Drive aims to attract Jews to Detroit

The Detroit Jewish community is launching a nationwide campaign to raise money to bring 25 young Jews to live in the city.

“Do It for Detroit” is hosting events through August held by Detroit residents and former residents, as well as supporters in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, to raise $100,000 to revitalize the city’s Jewish community. A program of the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, it will offer subsidies of $3,000 a year to live in the city, provided the recipient hosts at least one community event a month to help strengthen the Detroit-area Jewish community.

The effort is part of a larger campaign to attract young people back to Detroit, which was once was a major Jewish hub with 44 synagogues and a rich cultural life. Now only one synagogue remains in Detroit proper, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue. Most of the Jewish population moved to the northern suburbs.

A study conducted by the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit found that 72,000 Jews live in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties, making the area the 21st largest Jewish community in the United States. — jta