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Welcome to the Michiana Jewish Historical Society's Digital Archive, a multi-phase project funded by a Heritage Support Grant awarded by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc. In addition to this funding, we are also proud to announce support from our sponsors, without whom this ongoing project could not be possible.


What would you like to learn about the Michiana Jewish community? We have photos and documents for you to browse, or if you have something specific you’d like to see, you can search the entire collection – both photos and documents at the same time.

Your search results will depend on the search term you enter. We recommend searching for a person’s name or a keyword (Jewish organization, synagogue, holiday, etc.).


If you are searching a person’s name, the format to use is:


“Last Name, First Name”


We have invited many people in our community to help us identify people in our photo collection. It is possible we have misidentified someone, so if you view a photograph and you are either certain you know someone who hasn’t been identified in it, or if we’ve identified someone incorrectly, please email and let us know.


Take a glance below at a sample of our collections, or click here to start your own search!

Please know this is a work in progress. We'll be adding more photos to our collections soon!


Camp Ideal Collection


For over 60 years, Camp Ideal (formerly the Jewish Community Council Day Camp) has been one of the best day camps in Indiana while also promoting and sharing the values and ideals of the Jewish tradition. Camp Ideal has a commitment to provide a fun, safe, enjoyable, and growth-filled summer experience for children of all religions.

Click here to view the collection.


BBYO Collection


South Bend Jewish youth were very involved in B’nai Brith Youth, (AZA and BBG), especially in the 1970s and 1980s.  You will find minutes of meetings, photographs, scripts from those crazy Cabaret skits, information about softball tournaments, and as they say, much, much more.

Click here to view the collection.

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Sons of Israel Collection


This historical building was the home to an Orthodox congregation, a Reconstructionist congregation, and now houses the souvenir shop for the South Bend Cubs.  Talk about history!

Click here to view the collection.

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