JCA: Jewish Family Service Records

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Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit (JFS) is a social service organization for the Detroit-area Jewish community. Founded in 1928, the organization was created from the joining of the Hebrew Ladies Sewing Circle and the Self Help Circle. JFS mostly aided Jewish families new to America until the aftermath of the WWII. After the war, JFS worked towards the resettlement of Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees displaced by the Soviet Union. Today, JFS performs a variety of social services for the greater southeast Michigan community.
These records are made up of a variety of materials documenting the many projects and internal operations of JFS. The Photographic Materials series and the Major Services and Programs series reflect the organization's special events and campaigns. The Committees and Manuals series along with Inter-Agency Material series provide a window into the internal operations and day-to-day work of JFS through correspondence, staff training booklets and meeting records. Scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings and photographs, highlight the notable accomplishments and prominent members of JFS. The Architectural Records series contains oversized blueprints and drawings of several facilities constructed to expand the operations of JFS.

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