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
Jul
24

EmpowHer Detroit

Presented in partnership with NEXTGen Detroit and Jewish Working Women’s Network Join us as we hear firsthand about the successes and trials of young, female entrepreneurs in Detroit. Four female social media influencers in the health & wellness field will represent at this panel discussion. Stick around for a Q & A with the panelists, […]

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Jul
27

Good Shabbos Detroit Family Edition: Shabbat in the Sun

NEXTGen Detroit and JFamily are celebrating Tu B’av, the Jewish holiday of love, with a special Shabbat service and dinner with Adat Shalom Synagogue! Families should bring a blanket for this outside service followed by a BBQ dinner. Games and activities during dinner! Friday, July 27th, 2018 5:45 pm Adat Shalom Synagogue 29901 Middlebelt Rd. […]

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Aug
8

Jewish Working Women’s Network’s Annual Summer Event

Join the Jewish Working Women’s Network for the Annual Summer Event featuring Andrea Wolf of Organize Detroit Wednesday, August 8 | 6 – 8 PM at the home of Barbara Zaltz in Huntington Woods. (address will be sent to you a week prior to the event) Couvert – $18 per person Questions? Contact Marianne Bloomberg […]

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Aug
26

Detroit Ride for the Living

Sunday, August 26th | 9 AM The Krakow JCC’s Annual Ride for the Living is a 55 kilometer bike ride from Auschwitz to JCC Krakow that commemorates Jewish history and celebrates the miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in Poland today. This year, JFMD’s Israel & Overseas Department  and the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit are pedaling in solidarity and organizing a satellite ride right here […]

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