For more than half a century, the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan has promoted and celebrated the special story of Michigan’s Jewish communities, organizations and citizens. Our programs, tours, events and publications preserve and proudly bring to life the struggles of Michigan’s early settlers, the strength of our business entrepreneurs, the accomplishments of our Jewish leaders, and the legacies of today’s innovators and urban pioneers. JHSM is the only organization in Michigan with the unique ability to curate these stories from myriad resources, then preserve and share them so future generations will know these legacies.

Founded in 1959 to preserve and commemorate our past for future generations, JHSM is the only not-for-profit organization in Michigan dedicated exclusively to this purpose. JHSM has amassed and documented a storehouse of information about the events, traditions and lives of Jewish people throughout the state.

With a staff of four and an able corps of talented and passionate volunteers, JHSM accomplishes our mission by leading public and private tours of historic Jewish Detroit and Southeast Michigan; offering a variety of historically interesting programs; publishing Michigan Jewish History and the MJH Bulletin; creating curriculum for educational programs for adults and youth; managing a Speakers Bureau who present “virtual tours” of historic Jewish Michigan; and managing, maintaining and growing the Michigan Women Who Made a Difference Project and Archives, the Jewish Yearbook Collection and www.michjewishhistory.org.


  • Neil Gorosh, President
  • Michael W. Maddin, Immediate Past President
  • Charles Domstein, Vice President
  • Jacqueline Elkus, Vice President
  • Ed Malkin, Vice President
  • Ralph Woronoff, Treasurer
  • Risha Ring, Secretary


Board of Directors

  • Barbara Cohn
  • Charles Domstein
  • Jacqueline Elkus
  • Joy Gaines-Friedler
  • Ruthe Goldstein
  • Neil Gorosh
  • Larry Gunsberg
  • Margery J. Jablin
  • Michael Kasky
  • Judy Lansky
  • Ed Malkin
  • Ron Sollish
  • Risha Ring
  • Sheri Schiff
  • Jeannie Weiner
  • Ralph Woronoff

JHSM Past Presidents

  • Emanuel Applebaum
  • Phillip Applebaum
  • Jeffrey N. Borin
  • Gilbert Borman
  • Joan R. Braun
  • Judith Levin Cantor
  • Ellen S. Cole
  • Arnold Collens
  • Gerald Cook
  • Doris Easton
  • James D. Grey
  • Robert D. Kaplow
  • Stanley N. Meretsky
  • Adele W. Staller
  • Bette A. Roth Young

Past Presidents Of Blessed Memory

  • Joan Braun
  • Dr. Irving I. Edgar
  • Dr. Henry Green
  • Irving I. Katz
  • Evelyn Noveck
  • Dr. Abraham S. Rogoff
  • Allen A. Warsen

JHSM Advisory Board

  • Laurie Blume
  • Jennifer Boardman
  • Denise Brown
  • Dan Buckfire
  • Ann J. Conrad
  • Cathy Deutchman
  • Charlotte Dubin
  • Ben Falik
  • Dennis Frank
  • Jules Goldman
  • Karla Goldman
  • Dr. Paul Goodman
  • Marilyn Krainen
  • Myrle Leland
  • Andy Levin
  • Hannan Lis
  • Prof. Howard Lupovitch
  • Marc D. Manson
  • Rabbi Mark Miller
  • Allan Nachman
  • Gabe Neistein
  • Edie L. Resnick
  • Dr. Wendy Sadoff
  • Prof. Martin Shictman
  • Harriet Siden
  • Sidney Simon
  • Janice Sobel
  • Pam Sofferin
  • Debby Tukel
  • Carol Weisfeld
  • Rabbi Herbert Yoskowitz
  • Mary Lou Zieve

Meet The Team

  • Neil Gorosh


  • Wendy Rose Bice

    Executive Director

  • Aimee Ergas

    Research Director

  • Elizabeth Kannon

    Office Manager

  • Jane Nordberg

    Program Associate

  • Tracy Weissman

    Educational Program Coordinator

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9am - 2pm


The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan,
6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Located in the administrative offices of the
West Bloomfield Jewish Community Center.

Become a JHSM Volunteer

We invite you to join JHSM on our journey as we grow and continue to explore new avenues and pathways. We need volunteers who like to work with people and who want to join our tour program as docents or navigators. We need volunteers who are skilled writers and editors who want to work with us on our fantastic journal, Michigan Jewish History.

Become a JHSM Volunteer

Leonard N. Simons History Award

This award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the Jewish Historical Society’s mission and to the larger Michigan community. This award honors Mr. Simons’ desire to ensure that the Jewish community of Detroit would retain a sense of pride in knowing who they are and where they came from.

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Support the Michigan Women Who Made a Difference Project

The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan's Michigan Women Who Made a Difference project seeks to revive, discover and share the names of our community foremothers. Your gift to the MWWMD Fund will help us further our research and documentation.