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Jewish Historical Society of Michigan

Our Mission

Founded in 1959, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, a not-for-profit educational organization, preserves and curates the history of Jewish Michigan.


What We Do

We celebrate and share the past with our communities, state, nation, and the world through meaningful and fun programming for all.  We offer innovative, docent-led lectures, tours, and classroom lessons.  Our engaging programming is designed to inspire and build pride in the Jewish community's historic contributions and preserve them for future generations.  We publish Michigan Jewish History, an annual journal of Michigan's Jewish History and also maintain the Jewish Yearbook Collection, the largest collection of yearbooks from Detroit-area high schools.  In all our undertakings, we affirm that Michigan's Jewish history is for all.

Barbara Mayer

Barbara Mayer

For Barbara Mayer, the task has always been more important than the title. She asks “What needs to be done? How can I help?”  And the task is done, the “Barbara way” with grace, warmth and enthusiasm.  The tasks have been many and the outcomes have made a difference to countless individuals touched by her efforts, her compassion and her lively spirit. Barbara's contribution comes by doing good naturally.


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