Founded in 1959, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, a not-for-profit educational organization, preserves and curates the history of Jewish Michigan. Through the past, we understand our present and actively shape our future.
We capture and share the past with our communities, state, nation, and the world through meaningful and engaging programming for all. We offer innovative, docent-led lectures, tours, and classroom lessons. Our immersive and experiential events are designed to instill, astonish, inspire, and build pride in the Jewish community's historic contributions and preserve them for future generations. Our groundbreaking collaborations put us on the forefront of history as social activism. We publish Michigan Jewish History, an annual peer-reviewed journal--our commitment to producing knowledge for students, scholars, and the general public. We also maintain the Jewish Yearbook Collection, the largest gathering of yearbooks from Detroit-area high schools. In all our undertakings, we affirm that Michigan's Jewish history is for everyone.
A Legacy of Giving
Adele Staller was a role model for her daughters and her community. Her family and Jewish values defined her life. She was generous in all ways, especially with her time, as a perpetual volunteer in her synagogue and JHSM. She used her strong voice in song, as a teacher, and as a beloved docent for JHSM.