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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Digital Database

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

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Oral Histories

The archives holds more than sixty oral histories conducted with leaders and individuals in the Detroit Jewish community.

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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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Timeline

A timeline of Federation and its member agencies.

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Jewish Genealogy – Moving Forward

If you have taken our Introduction to Jewish Genealogy seminar or have the basics down but you’re not sure what to do next, the Moving Forward session is for you.

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Upcoming Events

Sarit Shani Hay
Nov
16

Women Making A Difference in Israel: Meet Entrepreneur Sarit Shani Hay

Award-winning Industrial Designer Sarit is known for her dynamic spaces and has been featured in the Israel Museum. She also works with the Israeli-Arab community. Friday, November 16, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El 7400 Telegraph Road , Bloomfield, MI $10 in advance/$15 at the door | Lite bites Register

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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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