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Palestine

Thousands of Jews from Poland, Germany, and Rumania found refuge in Palestine in the 1930s, but hundreds of thousands more were homeless. Michigan Jews, especially in Detroit, were active on behalf of building a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

Image of Romance of a People, Detroit Performance Image of Romance of a People - title page for Detroit performance, 1934
Romance of a People, Detroit Performance
Courtesy Benno Levi
Romance of a People - title page for Detroit performance, 1934
Courtesy Benno Levi
Image of Musical Background to Romance of a People This pageant presenting the ideals and the history of the Jewish people was created to raise funds to send to Jews in Palestine. It was first shown at the 1933 Century of Progress exposition in Chicago and later in Detroit and New York in 1934.
Musical Background to Romance of a People
Courtesy Benno Levi
 
Image of Chrysler Corporation welcomes Zionists The Chrysler Corporation welcomed the World Zionist Convention to Detroit in 1938.
Chrysler Corporation welcomes Zionists  
Image of Homeland Check Like many Michigan Jews, Morris Teitel supported the defense of the Jewish homeland with personal funds.
Homeland Check  
Image of Allied Jewish Campaign, 1937

During the past four years [since 1933], 164,267 Jews from many lands of oppression including Poland, Germany and Rumania, found refuge in Palestine.

The Palestinian challenge is a test for the Jews of the world . . . We call upon you to meet this test honorably.

Allied Jewish Campaign, 1937