History Helpline August 2023

It’s that time of year…the time all kids dread, and parents live for. It’s back to school! We are celebrating the occasion by exploring our school-related collections. In addition to holding the records of Hillel Day School and Farber Hebrew Day School, the Jampel Center also has materials from United Hebrew Schools and a number of synagogue schools. If we had to grade this treasure trove, we’d give it an A+!

Well…maybe an A-, because many of our school photographs are unidentified. This makes it difficult for users to find photographs of themselves, friends, or loved ones. So, we need your help. Can you identify any of the children in this photograph from the Beth Moses Religious School’s 4th grade class? It’s undated, but we are guessing it is from the 1950s or 1960s.

Do you recognize anyone in this photo?

Don’t recognize this class? Don’t worry! We have lots more kid-related photographs that need to be identified! Just follow this link. If there is anyone you recognize, let us know! All you have to do is click the “Send Us Feedback” button and give us the names (dates and locations are always welcome, too!). We’ll then add that information to our database to make our collections more accessible to the public.

If you want to explore other resources at the Jampel Center, be sure to visit our website.

History Help Line is brought to you by the Joan Meyers Jampel Center for Michigan Jewish Heritage, a collaboration between the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives of Temple Beth El and the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.