Historic Detroit

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Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

Isaac Agree was an immigrant from Russia who arrived in Detroit in 1904. In his honor, two of Agrees sons, along with four other families created the Isaac Agree Memorial Society in 1921. Initially the congregation met in a private home in Detroit’s North End which was the city’s center of Jewish life. For several decades the synagogue moved among different venues, finally moving downtown in 1937.

In 1962, the congregation purchased the former Fintex clothing store on Griswold Street, a four-story triangular building with mid-century multicolor-block windows and a red entrance door.

The building is currently ondergoing a complete renovation. More on this building coming soon.