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Jewish Historical Society of Michigan

Our Mission

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.


What We Do and Why We Do It

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.

Upcoming Events

Jewish Connections Tours of the DIA

August 23, 2022 - 11:00 AM


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Barbara Ettinger Goodman

Barbara Ettinger Goodman

After moving her PhD studies from engineering to mathematical psychology, her new advisor was skeptical that a young woman with two small children could meet the challenge.  But she did, earning her PhD in June 1970.  She would go on to have a pathbreaking career at the intersection of engineering and psychology, and serve as the first femal president of Congregation Beth Shalom 

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