As part of our mission, the Iowa Jewish Historical Society (IJHS) builds community understanding of Jewish history and culture through educational programming. Check back often to find upcoming events and programs for children, school groups and adults!
“For the last four years in March, our sophomore class has been studying the writings of those who had to endure the Holocaust… [They] become interested in what they have read but were unable to bring their learning to true higher-level learning beyond school. At Van Meter School, we were able to help provide the students with this understanding by visiting the Iowa Jewish Historical Society Museum in Waukee. With the museum staff’s help, our students were comfortable in asking questions and finding an empathy they might not have had before going to the museum. We are grateful for the generous welcome to the Iowa Jewish Historical Society each year and for having the opportunity to visit!”
— Colleen Tendall, Van Meter High School
To get an idea of the types of gatherings that we offer, the following are some of our past events in the Greater Des Moines area.
Celina Karp Biniaz, A Schindler Juden, Returns to Des Moines
From September 10-13, 2017, the Iowa Jewish Historical Society had the distinct honor of presenting a series of programs featuring Celina Karp Biniaz, one of the last survivors from Schindler’s List—and the only one to graduate from an Iowa high school and college. Celina captivated students and the general public alike with her story of surviving the Holocaust and her message of hope and forgiveness. Hear Celina’s presentations.
Three Israelis of Vision
From April 3-6, 2017, the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines hosted three Israeli educators who shared their personal stories and innovative approaches to education with educators and general audiences at a luncheon sponsored by the Iowa Jewish Historical Society.
A Taste of Jewish Cooking
With the publication of our cookbook in 2015, Beyond Matzo Balls: Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Cooking, we launched the Food in Jewish Life exhibit and held a sold-out event, A Taste of Jewish Cooking. The evening featured recipes from the book and preceded a Windsor Heights “Music in the Park” concert by the Java Jews playing Klezmer music.