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.

The deadline for 2020 nominations has past.  You are still able to download a 2020 nomination form and checklist here for information for next year.

Rules of entry:

  • 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 1, 2020.

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.


Linda Cohen (West Lafayette)
Carolyn Leeds (Indianapolis)
Joseph Levine* (Fort Wayne)
John Planer (North Manchester)
Betty Stein* (Fort Wayne)


Lois and Sidney Eskenazi (Indianapolis)
Gerald Kraft (Indianapolis)
David Piser* (South Bend)
Cantor Janice Roger (Indianapolis)
Joan Wolf (Indianapolis)


Mark Greenberg (Muncie)
Ron Klain (Indianapolis)
Eva Mozes Kor* (Terre Haute)
Leon Mordoh* (Indianapolis)
David Wolf (Indianapolis)


Max Einstandig* (Terre Haute)
Leonard Goldstein* (Fort Wayne)
Louis Lemberger* (Indianapolis)
Frank H Newman* (Indianapolis)
Lawrence Reuben* (Indianapolis)
Rabbi Dennis Sasso (Indianapolis)
Rabbi Sandy Sasso (Indianapolis)
Martin and Helen Schwartz* (Muncie)
Elizabeth Weinberg* (Madison)

* z”l of blessed memory