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Jewish Historical Society of Michigan

Our Mission

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.


What We Do

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.

Malca Muskin

Malca Muskin

Malca’s lifelong love of music, especially Jewish music, was the catalyst to her founding Grand Rapids’ Shir Shalom Choir in 1985. Its inclusiveness cut across the Reform, Conservative, and non-Jewish communities as it welcomed anyone who shared a love of singing and music. She not only founded the choir, but also researched the music, sought out musical directors, organized the rehearsals, fiercely took attendance, scheduled performances throughout west Michigan, and established a music archive.

“Essentially, Malca was the nerve center and glue – a Jewish music balabusta, that held the choir together,” said son David Kagan.

In addition to founding the choir, Malca fed her passion for fashion working as a salesperson at Jacobson’s Department Store for more than 20 years.

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