Community Projects

Jewish Life and Language Project in Southeast Michigan

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.

Eastern Michigan University Jewish Studies is home to 19th Century Jewish Life, an online research repository relating to the development of Jewish communities in an age of emancipation and migration. In collaboration with the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills, Michigan, EMU Jewish Studies offers an annual, one-week summer seminar for school teachers on the Holocaust. Seminars have focused on:

  • Reading the Holocaust: A Seminar for Teachers (2011)
  • Children and the Holocaust (2012)

EMU Jewish Studies supports Temple Israel in West Bloomfield by offering classes in Modern Hebrew I and II at the temple. We are developing college-level classes in Modern Hebrew III and IV as well as "Bible as Literature" and "Jewish-American Literature" to be taught at Temple Israel.

EMU faculty have spoken at such venues as:

  • Temple Israel in West Bloomfield
  • The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor
  • Temple B'nai Shalom in Benton Harbor
  • Elderwise, Ann Arbor.

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