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In Memory of

Sumner Levine
1931 -2014
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Current JHS Projects
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Sumner Levine Speaker Series Fund
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Photos from the Past
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 Welcome to the website of the Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South (JHSMM)Founded in 1986, the Society collects, preserves, presents, and interprets the history and lives of Jews in Memphis and the Mid-South.
      “The Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South recognize(s) the urgency of capturing the past before it fades further."  So wrote Selma S. Lewis, an early president of the Society and author of the acclaimed book A Biblical People in the Bible Belt: The Jewish Community of Memphis, Tennessee, 1840s - 1960s
     Our ancestor Moses agrees with Ms. Lewis.  As the Children of Israel prepare to cross the River Jordan to enter the land promised to them by the Almighty, as they prepare to embark upon their future, Moses advises them not to forget their history.
                                             Remember the days of old,                                              
                                             Consider the years of many generations:
                                             Ask thy father, and he will declare unto thee,
                                             Thine elders, and they will tell thee.” (Deuteronomy 32: 7)

Moses, the great hero of the Hebrew Bible, suggests that the path to strength and prosperity, the path to success in the future, lies in understanding the past.
JHSMM extends to you such a path. Our programs help you learn about the achievements of the generations that came before you so that you can benefit from that knowledge in the present. Please join us -- and Moses. This website describes our programs, newsletter, committees, and projects. Our membership fees are nominal and what we offer is connection, understanding and pride.   Click here for more membership information and a membership applicatation.
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