|3371 East Lafayette|
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Lafayette Cemetery of Temple Beth El is located at 3371 East Lafayette, Detroit Michigan.
Located within Elmwood Cemetery
Lafayette Street, corner of MacDougal
MICHIGAN HISTORIC SITE
Michigan's Oldest Jewish Cemetery
Beth El, the first Jewish congregation in Michigan, was organized in Detroit on September 22, 1850, by 12 families. This half-acre cemetery, dedicated on January 1, 1851, was known then as "The Champlain Street Cemetery of Temple Beth El" because Lafayette was formerly called Champlain Street. The first interment was in fall of 1851 and in 1854 Samuel Marcus, the first rabbit of Beth El, was buried here. The cemetery, containing many graves of Jewish war veterans, was in active use until the 1950's.
The first Temple Beth El Cemetery is now part of Elmwood Cemetery.
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