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
Jul
24

NEXTWork Happy Hour at Gran Castor

Wednesday, July 24 | 5:00 PM Rub elbows, swap business cards and join the over 450 young Jewish professionals who have discovered that the best networking in Detroit is at NEXTWork. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, this event is free of charge. Gran Castor 2950 Rochester Rd Troy, MI 48083 Cash bar. Light […]

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Jul
25

NEXTGen Detroit’s Wine Tasting & Cheese Pairing at Detroit Vineyards

July 25 | 7 PM Detroit Vineyards 1000 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207 Cost: $25 per person | Space is extremely limited Working with a collection of Michigan and Detroit-based grape growers, Detroit Vineyards is making amazing wines right here in the Motor City — and we’re going to taste them! Our favorite cheese experts […]

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Jul
28

NEXTGen Detroit and The Well Present: Soul Flow

Sunday, July 28 | 12 NOON – 2 PM The Collective @ True North 4699 16th St #8 Detroit, MI 48208 Join us for an afternoon of guided Kabbalah learning, yoga and meditation. Rabbi Yedwab of Temple Israel will be our teacher on this spiritual Sunday Funday at The Collective at True North. Stick around after class […]

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Aug
13

Building (and Crossing) the Bridge Between Work and Home

Women’s Philanthropy’s Jewish Working Women’s Network is excited to welcome Jordana Strosberg, GM’s Global Advanced Technology & Mobility Communications Manager, for a special networking and Q & A event. Named in PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 list, Jordana served as the Executive Communications Manager for GM CEO Mary Barra prior to her current role. Jordana makes […]

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