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
Nov
19

Saving Lives When Disaster Strikes: An Evening with Dr. Ofer Merin

Join us as we welcome renowned Israeli cardiac and trauma surgeon Dr. Ofer Merin to Detroit for this special community-wide event presented by Federation’s Maimonides Society. Dr. Merin will speak about his experiences in the field and the challenges of providing medical care in disaster zones and responding to terror incidents.  Monday, November 19 | […]

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Nov
24

Latke Vodka

Latke Vodka has a new beat, and it’s about to drop. Late Night Food | Ca$h Bar | 21+ Only | Dietary Laws Observed

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Wine Down
Nov
28

NEXTGen Interfaith Couples Wine Tasting

NEXTGen Interfaith Couples is kicking off the year with a wine tasting event. Wednesday, November 28, 7:00 to 9:00 pm “Wine down” with NEXTGen Detroit Interfaith Couples! Join us for a private wine tasting with our friends at Michigan By The Bottle and the opportunity to get to know other local interfaith couples. Ticket price […]

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Dec
2

Israel Education Symposium – Building A Community Thread

with special guest speaker Dr. Zohar Raviv, International VP Of Education, Taglit-Birthright Israel Come join us in building a community thread, a shared language throughout the community regarding Israel and Israel education. Join educators, lay leaders and professionals of leading community organizations and be a part of the conversation. December 2, 2018 | 9:0O AM […]

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