Indiana Bicentennial

The Indiana Jewish Historical Society (IJHS) would like to invite you to share in this year’s   Indiana Bicentennial celebration by participating in a series of unique, state-wide bicentennial programs to honor, commemorate, engage and celebrate Hoosier Jewish communities.

Our Bicentennial Packet IJHS 2016 of recommended programs is provided by the IJHS whose mission is to collect, preserve, and publish information on the 250 years of Jewish life in Indiana.  We are the only organization in Indiana which focuses exclusively on the history of the Jewish experience.  IJHS serve as the primary resource for state-wide, Jewish community-based activities and programs related to Indiana Jewish history.

The purposes behind these programs are to recognize the contributions to Indiana made by Jewish individuals, organizations, synagogues, and institutions.  Our hope is that programs provide a vehicle of collaboration between and within partnering Jewish institutions and communities throughout Indiana.  The following pages provide program outlines.  Programs may be scheduled at your discretion during 2016.

  • The Hoosier Jewish Community Snapshot in Time

Programs that provide Jewish people throughout the State to gather and preserve pictures, documents, video clips, and other digital and/or hands-on materials that tell their story, their family story, and their Jewish community story for future generations.  All materials will be archived through IJHS in the Indiana Historical Society.

  • Bicentennial Shabbat & Celebration

Programs that engage synagogues and Jewish organizations state-wide to designate one Shabbat or special event as their observance of Indiana’s Jewish Bicentennial.   A wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contributions and legacy of Hoosiers within the Jewish and secular communities through prayer and celebration.

  • The Hoosier Jewish Legends – A Hall of Fame

This program recognizes Jewish and non-Jewish Hoosiers who have made a significant and lasting impact to their profession, community, and the fabric of our cultural heritage in Indiana.  Inductees will be recognized in conjunction with theIndiana Jewish Historical Society Annual Meeting in October.

The Bicentennial offers a venue to ensure our Hoosier Jewish story, and those of you and your local Jewish community to remain alive for future generations.  If you have specific questions regarding the Hoosier Jewish Bicentennial or the IJHS, please email Mark Roger, Jewish Bicentennial Commemoration Chair, at  If you have questions about specific Bicentennial programming, contact the individual noted on the Program Fact Sheet or Bicentennial Packet IJHS 2016.  Further information at the IJHS office at 260.459.6862 or visit

Thank you, in advance, for your time and attention to this most worthwhile endeavor – sharing and celebrating our Jewish heritage and collective Hoosier past in Indiana.

B ’shalom,

Mark A. Roger

Chair, Indiana Jewish Historical Society Indiana Bicentennial Commemoration

Click here for all the details! Bicentennial Packet IJHS 2016