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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

The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, a not-for-profit educational organization, curates and preserves the stories of the Jewish Michigan, and shares and celebrates those legacies to our state, our nation and the world. As a leader in innovative cultural programming, JHSM presents docent-led tours of historic Jewish Detroit and Southeast Michigan and hosts exciting explorations of places and topics that connect to Jewish cultural life in Michigan. In addition to our Speakers Bureau, JHSM is also a leader in providing historical educational curriculum to area religious schools. Our programming is designed to inspire and build pride in the Jewish community's contributions to life today. Yet, JHSM also is committed to preserving those stories for future generations. In addition to our reseach collections, we proudly publish and archive Michigan Jewish History, an annual journal of Michigan's Jewish History and maintain the Jewish Yearbook Collection, the largest collection of yearbooks from Detroit-area high schools.

Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco

Award-winning storyteller Patricia Polacco (b. 1944) has written and illustrated 115 books for chidren, many of which draw on her personal experiences of growing up in rural Michigan. Jewish heritage and values, such as tikkun olam and tzedakah play important parts in many of Patricia's books. Among her most beloved books is The Keeping Quilt, which demonstrates the importance of family, tradition and culture through a Jewish immigrant family's heirloom quilt. Like the quilt, Patricia's books are often treasured and passed on from one generation to the next.


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