Hoosier Jewish Legends

The Indiana Jewish Historical Society (IJHS) invites you to learn about the Hoosier Jewish Legends – A Hall of Fame (HJL) celebrating Hoosiers who have created a significant and lasting impact to their profession, faith-based and/or secular community, and the legacy of the role of the Jewish community in Indiana’s continuing story.

In order to nominate someone you think embodies these characteristics, please submit a Hoosier Jewish Legend Award nomination form.

Download a 2018 nomination form

Rules of entries:

  • Nominations must pertain to some aspect of Jewish life in Indiana or local history.
  • A nomination form and a $36 Application Fee must accompany each submission.
  • A picture of the nominee must be included with the submission.
  • Letters of recommendation, articles, brochures and other supporting documents are encouraged (on 8 ½ x 11 paper).
  • Completed nomination forms must be postmarked by April 10, 2018.

Submitted materials will not be returned unless otherwise agreed upon in advance.  Incomplete nomination forms and/or omitted required materials will automatically disqualify the nominee from consideration. Indiana Jewish Historical Society (IJHS) membership is not a requirement for consideration. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.

Notification of Award:

The Hoosier Jewish Legend Awards Committee is appointed annually by the IJHS. The Awards Committee reserves the right to move nominees into different categories, award multiple nominees within a category, or decline granting of an award within a category, as appropriate.

All submissions are confidential and nominees are not notified of the application submitted or its status unless it is successful. Nominators will be notified of receipt of submitted applications and notified directly should their nominee be selected. Nomination forms remain active for three years from the original date of submission.

HJL Hall of Fame:

Mark Greenberg (Muncie)
Ronald (Ron) A. Klain (Indianapolis)
Eva Mozes Kor (Terre Haute)
Leon M. Mordoh (Indianapolis)
Dr. David A. Wolf (Indianapolis

Max Einstandig (Terre Haute)
Leonard Goldstein (Fort Wayne)
Dr. Louis Lemberger (Indianapolis)
Frank Newman (Indianapolis)
Larry Reuben (Indianapolis)
Rabbi Dennis Sasso (Indianapolis)
Rabbi Sandy Sasso (Indianapolis)
Helen Schwartz (Muncie)
Martin Schwartz (Muncie)
Elizabeth Weinberg (Madison)