Founded in 1959, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, a nonprofit educational organization, interprets and highlights the history of Jewish Michigan. Through the past, we understand our present and actively shape our future.
We capture and share the past with our communities, state, nation, and the world, producing academic-quality historical knowledge and offering meaningful and engaging programming. Now, more than ever, history's stories and lessons have much to teach. We offer innovative, docent-led lectures, tours, and classroom lessons. Our immersive and experiential events are designed to instill, astonish, inspire, and build pride. Our groundbreaking collaborations put us on the forefront of history as social activism. We publish Michigan Jewish History, our annual, peer-reviewed journal--our commitment to producing knowledge for students, scholars, and the general public. We also maintain the Jewish Yearbook Collection, the largest gathering of yearbooks from Detroit-area high schools. In all our undertakings, we affirm that Michigan's Jewish history is for everyone. With deep roots and a clear-eyed vision for growth, we are equipped to fulfill our mission. With your help, we can achieve our vision: illuminating the past for a brighter future.
JHSM. Our star is rising.
With a stylus, Lillian Keidan Levin made a raised dot or impression, the size of the head of a pin. Six dots in different, precise arrangements made a letter of the alphabet. Dot after dot, she patiently filled the page with the words of a book. At the end of the page, if there were two errors, just two dots out of place, she discarded the page for her grandchildren’s art projects.Learn More