The Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives is turning 25!

We’re celebrating this milestone anniversary with exciting events throughout 2016.

Download the archives brochure
Download the archives brochure

Creating a Jewish Community Traveling Exhibit

We’ve utilized our massive collection of primary-source documents to develop Creating a Jewish Community, a series of fascinating pop up displays that will appear in public spaces throughout 2016. Each display showcases a different aspect of Jewish life over the past century.

Here’s where we’re popping up each month:

– November –

We’re excited to announce the launch of our traveling exhibit, Creating a Jewish Community! Panels will travel around metro Detroit throughout 2016. Here’s where we are popping up:

Prentis Apartments – Visit the Shtetl in the City panel and follow the journey of 19th century immigrant Jews from Europe to Detroit.

Temple Emanu-elThe Connecting with Israel panel explores Detroit’s relationship with Israel, both pre-1948 and today.

» Explore the Creating a Jewish Community Panels

Thanks to all of our “Pop-Up” Hosts

Akiva Hebrew Day School (March; Shtetl in the City)
Adat Shalom Synagogue (April; Neighborhoods)
Baldwin Public Library (February; Shtetl in the City)
Congregation B’nai Moshe (June; Shtetl in the City and Lending a Hand)
Congregation Shaarey Zedek (March; Neighborhoods)
Congregation Shir Tikvah (March; Lending a Hand)
Detroit Historical Society (Detroit Historical Museum) (April; Shtetl in the City)
Detroit Public Library (July; All Panels)
Friendship Circle (September; Shtetl in the City)
Hillel Day School (April; Connecting with Israel)
Hillel of Metro Detroit (March; Connecting with Israel)
Holocaust Memorial Center (January; Shtetl in the City)
Jewish Community Center (May; Shtetl in the City; Neighborhoods; Lending a Hand; JFMD: A History)
Jewish Family Services (December; Lending a Hand)
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor/Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor (August; Lending a Hand)
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (September; Lending a Hand)
Jewish Senior Life (Fleischman: August; Neighborhoods, Hechtman: August; Neighborhoods, September; Meer, Prentis: November; Shtetl in the City)
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (June; Neighborhoods)
Maple Theater (February; Neighborhoods)
MSU Hillel (April; Lending a Hand)
Southfield Public Library (January; Neighborhoods)
Temple Beth El (December; Shtetl in the City)
Temple Israel (September; Connecting with Israel)
Temple Kol Ami (June; Connecting with Israel)
Temple Shir Shalom (May; Connecting with Israel)
Wayne State University: Undergraduate Library (October; All Panels)
West Bloomfield Public Library (December; Neighborhoods)

Pop-Up Exhibit Schedule

– December –

decemberShtetl in the City- Temple Beth El
Neighborhoods- West Bloomfield Public Library
Lending a Hand- Jewish Family Services
Connecting with Israel- OPEN

Thanks to all of our Sponsors

Michael and Linda Berke
Dr. George and Joyce Blum
Harvey Bronstein
Gerald Cook
Marion Freedman
Dr. Robert and Joan Jampel
Marjorie Krasnick
Michael Maddin
Stanley Meretsky
Mark Milgrom
Dulcie Rosenfeld
Eileen Terman
Charlotte Dubin
The Irving & Ethel Palman Foundation in memory of Irving and Ethel Palman z’l”
The Sylvia Pevin and George Pevin Foundation in memory of Sylvia Pevin and her brother George Pevin z’l”
Eric and Patrice Phillips
Arnold and Dorothy Collens
Ruth Broder
Mandell L. Berman
Doreen Hermelin
Joel Jacob

As the collective memory of Detroit’s Jewish Community, the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for research the records of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, United Jewish Foundation, Federation’s member agencies, local Jewish community organizations, and the papers of Detroit’s Jewry.

Since 1991, the Archive has strived to heighten awareness of the rich and vibrant history of Detroit’s Jewish community through education and outreach. With over 2 million documents, 25,000 photographs and 100 oral history interviews in its care, the Archive ensures current and future generations will have the resources to examine and study the past while celebrating this area’s remarkable Jewish heritage.


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