Leonard N. Simons History Award

Recognizing those helping to preserve and protect Michigan’s Jewish history

The prestigious Leonard N. Simons History Award, first established in 1991, honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the enrichment, preservation and dissemination of Michigan Jewish history. Presented by the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, the award supports the organization’s mission to educate, celebrate and promote awareness of outstanding Jews of Michigan.

Named after Leonard Simons (1904-1995), founder of the Simons Michelson Zieve advertising agency, the Leonard N. Simons History Award recognizes the time, talent and effort these recipients have devoted to preserving and sharing the history of our state and our people. Simons’ passion for the preservation of Jewish and communal history, through the establishment of the Jewish Community Archives and publication of Michigan Jewish History, ensured that the Jewish community of Detroit would retain a sense of pride in knowing who they are and where they came from. Simons was an active leader with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Wayne State University Press, the Detroit Historical Society and the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan.

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

  • Philip Slomovitz
    1991
  • Avern L. Cohn
    1992
  • George M. Stutz
    1993
  • Irwin Shaw
    1994
  • Emma Lazaroff Schaver
    1995
  • Leslie S. Hough, Philip P. Mason
    1996
  • Mary Lou Simons Zieve
    1997
  • Judith Levin Cantor
    1998
  • Michael W. Maddin
    1999
  • Alan D. Kandel
    2000
  • Sidney M. Bolkosky
    2001
  • Adele W. Staller
    2002
  • Matilda Brandwine
    2003
  • Susie Citrin
    2004
  • Edith L. Resnick
    2005
  • Gerald S. Cook
    2006
  • Sharon L. Alterman
    2007
  • George M. Zeltzer
    2008
  • Mandell L. Berman
    2009
  • James D. Grey
    2010
  • Charlotte M. Dubin
    2011
  • Michael O. Smith
    2012
  • Irwin J. Cohen
    2013
  • A. Alfred Taubman
    2014
  • Carl Levin
    2015
  • Jan Durecki
    2016
  • Aimee Ergas
    2017