Michigan Women Who Made A Difference

Michigan Women Who Made a Difference –
Builders of Michigan’s Jewish Communities

The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan’s Michigan Women Who Made a Difference (MWWMD) project seeks to document, preserve and share the stories and achievements of Michigan’s Jewish women who have helped build and shape our communities, institutions and organizations. These are the women who led community organizations, founded businesses, or were political and social justice leaders. These are women who often stood in the background, who led with strength, dignity and silence and whose stories are largely untold. And, these are the women whose leadership and contributions have made our world a richer, bolder and better place.

The goal of the MWWMD project is to create a database of the stories of Michigan’s Jewish women who “made a difference,” whether as professionals or as volunteers.

Here are some ways you can contribute to the project:

Michigan Women Who Made a Difference –
Jewish Voices Project

In 2015, the Michigan Humanities Council awarded JHSM a Heritage Grant to continue and expand the MWWMD project statewide. The MWWMD Jewish Voices project will expand the scope of the project to urban and rural communities throughout the state of Michigan.

MWWMD Matching Gift Campaign
Help JHSM Raise $20,000 to Launch our MWWMD Web Page

This free website will enable visitors to explore myriad stories and biographies and allow for the preservation of these stories for generations. JHSM is the only Jewish organization in Michigan dedicated to the collection and preservation of these priceless stories.

JHSM has already chronicled and preserved the stories of some 175 Jewish women whose legacies have contributed to this great state. We are very pleased to announce a matching gift campaign from Jeannie Weiner, JHSM Vice President and chairperson of the MWWMD project. Her husband, Gershon Weiner, of blessed memory, enjoyed history, was proud of his Michigan roots, and had an interest in the preservation of the legacies of Jews who contributed to the state. That is why, in his memory, Jeannie has pledged these funds to enable the launch of the online archives. 

Please support Jeannie with your gift of support. 

Community Workshops

To help communities get started identifying and researching the stories of their own foremothers, JHSM is sponsoring a series of workshops throughout Michigan. Workshops can have anywhere between five and thirty participants and can be organized by a geographic, institutional, or organizational community, e.g., Lansing, synagogue, Hadassah. There is no charge to attend or host a workshop, and JHSM will help with all of the planning. All we need from you is a date and a location.

Please email us at tweissman@michjewishhistory.org if you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your community.

How to Identify a Michigan Jewish Woman Who Made a Difference

Add to our growing collection of biographies by submitting a biography of a Michigan Woman Who Made a Difference.

Click Here to download a fillable PDF biography form.

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Michigan Women Who Made A Difference
Michigan Women Who Made A Difference

Published In January 2015, introduces the reader to 125 Metropolitan Detroit Jewish women whose passion, dedication and innovation helped to shape and enrich our communities. Publication of this book was made possible, in part, by a grant from the
Jewish Women’s Foundation.

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Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, 6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322. tweissman@michjewishhistory.org
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