About Us


Founded in 1959, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan is committed to preserving and sharing Michigan's remarkable Jewish history, to inspire history enthusiasts of all ages.  Our customizable, award-winning bus tours bring the past to tantalizing life.  Our Jewish History Curriculum engages tweens and teens in the study of their forebears, drawing out both the uniqueness of the past and its important continuities with the present.  Our Speakers' Bureau presentations, given by our extraordinary league of volunteers, bring "armchair tours" of historic Jewish Detroit, Michigan's cemeteries and synagogues, and Michigan Women Who Made a Difference to groups throughout the state.  Our publications, including Michigan Jewish History and the MJH Bulletin, document our history for this generation and those to come.  Our innovative programming and exciting collaborations, like "The Henry Ford... THROUGH A JEWISH LENS," bring the past and present into fascinating dialogue.  In all that we do, we affirm that Michigan's Jewish history is for everyone. 


  • Risha B. Ring, President
  • Neil Gorosh, Immediate Past President
  • Barbara Cohn, Vice President
  • Ron Sollish, Vice President
  • Ralph Woronoff, Treasurer
  • Larry Gunsberg, Secretary

Board of Directors

  • Deede Auster
  • Jacqueline "Jacqui" Elkus
  • Bruce Fisher
  • Ruthe Goldstein
  • Margery J. Jablin
  • Ed Malkin
  • Hon. Susan Moiseev
  • Sheri Schiff
  • Martin Shichtman, PhD
  • Stacey Simmons
  • Jeannie Weiner


JHSM Past Presidents

  • 1959 – 1961 Allen E. Warsen*
  • 1961 – 1963 Irving I. Katz*
  • 1963 – 1964 Emanuel Applebaum
  • 1964 – 1973 Dr. Irving I. Edgar*
  • 1973 – 1975 Dr. A.S. Rogoff*
  • 1975 – 1977 Dr. Henry Green*
  • 1977 – 1979 Doris Easton*
  • 1979 – 1981 Jeffrey N. Borin
  • 1981 – 1983 Phillip Applebaum
  • 1983 – 1984 Bette A. Roth Young
  • 1984 – 1987 Stanley N. Meretsky
  • 1986 – 1988 Evelyn Noveck*
  • 1988 – 1990 Adele W. Staller*
  • 1990 – 1993 Gilbert Borman
  • 1993 – 1997 Judith Levin Cantor
  • 1997 – 2001 James D. Grey
  • 2001 – 2002 Joan R. Braun*
  • 2002 – 2005 Robert D. Kaplow
  • 2005 – 2009 Ellen S. Cole
  • 2008 – 2012 Arnold S. Collens
  • 2012 – 2014 Gerald S. Cook
  • 2014 – 2016 Michael W. Maddin
  • 2016 – 2018 Neil Gorosh

* of Blessed Memory

JHSM Advisory Board

  • Laurie Blume
  • Cathy Deutchman
  • Charles "Chuck" Domstein
  • Charlotte Dubin
  • Carol Ellstein, PhD
  • Ben Falik
  • Peg Finkelstein
  • Dennis Frank
  • Jules Goldman
  • Elayne Gross
  • Prof. Karla Goldman
  • Dr. Paul Goodman
  • Michael Kasky
  • Judy Lansky
  • Myrle Leland
  • Hannan Lis
  • Prof. Howard Lupovitch
  • Marc D. Manson
  • Rabbi Mark Miller
  • Allan Nachman
  • Gabe Neistein
  • Edie L. Resnick
  • Harriet Siden
  • Sidney "Sid" Simon
  • Janice Sobel
  • Pam Sofferin
  • Robbie Terman
  • Myron Tink
  • Carol Weisfeld, PhD
  • Laura Williams
  • Rabbi Herbert Yoskowitz
  • Mary Lou Zieve

Meet The Team

Risha B. Ring

Risha B. Ring


Catherine Cangany, PhD

Catherine Cangany, PhD

Executive Director

Tracy Weissman, JD

Tracy Weissman, JD

Education Director and Managing Editor

Judy Sofferin

Judy Sofferin

Office Manager


Get In Touch



Office Hours

Monday - Friday
10am - 3pm


Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
6600 W. Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Located across from the Executive Offices on the lower level of the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield.

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Become a JHSM Volunteer

We invite you to join JHSM on our journey as we grow and continue to explore new avenues and pathways. We need volunteers who like to work with people and who want to join our tour program as docents or navigators. We need volunteers who are skilled writers and editors who want to work with us on our fantastic journal, Michigan Jewish History.

Become a JHSM Volunteer

Leonard N. Simons History Award

This award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to Jewish Historical Society’s mission and to the larger Michigan community. This award honors Mr. Simons’ desire to ensure that the Jewish community of Detroit would retain a sense of pride in knowing who they are and where they came from.

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Support the Michigan Women Who Made a Difference Project

Jewish Historical Society of Michigan's Michigan Women Who Made a Difference project seeks to revive, discover and share the names of our community foremothers. Your gift to the MWWMD Fund will help us further our research and documentation.


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