Robbie Terman

Robbie Terman, Executive Director of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Robbie Terman was born in Detroit, Michigan. Her childhood was filled with tales about the glory days of Detroit and its active Jewish community. Now she gets to live that history as the director of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a certification in Archival Administration from Wayne State University. As an archivist, she strives to bring recognition to stories forgotten by time.

Blog Posts

Flyer for Betty Friedan's 1963 Presentation in Detroit

From the Archives: To Volunteer or Not to Volunteer? The Betty Friedan Conundrum

Robbie Terman

Betty Friedan helped pave the way for women in the workforce, and the world is better for it. But, contrary to her early advice, we should not forget the contributions of volunteers to our society.

Ruth Franklin Einstein

From the Archives: Saturday Luncheon Club

Robbie Terman

With the wonders of social media, I have a place to ponder the fate of Jimmy Hoffa and share anecdotes that I find in the archives. In 1921, a group of women with curious minds found a different method to uncover and share stories: The Saturday Luncheon Club (SLC).

Medical Care at the Fresh Air Camp

From the Archives: Who Will Tell Your Story?

Robbie Terman

The lyrics caught my attention. It was a quiet day in the archive and a volunteer asked if she could play the Hamilton soundtrack. As a history buff, I’ve been fascinated by the musical since it hit Broadway. But on this day, it was one song in particular that spoke to me: “Who lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story.”

Topics: Jewish History
Mrs. Sidney Allen

From the Archives: The Challenge of Identification

Robbie Terman

I recently received a research request for a photograph of a woman named Gertrude Glogower. At the time, the only thing I knew about her was that she was a past president of the Greater Detroit section of the National Council for Jewish Woman, whose records we hold.

Blanche Hart

From the Archives: Blanche Hart, the Jane Addams of Detroit

Robbie Terman

The year Blanche Hart was born, the United States celebrated its 100th birthday. The telephone was patented, Mark Twain published The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and the Transcontinental Express train traveled from New York City to San Francisco in just 83 hours and 39 minutes.

Topics: Volunteers
Lea Rubel, An Advocate for Senior Rights in Detroit

From the Archives: The Power of a Voice

Robbie Terman

‘Tis the season, once again, when we are asked to make our voices heard. With 200 million people registered to vote in 2016, some voters wonder if an individual can really effect change. Lea Rubel would tell you that just one voice can make all the difference. She spearheaded a community-led campaign for low-cost senior housing in Detroit in 1965. This is one of the many letters she wrote to Jewish leaders.

Topics: Civil Rights

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