Relocating to Jewish Michiana

Are you considering a move to the greater Michiana area? This area is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Take a look at everything we have to offer! From beautiful parks and recreation to vibrant Synagogues to the amazing South Bend Symphony Orchestra, we are proud to call this area home. The Jewish community is happy to invest resources to help "Grow Jewish Michiana!" 


If you're considering a move, or recently relocated to Michiana, we'd love to include you in our mailings and programing. Please contact the Jewish Federation to be added to our mailing list or visit our News section for our most recent email blasts and Our Community News. 


St. Joseph County At-a-Glance


•  County spans 467 square miles.

•  Fourth largest county in Indiana. 

•  Population of 265,559. 

•  In 1830, the Indiana State Legislature officially designated the county.

•  In 1831, South Bend became the county seat.


With South Bend, Indiana, as the cultural hub and economic center of a multi-county, bi-state region, St. Joseph County gives you comfortable, convenient living with easy access to regional opportunities. In fact, in less than an hour's drive you can find yourself at a beach along the sand dunes of Lake Michigan or, in the other direction, enjoying quaint Amish Country. From tranquil country vistas to the excitement of vibrant and revitalized downtowns, Greater South Bend/Mishawaka is a great place to live.


Here, you can actually live where you work, with average commute times of only 20 minutes. Our region offers many varied job opportunities for you and your family. You may also be surprised at the abundance of big city amenities in our area, but reassured to find that we still take the time to nod to our neighbors and welcome our newcomers.


We are a community of young people, a community of professionals and educators, a community steeped in the visual and performing arts, and a community with a variety of nationally recognized not-for-profits focused on the social safety net. We are a community  that cares.




St. Joseph Valley offers a mix of both public and private schools for primary education, and has a variety of secondary education opportunities from technical schools to major universities.


Public schools include: South Bend Community School Corporation; School City of Mishawaka; Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation; New Prairie United School Corporation; Union-North United School Corporation; and John Glenn School Corporation.


Private / Parochial schools include: The Stanley Clark School; South Bend Hebrew Day School; Marion High School; and St. Joseph High School.


Colleges & Universities include: Bethel College; Davenport University; Holy Cross College; Indiana Tech; Indiana University South Bend; ITT Technical Institute; Ivy Tech Community College; Purdue University School of Technology; Saint Mary's College; Trine University; University of Notre Dame; and the Yeshiva of South Bend. The Logan Center offers support for those with mental and physical disabilities.

The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley is a member of The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County. The Chamber is a not-for-profit membership organization whose goal is to help businesses do business.