Eastern Michigan University
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Jewish Life and Language in Southeast Michigan

About the Project

Jewish Life and Language in Southeast Michigan (JLLSM) is a cooperative research project between the Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Journalism Programs of Eastern Michigan University. We're documenting life and language in the Jewish community of Southeast Michigan, capturing people’s experience in their own words. We’re interested in what it’s like to be a Jewish person in Southeast Michigan, the broader region, and the U.S., how you view the local area and any changes in the area that you’ve noticed over time—and, if you’ve lived elsewhere prior to coming here, what life was like before coming here and how it has changed.

We are looking for people to help us with this study by participating in an interview about these and related topics. We’ll also ask some questions about language, for example, asking whether or not a sentence or word is something they might hear someone say in their community. The whole interview will take between an hour and an hour and a half.


Sign up here if you are interested in participating in this project!


If you have any questions, please email us at jllsm_project@emich.edu or call 734-487-7952

Associated Faculty Members

Eric Acton - Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Verónica Grondona - Associate Professor of Linguistics

Martin Shichtman - Professor of English/Director EMU Jewish Studies