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Welcome to the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives Online Database!

Our mission 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, local Jewish community organizations, and the papers of Detroit's Jewry.

The Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives holds more than two million documents, 25,000 photographs and 100 oral history interviews. This catalog is a small but growing representation of our collection. Please contact us if you do not find what you are looking for.

Featured Collections!

Images from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit from the 1920s - present.

    Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Photograph Collection

      Explore events throughout the history of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
      Photographs range from the 1920s - 2000s. For the most current photographs, visit Flickr

Oral History Collection.

    Oral History Collection

      Listen to first-hand accounts and reflections of Detroit's Jewish history through those who have lived it.

Manuscript Collection.

    Manuscript Collection

      Browse our vast collection of organizational records and personal and family papers.

Support the Archives by becoming a "Friend!"

As a "Friend of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives," you will receive membership benefits such as behind-the-scenes tours of archival repositories and museums and invitations to programs and lectures. In addition, your gift of $36 annually will help us continue to collect and preserve the history of Jewish Detroit.

Click here to become a "Friend"

Tips for Searching

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image. The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog.