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Accession number 1491p4.01
Object Name Manuscript
Title Alliance for Jewish Education
Collection Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Records
Date 1919-2003
Scope & Content This collection is arranged in two series: Series I: Administration and Series II: Jewish Experiences for Families. The bulk of Series I consists of meeting minutes from the Board of Directors, Executive Board and annual meeting, and by-laws. Some correspondence and reports are also included. Series II includes program materials for various J.E.F.F. events. The bulk of Box 4 is materials aimed at Russian Jews and are primarily in Russian. Series I and Series II was processed at different times by two different volunteers. Series I is arranged alphabetically and then in reverse chronology. Series II is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. Series III is arranged mainly alphabetically.
Admin/Biographical History In 1919, the United Hebrew Schools (UHS) was organized under the leadership of Bernard Isaacs as a group of independent Talmud Torahs, in order to provide a Jewish education for youths. In 1926, UHS was one of the charter members of the newly formed Jewish Welfare Federation. A community-wide network of schools devoted to Jewish education developed, including an elementary division, Jewish High School, Midrasha College of Jewish Studies, library and Jewish Education resource center.

In May 1989, United Hebrew Schools voted to change its name to Agency for Jewish Education (AJE). In 1998, the name was changed once more to the Alliance for Jewish Education.

Jewish Experiences for Families (J.E.F.F) was founded in 1986 by Harlene Appelman, through a partnership of the Fresh Air Society, Jewish Community Center, and United Hebrew Schools. It aimed to provide education about Jewish practices and values in an informal setting for unaffiliated and marginally affiliated Jewish families.

J.E.F.F. began with four congregations: Shaarey Zedek, Adat Shalom, Beth Shalom, and Temple Israel, but grew to include many more. It became a model across the country for family programming.

In 1989, J.E.F.F received a permanent endowment from the Mandell L. Berman support foundation of the United Jewish Charities.

Later, J.E.F.F. came under the aegis of the Agency for Jewish Education (now Alliance for Jewish Education), where it remains today as JFamily.

The Jewish Early Education Enhancement Project (JEEEP) was a program that ran under the auspices of the Alliance for Jewish Education from 2000-2001.
Extent of Description 1.6 Linear Feet.
Four Boxes
Credit line Alliance for Jewish Education, Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms Agency for Jewish Education
Alliance for Jewish Education
United Hebrew Schools
Jewish Education for Families
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