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Hoosier Jewish Legends 2021 Induction Ceremony

Mark your calendars!
Sunday, August 22, 2021, at 1 PM. on ZOOM.
This is the sixth year the Indiana Jewish Historical Society is honoring its Hoosier Jewish Legends. Individuals who have made significant and lasting impacts on Indiana Jewish communities around the state. This year’s honorees are:
Sid Tuchman,z”l of blessed memory
Larry Adelman, Fort Wayne
Sandra & Robert Borns, Indianapolis
Benjamin Eisbart, Fort Wayne
Marcia Goldstein, Westfield
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is Co-Sponsoring the event.
Please email Gale at galedirect@aol.com for questions.
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Lincoln and Jewish Americans

In this virtual lunch and learn event with historian and Brandeis University Professor Jonathan D. Sarna spoke on his book Lincoln and the Jews: A History.

Dr. Sarna will illustrate how Lincoln admired, consulted with, appointed to office, and defended Jewish Americans during his presidency. Historian William Bartelt, author of There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Youth (IHS Press) will offer introductory comments on how Lincoln’s Indiana boyhood shaped his presidency.

Presented in partnership with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society.

Lincoln and Jewish Americans

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A Noble Dream: Indiana, Lincoln, and Jewish Americans

A virtual lunch and learn event from the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and Indiana Historical Society. Historian and Brandeis University Professor Jonathan D. Sarna will speak on his book “Lincoln and the Jews: A History.” Dr. Sarna will illustrate how Lincoln admired, consulted with, appointed to office, and defended Jewish Americans during his presidency. Historian William Bartelt, author of “There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Youth (IHS Press)” will offer introductory comments on how Lincoln’s Indiana boyhood shaped his presidency.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 12 PM EDT

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Indiana Politicians Who Made a Difference During the Holocaust: James Grover McDonald with guest Speaker Jill Weiss Simins

A series in partnership with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center explores a different Hoosier politician who helped save Jews during and after the Holocaust. In this talk, we will discuss Albany, Indiana native James Grover McDonald, who is known for warning the world about Nazi atrocities and dedicated his life to rescue the Jews of Europe.

Indiana Politicians Who Made a Difference During the Holocaust: James Grover McDonald

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Indiana Politicians Who Made a Difference During the Holocaust: Governor Paul V. McNutt

A series in partnership with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center that explores a different Hoosier politician who helped save Jews during and after the Holocaust. In this talk, we will discuss how Governor McNutt assisted Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust to gain safe passage to the Philippines.

Indiana Politicians Who Made a Difference During the Holocaust: Governor Paul V. McNutt

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Standing up to the Klan: Indiana Jews vs. The Klan

Dr. Madison places Indiana’s Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s in larger contexts as a mainstream, not a marginal movement, and explain why so many Hoosiers joined the organization. He will then focus on those who stood up to the Klan, focusing on Jewish Hoosiers.

Standing up to the Klan: Indiana Jews vs. The Klan

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IJHS Hires New Executive Director

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Dear Friends/Family and Supporters

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society, we are pleased to announce the hiring of our new executive director, Mr. Michael J Brown.  Michael brings to the Society a great interest and knowledge of Indiana Jewish History and involvement in his community.

Michael Brown NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INDIANA JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Michael, who most recently has worked for Israeli start-ups, brings his love of Jewish heritage and culture to the job. He is a member of Sinai Synagogue in South Bend.  He is the former Executive Director at The Hillel of Southern Illinois University.

Michael comes to the position with significant background in Jewish history, programming innovation, and volunteer work. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 2007 and has a Certificate from the Borns Jewish Studies Program. Michael is a veteran of the US Army Reserves and National Guard, where he served in the Medical Corps. Michael has previously worked in business development and marketing.

Michael is succeeding Dr. Wendy Soltz as executive director of IJHS.  We appreciate the many contributions that Wendy made on behalf of the organization during her tenure.

Please join me in offering Michael a hearty Mazel Tov on his new position and feel free to reach out to him at ijhs@ijhs.org

Sincerely,

Kevin Krulewitch

Board President, Indiana Jewish Historical Society