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Yom Kippur Marks Observance by Temple Jacob of Hancock

Yom Kippur is a time of reflection in the Jewish community, and at sundown tonight marks the beginning of the day long observance, resident David Holden expressed. The Temple Jacob in Hancock, Michigan is the second oldest active synagogue in the state. And the temple estimates that there are close to forty families across the four county area. Susan Burack is a member of the congregation and says the temple has stood in the city for over one hundred years and continues to be a center for the copper country Jewish community.

Stories are still being told amoungst members about the courageous immigrants who built the temple. After the copper industry fell into decline in 1913 and residents began to leave, so did the Jewish population. But Temple Jacob still stands today as a testament to the close knit jewish community.

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