Endowed by the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Fund, every page of both the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the Detroit Jewish News – beginning in 1916 – is now at your fingertips…fully searchable, fast and free.

Our Purpose


The Detroit Jewish News Foundation, through its William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, is the Michigan Jewish community’s indispensable source of primary information that educates, illuminates and makes relevant the community’s past, strengthens its present and shapes its future.

The foundation fortifies links to family and community by providing visitors to the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History a first-class, innovative, enjoyable multi-media experience.

The backbone of the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History is comprised of the entire contents of the Detroit Jewish News (1942-present) and the Detroit Jewish Chronicle (1916-1951). Collectively, they span approximately 100 consecutive years of community and family history.

The Detroit Jewish News Foundation is an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. It was formed in 2011 to pursue an educational, cultural and scholarly mission focusing on illuminating the ongoing story of the Detroit area Jewish community and its families. In support of this mission, the foundation digitized and made available the entire contents of the Detroit Jewish News in November of 2013. It digitized and made available the entire contents of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle in October of 2015.

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Please note NEW Search Instructions

Enter a search term – name or phrase – into the “Search All” box in “quotation marks”. Both the Jewish News and the Jewish Chronicle will be searched. The search results will provide a list of pages of the publications that contain your search term.

To browse back issues of both the Jewish News and the Jewish Chronicle, use the “Browse” button on the top right of the page.

Click on the image from the list, and the page that contains your search term will be viewed. Your search terms will be highlighted on the page. The search can be narrowed by clicking on a decade to the left of the page.

At the top of the page and to the right are instructions for downloading and other options. New feature! Now you can click page by page through an entire issue.

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