Our History... how we have evolved over the years.

Genesis of Ann Arbor is a partnership of more than forty-five years between Temple Beth Emeth, a Reform Jewish congregation, and St. Clare's of Assisi Episcopal Church.

Beginning in 1974, the two congregations, through the nonprofit corporation Genesis of Ann Arbor, have jointly owned and managed the property at 2309 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI.


Temple Beth Emeth and St. Clare’s have recognized that although the world has always been torn by distrust and suspicion, waste, prejudice, and violence, we must learn to trust, conserve, believe, give and love if we are to survive as the children of God.

Together, the congregations support the Back Door Food Pantry, located on the property, which provides food to more than 100 local families each week. Our building is also home to Ann Arbor Children’s House Montessori and to Blue Ocean Faith. 


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​Telephone : ​734-665-8883

Email : genesis7890@icloud.com


© 2019 Genesis of Ann Arbor

Genesis of Ann Arbor is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation.


The Genesis Board of Directors, made up of congregants and clergy, is responsible for the management and maintenance of the building and grounds, on behalf of the two member congregations, Temple Beth Emeth and St. Clare's of Assisi Episcopal Church. They are supported by the Genesis staff.