Jewish Community Archives

The mission of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives is to collect, preserve and make available for research the records of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, United Jewish Foundation, Federation’s member agencies and local community organizations.

Jewish Community Archives

About the Archives

Established in 1991, the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives document the rich and varied history of the Detroit Jewish community.

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Finding Aids

Finding Aids are a descriptive tool that help describe our more than 70 collections of Detroit Jewish history.

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Oral History Archives

The oral history collection of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives seeks to tell the history of Jewish Detroit through the recollection of those who lived it.

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Digital Database

The archives is working to digitize its photographs and publish finding aids to its collections.

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Cemetery Index

The Irwin I. Cohn Michigan Jewish Cemetery Index aims to record every Jewish burial in Metro Detroit.

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Friends of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives

By becoming a “Friend,” you will receive membership benefits such as behind-the-scenes tours of archival repositories and museum, invitations to programs, and lectures.

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A timeline of Federation and its member agencies.

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Upcoming Events


Latke Vodka 15

Latke Vodka is making another move down Woodward and popping up at the Garden Theater this year. Don’t miss Jewish Detroit’s 15-year long tradition of meeting up with hundreds of your closest friends the Saturday night after Thanksgiving at the biggest holiday party of the season.

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Can we count on you this #GivingTuesday?

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9 – 11 AM and 4 – 8 PM. Please join us for two special #GivingTuesday community-wide telethons on December 3 from 9 to 11 AM and from 4 to 8 PM. #GivingTuesday is an international day of philanthropy that celebrates generosity worldwide. Here at the Jewish Federation, we are gearing up to make this global day of giving […]

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