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“Indiana Jewry has a story to tell, and the IJHS is beginning to tell it.”-Dr. & Rabbi Jacob Rader Marcus of the American Jewish Archives wrote those words shortly after the founding of the IJHS in 1972.
Founded in Fort Wayne to collect, preserve, publish, and share the Jewish experience in Indiana, the Indiana Jewish Historical Society is now headquartered in Indianapolis. Our archival holdings, representing various Jewish Communities and individuals from around the entire state of Indiana, are housed in state-of-the-art facilities at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. This collection contains thousands of Jewish life items across the state, and society continues to seek materials for the collection. The IJHS also encourages the preservation and promotes historic Jewish buildings, monuments, markers, and cemeteries.
The Indiana Jewish Historical Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization. The society hosts an annual program and the Hoosier Jewish Legends Awards. The IJHS also publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Historical News, and the journal Indiana Jewish History. As of 2021, the IJHS produces the IN-Jewish History Podcast.
Information about recent or future programming or IJHS updates can be found on the IJHS Blog.
Our services are made possible by generous contributions from our many donors and supporters and with the generous support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.