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“Take me out to the ballgame…” Spend a day at Comerica Park with fellow Jewish Historical Society of Michigan fans and friends. Your ticket purchase includes a donation to JHSM and to Tamarack Camps, two of Michigan’s Jewish institutions dedicated to Jewish education and to strengthening Jewish identity. Click on the image and you will be connected […]
Autobiography tells the story of a life.Memoir tells a story from that life. Our personal stories are important. History is, after all, about people, how they lived and what mattered to them. Personal stories bring history to life. The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan is pleased to offer a 4-week workshop on writing Short Memoir. […]
58th Annual Meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and Presentation of the Leonard N. Simons History Award
The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan is pleased to announce Aimee Ergas has been selected as the 2017 Leonard N. Simons History Award honoree. Ms. Ergas will be honored at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Jewish Historical Society on Wednesday, May 1o, 2017. Wednesday, May 10, 20177:30 p.m.$40 per person, Dessert Reception to followTemple […]
At 100 years-old, Clover Hill Park Cemetery, a lush 60-acre park, is the final resting place for more than three generations of Detroit’s Jewish families, religious and community leaders. Join JHSM, Congregation Shaarey Zedek and Clover Hill Park Cemetery for a morning at the cemetery learning about the mausoleums, historic sections and family plots that […]
The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan educates, celebrates and promotes awareness of the contributions of the Jews of Michigan to our state, our nation and the world. Throughout the year, we present docent-led tours of historic Jewish Detroit and Southeast Michigan and host interesting lectures, book discussions and film viewings. We publish Michigan Jewish History, an annual journal, and maintain the Jewish Yearbook Collection, the largest collection of yearbooks from Detroit-area high schools.
The Jewish Center Orchestra earned national prestige for its success in attracting world-renowned figures in composition and performances, mentoring and developing young talent and bringing world-class music and musicians to the Detroit area. Maestro Julius Chajes conducted the orchestra for more than two decades beginning in 1940.
Flora Hommel, a native Detroiter, is the founder of the Detroit-based, non-profit organization Childbirth Without Pain Education Association, which espouses and teaches the Lamaze method of natural childbirth, which Flora learned and brought to the United States from France.
In 1850, Sarah Cozens gathered a group of fellow German-Jewish immigrants and held religious services at her home, near this present-day location (at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield building in Detroit). Marcus Cohen conducted the services of the congregation which would be called the Bet El Society and is known today as Temple Beth El (Bloomfield Hills)
JCycle 2011 participants stop at the T-Plex building, in an industrial section known as Milwaukee Junction, which once housed Ford Motor Company’s first factory, research facility and offices. In 1908, Henry Ford developed the Model T here and among the many workers employed in the factories owned by various manufactures in the area were many Jewish immigrants.
Blanche Hart and Ida Koppel, two prominent Jewish women and members of Detroit’s Temple Beth El, decided to take a group of children to Belle Isle for a picnic and day in the fresh air. Their endeavor, on this sunny, August 1902 afternoon, became the first outing of the Fresh Air Society; known commonly today as Camp Tamarack.