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.
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.
In 1972, Margaret "Gigi" Lincoln was recruited to teach in New South Wales, Australia, when she noticed a student had scribbled a swastika on a desk. She asked the student if he knew the population of Australia, then connected the same figure of 6 million people to the number of Jewish Holocaust victims. This was a true “teaching moment” and a catalyst for Gigi’s Holocaust awareness efforts in the decades to come.