Welcome to
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.

Elaine Sturman

Elaine Sturman

When Elaine Rosen Sturman decided not to pursue her dream of being an actor, she did not know how far and wide her passions would spread throughout the Detroit Jewish community.

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