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The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to collecting and preserving historical documents, photographs, and memorabilia of the Jewish community of Greater New Haven.

Join us on Wednesday, January 18, at 7 PM to speak with digital artist Cynthia Beth Rubin! Rubin’s work flows across man...
01/03/2024

Join us on Wednesday, January 18, at 7 PM to speak with digital artist Cynthia Beth Rubin! Rubin’s work flows across many forms of new media, including prints, videos, and interactive works. Based in New Haven, her studio practice extends from New York City to Rhode Island and beyond. As an early adopter of digital imaging, Rubin transitioned away from drawing and painting in the early 1980’s. Recently, Rubin has been experimenting with combining plankton with medieval Hebrew Manuscripts. This work is inspired both by a residency in the Menden-Deuer lab at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and research she undertook in the late 1980s exploring the motifs of cultural distinction in a tradition of ongoing commentary, reinterpretation, and embellishment. Rubin considers how the unknown meanings implied in the layered text interrelate with the unknown in science, as well as the similarities in pattern and form between microscopic life and decorative patterns developed hundreds of years ago.
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The Judaica Project series is a collaboration with the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life at Quinnipiac University and is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven wishes you a happy and healthy 2024! As we ring in the New Year, we w...
01/03/2024

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven wishes you a happy and healthy 2024! As we ring in the New Year, we want to express our appreciation and gratitude for your continued support, so:
Welcome to our new members!
Thank you to our current members!
If you're not a member, we encourage you to become one!

Our organization relies on membership dues to ensure that we are able to achieve our goals. Your support is vital to fulfill our mission to preserve the history of Jewish New Haven. Donations, gifts to the collection, and volunteers are always welcome!
https://jewishhistorynh.org/

Photographs from the Jewish Home for the Aged Development Office records, December 1998.

01/02/2024

It's Public Domain Day!
HathiTrust estimates over 66,000 items are entering the public domain in the United States. Browse online at https://www.hathitrust.org/press-post/coming-in-january-2024-new-public-domain-titles/

When the Library reopens tomorrow (Jan. 2) you can also see our Public Domain exhibit highlighting books, music, and film from 1928 (all available for checkout), and a special exhibit on Steamboat Willie, the Disney Corp., and copyright.

Happy New Year to all!

We're hiring, apply to be our Managing Archivist! This position will be responsible for managing and providing access to...
01/02/2024

We're hiring, apply to be our Managing Archivist! This position will be responsible for managing and providing access to JHSGNH’s archival, library, and museum collections, as well as implementing new professional standards and practices. This may include expansion of a recently adopted collection management system and digital collections platform (CollectiveAccess / Connecticut Collections), updating policies and protocols around acquisition, cataloging, and digitization. Among the key projects will be implementation of a digital preservation system, resuming collection of oral histories and acquiring the archives of Congregation B’nai Jacob, the oldest Eastern European congregation in New Haven. The Managing Archivist will help with reference requests, co-manage JHSGNH’s electronic communications, social media, and website, contribute to monthly and annual programs, and assist with exhibit curation and grant writing.
https://www.nycarchivists.org/jobs/13291618
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QkIJfD2hTuRfs1VHwEpd62jgB7_vYmL7/view

We had a great Judaica Project session in November with Ruth Simon McRae on her  project! You can find the recording on ...
12/28/2023

We had a great Judaica Project session in November with Ruth Simon McRae on her project! You can find the recording on our YouTube channel here:
https://youtu.be/RrwJDWh7bA0

Ruth recently had an exhibit of her work at the Memphis Jewish Community Center. It closes today, but you can check out the virtual tour!
https://youtu.be/NFM7oWHMWOo

We were thrilled to host another Judaica Project session on the sixth day of Hanukkah with Rabbi Reena Judd of the Peter...
12/27/2023

We were thrilled to host another Judaica Project session on the sixth day of Hanukkah with Rabbi Reena Judd of the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life at Quinnipiac University! Rabbi Judd shared her extensive and varied menorah collection with us. We're a little obsessed with vintage electric menorahs, here's our favorite from her collection. You can find the recording on our YouTube channel here:
https://youtu.be/4ac4dOg3THA

JHSGNH and Hereld House are thrilled to present the Judaica Project! Please join us for monthly Zoom sessions on Judaica, Jewish art, and what these mean to you. This series is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

12/22/2023

JOB OPENING: the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven is hiring a managing archivist, with an ideal start date in March, 2024.

More: https://www.nycarchivists.org/jobs/13291618

"The Managing Archivist will be responsible for managing and providing access to JHSGNH’s archival, library, and museum collections, as well as implementing new professional standards and practices. This may include expansion of a recently adopted collection management system and digital collections platform (CollectiveAccess / Connecticut Collections), updating policies and protocols around acquisition, cataloging, and digitization."

