Jewish Historical Society of Michigan shares and celebrates the experiences and contributions of the Jewish people, communities, and institutions of Michigan. We are uniquely able to present and bring to life the contributions and legacies of the Jews of Michigan by presenting educational programs, tours and events; and by producing quality publications and materials that preserve and celebrate the stories of Michigan’s settlers and citizens along with the legacies of today’s innovators and urban pioneers.
Looking for a great activity for your family reunion or tour group? JHSM’s award-winning Settlers to Citizens Bus Tours of Historic Jewish Michigan give life to Michigan’s rich Jewish history and showcase the accomplishments of Michigan’s Jewish citizens. Tailored to your group's interests and timetable, our tours offer visits to former synagogues and explorations of sites of historic interest, both old and new. Our tours are designed to entertain, educate and inform, and to allow participants to feel a sense of pride in our Jewish culture and heritage.
Private tours are a meaningful and popular way for families, organizations, sisterhoods and brotherhoods, reunion committees and other groups to gain a deeper connection to Detroit’s Jewish roots. Click below for information on booking a customized private tour of historic Jewish Detroit.
JHSM’s Speakers' Bureau travels around the state to present one of several multi‐media “virtual tours” of historic Jewish Michigan. Members of JHSM’s Speakers’ Bureau are seasoned JHSM docents who bring their own unique styles to their presentations. All presentations can be given either in person or virtually. Choose from:
We charge a modest stipend for our Speakers' Bureau presentations. For more information or to schedule,
JHSM maintains an active year-round calendar of activities that support the organization’s mission. JHSM presents and sponsors, often in collaboration with other organizations, author chats, lectures and events that relate to the preservation and celebration of Michigan’s Jewish heritage and history. Our events are crafted to be both educational and entertaining and appeal to a broad range of participants.
JHSM also extends its programming to areas outside of Detroit, including communities such as Traverse City, Flint, and Windsor, Ontario.
In 2010, JHSM launched a collaborative community-awareness event, J-Cycle, a bicycle tour of historic Jewish Detroit. Held each August, and always to a sold-out crowd, J-Cycle enables participants to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city while learning the area’s Jewish history.
Sharing our state’s proud Jewish history is central to the mission of Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. JHSM's Jewish History Curriculum reaches students of all ages. Our educators not only bring Jewish history to life, but also demonstrate how Jewish values have been and continue to be a vital part of our community. Customizable for communities outside of the Detroit area, our immersive classroom experiences build an understanding of Michigan’s Jewish history, and reinforce Jewish pride and identity through engaging stories of Michigan’s early Jewish settlers, along with the legacies of today’s Jewish innovators, philanthropists, leaders, and urban pioneers.
We are especially known for our Traveling Trunk program, which engages roughly 400 fifth- and six-graders each year. It begins with an immersive four-part series of classroom lessons that actively explore and engage students in the history of Detroit’s Jewish community. It concludes with a hands-on, experiential bus tour of historic Jewish Detroit, connecting Detroit’s Jewish past with its Jewish future.