The prestigious Leonard N. Simons History Award, first established in 1991, honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the enrichment, preservation and dissemination of Michigan Jewish history. Presented by the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, the award supports the organization’s mission to educate, celebrate and promote awareness of outstanding Jews of Michigan.
Named after Leonard Simons (1904-1995), founder of the Simons Michelson Zieve advertising agency, the Leonard N. Simons History Award recognizes the time, talent and effort these recipients have devoted to preserving and sharing the history of our state and our people. Simons’ passion for the preservation of Jewish and communal history, through the establishment of the Jewish Community Archives and publication of Michigan Jewish History, ensured that the Jewish community of Detroit would retain a sense of pride in knowing who they are and where they came from. Simons was an active leader with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Wayne State University Press, the Detroit Historical Society and the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan.