Welcome to
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.

Claire Ettlinger Kretchmer

Claire Ettlinger Kretchmer

After contributing so many acts of loving kindness to her community over the years, Claire says she “feels very lucky to have lived the life I’ve had.”


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