Welcome to the
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan

Our Mission

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.


What We Do

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.

Sylvia Helfer

Sylvia Helfer

Despite having to endure financial hardships throughout her life, Sylvia Gordon Helfer accepted life’s many challenges and always found a bright spot.

“My mother saw life realistically and learned to cope with that reality,” daughter Marion Freedman said. “She was never a victim, and remains to this day a truly inspirational role model for her family and anyone who had the good fortune to know her.”


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