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Accession number 2003.01
Object Name Manuscript
Title Josephine Weiner Papers
Collection Josephine Weiner Papers
Date 1927-2000
Scope & Content This collection is arranged in two series: Series I: Personal and Professional, and Series II: Photographs. Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject. While most of the collection is focused on Josephine Weiner, some materials on her father, Milford Stern, her husband, Leonard Weiner, and Leonard's father Sam are also included. A plaque has been removed and stored with oversized materials.
Admin/Biographical History Josephine "Jo" Weiner was born on April 8, 1912 to Milford and Mollie (Sillman) Stern. Weiner attended Detroit public schools, then spent a semester at the National Park Women's Finishing School in Maryland. She earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in English at the University of Michigan (where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa). Later, Weiner earned a teaching certificate at Wayne State University. In 1936, she married Leonard Weiner, and they had one daughter, Sarah.

After graduating college, Weiner jumped into volunteering full-time. In 1934, she became the founding president of the Junior Council of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Detroit section and was later elected Detroit section president. The Council Thrift (resale) Shops, designed to provide a source of affordable clothes and household goods to new Americans displaced by World War II, were an innovation created during her tenure. Weiner also served on the Council's national board, and was the national president from 1967-1971.

Weiner helped to establish the School for Research and Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Women's Committee of United Community Services in Detroit, the Women's Division of the Jewish Welfare Federation, Orchards Children's Services, and Women in Community Service (WICS).

Weiner was widely recognized as a selfless advocate and tireless worker. A five-year Josephine S. Weiner Lecture Series on Volunteerism was held at Wayne State University from 1995-2000. The NCJW also established the Josephine S. Weiner Community Service Award. Her list of awards and honors is extensive.

Weiner died October 24, 2000.
Extent of Description .63 Linear Feet
Credit line Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms National Council of Jewish Women
People Weiner, Josephine
Weiner, Leonard
Stern, Milford
Finding Aid Click here to view Finding Aid.