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
Mar
3

Super Sunday 2019

Come Together on Super Sunday…and make the calls that make a difference! Sunday, March 3 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Max M. Fisher Jewish Federation Building 6735 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills MI 48302 From 9 AM to 1 PM, we’ll be making calls, writing thank you notes and raising funds to take care of […]

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Mar
9

EPIC

EPIC is NEXTGen Detroit’s premiere annual fundraising event and the ultimate celebration of community and young Jewish philanthropy. Held at The Fillmore Detroit. Doors at 8 PM. 21+ only. Saturday night chic. Dietary laws observed

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Mar
10

TOV Purim Packages

Join Women’s Philanthropy’s Tikkun Olam Volunteers (TOV) and JFamily in fulfilling the mitzvah of sending Mishloach Manot, Purim Packages! Invite your friends and family to join us for a day of volunteering as we assemble and deliver over 500 Purim Parcels to our community’s Jewish seniors living in non-Jewish housing and to sick children in […]

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Mar
14

Seeds, Snacks and Six Packs

Thursday, March 14 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM Repair the World Workshop 2701 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 Get packing with NEXTGen Detroit and Repair The World: Detroit as we engage in our 5th annual seed packing event for Keep Growing Detroit. Bring your friends for a fun night of doing good, learning and meeting […]

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