About Us

Brief History

1972: The IJHS was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1972: Joe Levine became the first Executive Director.
1995: Eileen Baitcher became the second Executive Director.
1999: The IJHS archival collections were donated to the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis.
2002: The IJHS endowment was established.
2016: The first annual Hoosier Jewish Legends Awards were held.
2017: The IJHS office moved from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis.
2017: Wendy Soltz became the third Executive Director.
2018: IJHS Lifetime Membership was introduced.

Our Lifetime Members

Linda Cohen, West Lafayette

Gerald and Adele Kraft*, Indianapolis

Kevin Krulewitch and Rosanne Ammirati, Indianapolis

Joe Leffel, Naples, FL

Leona Rosenberg*, Chicago, IL

Jeffrey and Nancy Trockman, Evansville

Rick and Rita Weinstein, Paradise Valley, AZ

Leonid and Marina Grabovsky, Carmel

Richard and Sandy Zeckel, Carmel

Ora Pescovitz, Rochester MI

Robert and Alice Schloss, Indianapolis

Judith Weitzman, Carmel

Our Board

The Board of Directors consists of members from around the state, serving two consecutive three-year terms (representing their communities). IJHS members vote to elect each Board member. The Board of Directors annually appoints our Executive Board, which consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Executive positions are limited to two 2-year consecutive terms. The IJHS employs an executive director.

President: Melanie Hughes, New Albany
Vice President, Membership: Barbara Goldman, Indianapolis
Vice President, History: Jill Weiss Simins, Indianapolis
Treasurer: Kevin Krulewitch, Indianapolis
Secretary: Robert Phillips, Muncie

  • Irv Adler, Fort Wayne
  • Sheila Greenwald, Indianapolis
  • Gale Halperin, Indianapolis
  • Lori Katz, Indianapolis
  • John Planer, North Manchester
  • Mary Tilden, West Lafayette
  • Marla Topiol, Indianapolis
  • Rosalie Gussow, Indianapolis
  • Trent Pendley, Furnessville
  • Alan Gilbert, Fort Wayne

Executive Director:  Michael Brown, South Bend

2018-2020, Dr. Wendy Soltz, Fort Wayne
1995-2017, Eileen Baitcher, Fort Wayne
1972-1995, Joseph Levine,* Fort Wayne

Past Presidents:
1972-1975, Max Einstandig*
1976-1978, Mary Fink*
1980-1982, Charles B Fine*
1982-1985, Martin Schwartz*
1985-1986, David Kleiman
1986-1989, David Fogle*
1989-1992, Earl Brenn*
1992-1993, Wynn Robin*
1993-1995, Arthur Meyers
1995-1997, Richard Friedman
1997-1999, Paul Bloomberg
1999-2003, Judy Koor
2003-2009, Trent Pendley
2009-2012, Alan Gilbert
2012-2017, Sheila Greenwald

2017-2020, Kevin Krulewitch, Immediate Past President

*z”l of blessed memory