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Temple Jacob

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1912, Charles W. Maass. 303 Front St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Temple Jacob, originally Orthodox, but by 1913 a Conservative congregation, serves a small Jewish population in this charming but eccentric building sited on a sloping site below the residential area and on the major highway (U.S. 41) into Hancock from the northeast. A low-pitched raking cornice and zipper brickwork adorn the entrance of the copper-domed building. Above the basement social hall/classroom is a sanctuary; the latter has a balcony, originally the women's gallery, now little used. There is a Georgian-style ark crowned by lions supporting the tablets of the law. Behind the balcony is a tripartite stained glass window whose pale hues are repeated in the memorial windows around the room. The central panel in each features depictions of the Torah, ram's horn, dove bearing the olive branch of peace, burning bush, hands in an attitude of blessing, eternal light, and menorah. Archie Verville was the builder. Jewish families contributed to the growth of the Copper Country region. Jews came as entrepreneurs, often beginning as peddlers, and eventually opened shops. More than one hundred Jewish families lived in the Copper Country in 1912 when Temple Jacob opened its doors.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Temple Jacob", [Hancock, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 479-479.

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