- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A West Bloomfield-based synagogue has received a $10 million endowment from a Birmingham couple.

The money donated by Temple Israel members Sarah and Harold Gottlieb will establish The Stephen Gottlieb z”l Cantorial Chair, in memory of their son who died in 2006. The endowment also will support the music program at the temple and fund an annual concert called the Stephen Gottlieb Tribute Concert.

Harold Gottlieb says he hopes the event will be a catalyst for increased music education and commitment to Judaism and Jewish music in southeast Michigan.

His son, Stephen Gottlieb, was a music lover who taught himself how to play the piano, guitar, flute, drums and banjo. He also taught others how to play music.

The annual concert will be held July 19 at Temple Israel.

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