The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is thrilled to welcome Wendy Soltz on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. for a program on “Northeast Indiana Historic Synagogues and Influential Families.”
Wendy will speak on three historic synagogues: 1889 Ahavath Sholom in Ligonier, 1914 B'nai Jacob in Fort Wayne, and 1936-1937 Sinai Temple in Marion, and highlight some of the families who helped to build them and create sacred spaces for their communities.
She also will discuss the larger Indiana Synagogue Mapping Project which she started in 2018 with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society. This project uses ArcGIS mapping technology to pinpoint and describe over 90 Indiana synagogues.
Wendy is currently an Assistant Professor of History and the Director of the Public History Program at Ball State University. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and History at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, and Executive Director of the IJHS.
Soltz received her PhD in Modern Jewish, 19th- and 20th- century US, and public history in 2016 from the Ohio State University. We’re excited to add some local history and genealogy to our calendar!