By MAGGIE GOLDBERG
Executive Director, Michiana Jewish Historical Society
The Michiana Jewish Historical Society will unveil its new book “L’dor v’dor – From Generation to Generation: The Michiana Jewish Community,” on Sunday, Dec. 7. The book chronicles the history of Michiana’s Jewish population from the early decades of the 20th century to today.
The event will take place at the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley at 2:30 p.m.
“L’dor v’dor – From Generation to Generation: The Michiana Jewish Community” contains more than 400 photos from the archives of the Michiana Jewish Historical Society and other organizations, including congregations, religious schools, individuals, families and businesses.
The book is divided into six sections representing the various aspects of Jewish life that make up the Jewish community: Growing Up, Making a Living, Enjoying Life, Building a Community, Observing Our Traditions and Living Our Values.
“This is a project two years in the making and we’re very pleased to share it with the community,” says David Piser, President of the Michiana Jewish Historical Society. “So many families have lived here; where they’ve been able to express their Judaism and live their faith from bar mitzvahs and weddings, to starting a business. It’s a beautiful community to be a part of.”
L’dor v’dor, a publication of Wolfson Press at IU South Bend, features a poem written by Henry Weinfield, professor of English and liberal studies at the University of Notre Dame. Weinfield will also be on hand to read his poem and sign copies of the book. The book can be purchased at the event for $30 or $25 for Michiana Jewish Historical Society members.
The Michiana Jewish Historical Society provides a comprehensive record of the Jewish community from the first immigrants up to present day. Programs and projects including the archives, the Jewish business database and the Family Tree project, inspire appreciation of the history of our region and each of the families in it – past, present and future.
For more information on L’dor v’dor, or the book launch, contact executive director Maggie Goldberg of the Michiana Jewish Historical Society, at (574) 233-1164.