was used in
the temple-perhaps his family had given him one however. Most synagogues
did not at that time keep a lot of records, so if they did have a Hebrew
name for him or a Bar Mitzvah, they probably wouldn't have a record of this
anyway. Your best bet for finding one would be to check with a synagogue
or Jewish nursing home or Jewish funeral parlor which might have records
from later life.
Even when I was born (1940's) children were not given Hebrew names-I think
that Bar/Bat Mitzvahs use them now, but I would guess that many are 'made
up' when the child is 12.

Sally Bruckheimer
Harrison, NY

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