Jewish Community Archives

Collections

The archives is working to digitize its photographs and publish finding aids to its collections. Click here to view our constantly growing collections database.

Photographs

The archives holds more than 25,000 photographs representing Federation, its member agencies, Metro Detroit, and local families. As our collections database only holds a fraction of our collection, please contact us if you do not find what you are looking for online.

Many of our photographs are unidentified. If you recognize an individual (or location) in a photograph on our collections database, please use the “send feedback” button to help us identify it. Click here to view our digital database.

Researchers wishing to publish, exhibit, or redistribute our photographs must contact us for permission. Reproduction and Usage Fees.

Oral Histories

The archives holds more than sixty oral histories conducted with leaders and individuals in the Detroit Jewish community. Their stories bring the past to life, and document the beginnings of many Detroit Jewish communal organizations. Thanks to a generous grant from the family of Pauline and Albert Dubin, we will be conducting several oral history interviews on an annual basis.

While we work to add the oral history interviews to our collections database, please contact us with inquiries regarding those interviewed.

Oral Histories Interviews

  1. Erwin Simons
  2. Edythe Jackier
  3. Matilda Brandwine
  4. Melba Winer
  5. Jack Miller
  6. Marvin Goldman
  7. Mandell Berman
  8. Mike Zeltzer
  9. Samuel Frankel
  10. William Davidson
  11. Eugene Applebaum
  12. Brewster Broder
  13. Vivian Berry
  14. Alan E. Schwartz
  15. Graham Orley
  16. Emery Klein
  17. Oscar Feldman
  18. Larry Jackier
  19. David Handleman
  20. Avern Cohn
  21. Robert Naftaly
  22. Robert Benyas
  23. Herbert Kaufman
  24. Judith Cantor
  25. Stuart Hertzberg
  26. David Bittker
  27. Dulcie Rosenfeld
  28. Penny Blumenstein
  29. Jack Robinson
  30. Mark Hauser
  31. Conrad Giles
  32. Jane Sherman
  33. Joel Tauber
  34. Lynda Giles
  35. Carolyn Greenberg
  36. Michael Maddin
  37. Hugh Greenberg
  38. Joe Orley
  39. Mark Schlussel
  40. Rabbi Sherwin Wine
  41. David Page
  42. Ruth Broder
  43. Douglas Bloom
  44. Linda Klein
  45. Sharon Hart
  46. Susie Citrin
  47. Alan Nachman
  48. Robert Aronson
  49. Robert Slatkin
  50. Doreen Hermelin
  51. Ellen Labes
  52. Helen Zuckerman
  53. Irving Laker
  54. Ed Meer
  55. Sol Drachler
  56. Peter Alter
  57. Barbara Nuremberg
  58. Nancy Grosfeld
  59. Norman Pappas
  60. Edward Levy
  61. Manny Charach
  62. Michael Berke
  63. Natalie Charach
  64. Norman Katz
  65. Florine Mark
  66. Richard Krugel
  67. Sharon Alterman
  68. Morton Plotnick
  69. Nora Barron
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11-17-2005
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10-25-2012
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Manuscript Collections

The records and personal papers collections in our archives range from hundreds of boxes to one folder. This is not an inclusive list of our holdings; we are working to complete the processing of collections and publication of finding aids.

* Collection housed at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs. To view finding aids to those collections, go to the Jewish Community Archives Collection.

Jewish Community Archives Collection

  • Adat Shalom Synagogue Records*
  • American Jewish Congress Records
  • Benyas Photographic Negative Collection*
  • Birmingham Temple Records*
  • B’nai B’rith Records*
  • B’nai David Synagogue
  • Brandeis University Women’s Committee Records*
  • Congregation Beit Kodesh Records*
  • Fresh Air Society/Camp Tamarack Records
  • Gershon Weiner Papers
  • Glennwood ORT Records*
  • Janice Charach Gallery Records*
  • JARC Records*
  • Jewish Community Center*
  • Jewish Community Council (now the Jewish Community Relations Council) Records*
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Records*
  • Jewish Home for the Aged Records*
  • Jewish Senior Life Records*
  • Leonard N. Simons Papers*
  • Mizrachi Records*
  • National Council of Jewish Women Records*
  • Neighborhood Project Records*
  • Philomathic Debating Club Records
  • Pevin Family Papers
  • Philip Slomovitz Papers*
  • Robert Aronson Papers
  • Sholem Aleichem Institute Records*
  • Sidney Siegel Film Collection
  • Sinai Hospital Records*
  • Sinai Hospital Guild Records*
  • Small Collections*
  • Sol Panush Records*
  • Soviet Jewry Collection
  • Paul Zuckerman Papers

Donate a Collection

We are always looking for collections that document the Detroit Jewish Experience, such as family histories, family journals, the records of local Jewish communal organizations and Federation member agencies, and artifacts of significant interest to the community at large.

We also are looking for photographs that capture Jewish communal life in Detroit. Of particular interest are photographs of neighborhoods, synagogues, businesses, life cycle events. We also welcome materials that document the immigrant experience of Jews who settled in Detroit.

If you have a collection you would like to donate, please contact us.

Digital Database

The archives is working to digitize its photographs and publish finding aids to its collections. Click here to view our constantly growing collections database.

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