May 31, 2019

What do you do with thousands of photographs and hundreds of treasured documents?  If you’re the Michiana Jewish Historical Society, you roll up your sleeves, get to work, and create an online catalogue to share them!

The mission of the Michiana Jewish Historical Society is to be a ‘living museum’ that provides “a comprehensive record of the ways Jews organized over time…and displays the vitality of those...

October 25, 2018

Growing up in Benton Harbor, or elsewhere in Southwest Michigan, was like growing up Jewish elsewhere in small city/small town America – Jews were in the minority, but with a few differences.

Bob Yampolsky, who graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1953, said there were “quite a few Jewish students” there. But in comparison, “When I started at the University of Michigan, I was amazed at the number of...

October 25, 2018

Michael and Adam Lieberman, father and son, are the third and fourth generation owners/operators of August Pohl Auto Parts. The company buys wrecked cars and trucks, which employees disassemble, and sells the parts. It’s unlike traditional auto “junk yards, where customers remove the parts they need from vehicles parked outside. August Pohl, not related to the family, started the business in 1921 on Terri...

October 25, 2018

Flamm Pickle and Packing Co. near Eau Claire in Southwest Michigan traces its origins to 1917, when Joseph Flamm began making pickles for his family and friends on the farm he bought that year. Originally Joseph Flamenbaum, he emigrated from Poland to Russia to Canada to Chicago and then to the Eau Claire area farm. In 1920 he married Anna Sax, who was born in Benton Harbor.

May 23, 2018

However you say it, there's little doubt that the connection between Israel and Indiana, specifically our Michiana community, has been strengthened over many years of Partnership trips and Shlichim (Israel Emissaries) representatives. 

We are very fortunate to have made deep and lasting bonds with both the people and the land of Israel. Here are just a few stories from our community.

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May 22, 2018

September 2007, over 10 years ago (!) I said goodbye to my family and friends and got on a plane to the US. Being 22, right out of the army, without knowing anyone in South Bend I decided to come and spend a year working with the Jewish community in the St. Joseph Valley region, to educate about Israel, about the diversity of its people, the views, the history, the language.

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