Send resume and cover letter to email a resume and a brief cover letter to [email protected].

12/22/2023
Happy sixth night of Hanukkah! We're kvelling over this Hanukkah children's book by Kinneret Chiel, brilliant nonagenari...
12/12/2023

Happy sixth night of Hanukkah! We're kvelling over this Hanukkah children's book by Kinneret Chiel, brilliant nonagenarian and widow of Rabbi Arthur Chiel z"l of Congregation B'nai Jacob and one of our founders. We are thrilled that we recently conducted an oral history with Kinneret, our first in many years. First published by Friendly House Publishers in 1959, this cover is the second edition published by KTAV Publishing House in 1976. We are very happy to have a signed copy in our collection.

Don't forget to join us on Zoom for a very special Hanukkah Judaica Project session with Rabbi Reena Judd tomorrow at 2 PM:
https://fb.me/e/9kFLSz72t

12/07/2023
Happy first night of Hanukkah! We wish you a happy holiday filled with light and peace. Don't forget to join us on Zoom ...
12/07/2023

Happy first night of Hanukkah! We wish you a happy holiday filled with light and peace. Don't forget to join us on Zoom for a very special Hanukkah Judaica Project session with Rabbi Reena Judd on Wednesday at 2 PM:
https://fb.me/e/9kFLSz72t

Images: Hanukkah wallpaper courtesy of , collage of menorahs from JHSGNH's collection, menorahs from Rabbi Judd's collection.

DIFFERENT DAY AND TIME: Wednesday, December 13, at 2 PMJoin us for a very special Hanukkah Judaica program! Rabbi Reena ...
12/01/2023

DIFFERENT DAY AND TIME: Wednesday, December 13, at 2 PM
Join us for a very special Hanukkah Judaica program! Rabbi Reena Judd will share her extensive and varied menorah collection with us. Rabbi Judd has been the campus rabbi and director of the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life at Quinnipiac University since 2005. She is an avid Judaica collector whose home is filled with vibrant art of all kinds.

JHSGNH and the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life at Quinnipiac University are thrilled to present the Judaica Project! Please join us for monthly Zoom sessions on Judaica, Jewish art, and what these mean to you. This series is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.
https://fb.me/e/9kFLSz72t

Session 1 - The Evolution of the American Synagogue at Congregation Mishkan Israelhttps://fb.me/e/2zYOYc6q5The CMI Broth...
11/29/2023

Session 1 - The Evolution of the American Synagogue at Congregation Mishkan Israel
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The CMI Brotherhood of Men and Women, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Temple Beth Sholom Hamden, JHSGNH, and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven invite you to explore the depths of American Jewish history and connect with the stories that shape our times. In a period that has tested our community's resilience, it's important to come together to understand the influences that impact our lives. Our community stands at a crucial point, considering our identity, beliefs, and sense of security. "Meeting the Moment" is a thoughtful space for engaging conversations, expert perspectives, and finding a way forward. This is an opportunity to address our challenges with insight and collective effort towards building bridges of understanding and unity. Please join us for a meaningful exploration of these topics. Participating contributes to a dialogue that can lead to positive change. Reserve your place and be part of crafting a hopeful future for our community. Participants will receive recommended but optional reading for each sesThe CMI Brotherhood of Men and Women, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Temple Beth Sholom Hamden, JHSGNH, and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven invite you to explore the depths of American Jewish history and connect with the stories that shape our times. In a period that has tested our community's resilience, it's important to come together to understand the influences that impact our lives. Our community stands at a crucial point, considering our identity, beliefs, and sense of security. "Meeting the Moment" is a thoughtful space for engaging conversations, expert perspectives, and finding a way forward. This is an opportunity to address our challenges with insight and collective effort towards building bridges of understanding and unity. Please join us for a meaningful exploration of these topics. Participating contributes to a dialogue that can lead to positive change. Reserve your place and be part of crafting a hopeful future for our community. Participants will receive recommended but optional reading for each ses via email.

The cost of the program is $36 for all four sessions. The registration fee includes participation for 1 or 2 persons. A single person can attend four sessions for $36 or two persons can attend the four sessions for the same $36. When registering, only select 1 ticket in the drop-down for the number of tickets. This will allow you to enter 1 or 2 participants. Registration includes coffee and bagels. It is possible to attend individual sessions. The registration fee for individual sessions is $18. The series is generously supported by a Community Impact Grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. The seminars are open to the New Haven area Jewish community.

