Jewish Community Archives

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

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2018 Signature Event featuring Susie Essman
May
29

The Signature Event

FEATURING SUSIE ESSMAN: Susie Essman has been traveling and appearing at clubs throughout the country for more than two decades. Much of her comedy draws from her Jewish background. Susie began her career as a working comic, catching the eye of Larry David who cast her in her now iconic role of the strong-willed and […]

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May
30

Challah Back! A Tour & Baking Workshop @ Avalon Bakehouse

Wednesday, May 30th | Time: 5:30 pm Avalon Bakehouse 4731 Bellevue Detroit, MI 48207 What’s better than the smell of freshly baked bread at Avalon? The smell of freshly baked bread that YOU baked at Avalon, that’s what! Join NEXTGen Detroit for a behind-the-scenes tour of Detroit’s famous Avalon Bakehouse. Meet Avalon co-owner and community […]

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Crisis Management Training
May
31

Crisis Management Training

Crisis Management and Disaster Planning Thursday, May 31, 2018, 9am – 3pm (Registration starts at 8:00am) Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 No Cost to Attend | Lunch Provided If your agency, synagogue, or house-of-worship had an active assailant, a missing child, a kidnapping, or any other critical incident, how would […]

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