About the Archives

The Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives was established in 1991 as a department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available the records of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, United Jewish Foundation, Federation’s member agencies, local Jewish community organizations, and the personal and family papers of Detroit’s Jewry.

Its vast collection of original source materials includes manuscript, photograph, video, oral history, artifact, and the cemetery index.

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Research Services

The Archive’s collections are open to researchers. The collection is housed in two different locations: the Max M. Fisher Federation Building and the Walter P. Reuther library of Labor and Urban Affairs.

The Reuther Library is located on the campus of Wayne State University. It is the preeminent labor archive in North America. The collection also includes urban affairs, with emphasis on the history of metropolitan Detroit. The library houses more than 1,800 individual collections of business, civic and political leaders.

In 1991, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit placed the bulk of its archival holdings in the Reuther Library.

» View the Jewish Community Archives Collection at the Reuther Library

If you would like to view a collection housed at the Reuther Library, please contact their reference archivist to schedule an appointment.

The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs 
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202

Phone: (313) 577-4024

Email: reutherreference@wayne.edu

The Max M. Fisher Federation Building houses a majority of the photograph collection, the oral history collection, cemetery index, and some organizational records and personal papers.

Please schedule an appointment before visiting to ensure availability of the collections and a staff person to assist you.

Max M. Fisher Federation Building
6735 Telegraph Road
Suite 390
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Phone: (248) 203-1491

Email: terman@jfmd.org

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Fridays.

 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Sep
26

Turn the Tables on Structural Vulnerability: A Sukkah X Event

Wednesday, September 26th | 7-9 PM Detroit’s Capitol Park Shelby and State St, 48226 In a city and society marred by systemic housing injustice, what does it mean for us as Jews to celebrate our harvest festival by building and dwelling in intentionally vulnerable and temporary structures as spiritual practice? Hosted at the site of […]

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Oct
3

“Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be”: An Evening with New York Times best-selling author and columnist Frank Bruni

Join us as we welcome Frank Bruni to Detroit for an important conversation about the unnecessary mental anguish students often endure when they measure themselves by the colleges that accept them. Mr. Bruni will share what his research has revealed: that a student’s worth and future success is not determined by the university he or […]

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Oct
9

Jewish Working Women’s Network: Pure Networking

Join the Jewish Working Women’s Network for Pure Networking as we are trying something new! Pure Networking in the AM… October 9 | 7:30 – 9 AM Great Lakes Coffee at the Maple | Coffee is on us!  Questions? Contact Marianne Bloomberg at 248 642 4611 or Bloomberg@jfmd.org

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Oct
25

Jewish Genealogy – Moving Forward

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Max M. Fisher Federation Building 6735 Telegraph Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 If you have taken our Introduction to Jewish Genealogy seminar or have the basics down but you’re not sure what to do next, the Moving Forward session is for you. The Leonard N. […]

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