11/28/2023

Yiddish Book Center fellows Charlotte Apter, Joseph Reisberg, and Caleb Sher, together with bibliographer David Mazower, unpacked a historic donation of the 500

It is with much sadness that we share the passing of one of our Past Presidents, Burton S. Levine, last week. Burton die...
11/28/2023

It is with much sadness that we share the passing of one of our Past Presidents, Burton S. Levine, last week. Burton died in Yale New Haven Hospital, minutes before Thanksgiving, 2023. The cause was pancreatic cancer. Age 75, he lived quietly and with dignity. He worked variously as a social science researcher; free-lance writer/book reviewer; college teacher at UConn Hartford, Trinity College, and was Professor Emeritus at Central Connecticut State University. His survivors include his wife; his brother; and three generations of beloved cousins. We send our deepest condolences to his family. May his memory be for an eternal blessing.

Burton Levine was devoted to our organization's work and to our archives in particular. He recently donated a collection of his writing for which we are most grateful. These two covers are from journals for which Burton particularly enjoyed writing. You can learn more about his writing here:
https://archives.library.wcsu.edu/caoSearch/catalog/mss52_levine

11/16/2023

In his non-fiction work, Singer often portrayed himself as the sole guardian of the annihilated world of Polish Jewry.

11/16/2023

"What we stay alive for" -- sounds like a lovely description of the humanities to us.

Check out our friends at Southern!
11/14/2023

Check out our friends at Southern!

Join the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven and  textile artist and designer Ruth Simon McRae to discuss Jud...
11/02/2023

Join the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven and textile artist and designer Ruth Simon McRae to discuss Judaic textile arts! Ruth’s artistic work includes painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, ceramics, and especially textile arts. Several years ago, she began slowly creating a series of 24 tallitot using various techniques including collage with vintage materials. We’ll learn more about her tallitot while discussing the intersection of vintage textiles, Judaism, and art.
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Ruth Simon McRae is an interior furnishing industry consultant and designer, teacher, and artist working in multiple media. She holds an M.S. in Textiles from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. Her education also includes the University for the Arts in Philadelphia and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Ruth’s artistic work includes painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, ceramics, and especially textile arts. She is inspired by color, pattern designs, and fabrics and textiles, especially their textures. Several years ago, Ruth began slowly creating a series of twenty four tallitot using various techniques including collage with vintage materials. Each tallit revolves around a particular concept, the first was “Trees”, and features evocative combinations of materials, one added in response to the last like a painting, to create a harmonious whole.

JHSGNH and the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life at Quinnipiac University are thrilled to present the Judaica Project! Please join us for monthly dialogues on Judaica, Jewish art, and what these mean to you. This series is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

Check out this Wexler Oral History Project of the Yiddish Book Center production showing in Newtown!
10/31/2023

Check out this Wexler Oral History Project of the Yiddish Book Center production showing in Newtown!

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is excited to present Ver Vet Blaybn? (Who Will Remain?) a feature-length documentary film that follows one woman’s journey to understand her grandfather, the Yiddish writer Avrom Sutzkever.

This exclusive Connecticut screening at Edmond Town Hall will feature a live Q and A with the filmmaker, Christa Whitney.

This event is part of the C.H. Booth Library’s Stories of Exile program series, and is made possible through a special grant from Friends of CH Booth Library- Newtown, CT.

This event is free to attend. Please register by visiting https://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/xp_newpopevent.cfm?zeeOrg=CHBOOTH&EventID=7320270&sw=1600

10/31/2023
Please join the Ethnic Heritage Center at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library for an open house this Sunday, Octob...
10/27/2023

Please join the Ethnic Heritage Center at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library for an open house this Sunday, October 29, from 2-4PM! Learn about the EHC's Walk New Haven program and the history of Downtown and Lower Dixwell. See the Beinecke's Facebook event for more info:
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Yizkor books came up in our Judaica project session last Thursday. We weren't familiar with them and we don't hold any i...
10/26/2023

Yizkor books came up in our Judaica project session last Thursday. We weren't familiar with them and we don't hold any in our collection, so we wanted to share this important Jewish history resource with all of you.

Yizkor (memorial) books document individual Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust. They were published mostly in Yiddish or Hebrew by former residents and mutual aid societies to record homes, people, and ways of life that were lost. Yiddish Book Center, NYPL The New York Public Library, Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem, and many other institutions hold collections of Yizkor books, some of which have been digitized and translated into English. You can find one example, the Yiddish Book Center's NYPL-Yiddish Book Center Yizkor Book Collection, here:
https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yizkor-books

Images courtesy of Yad Vashem

If you missed our annual award ceremony and brunch honoring Robyn Teplitzky, you can watch it on our YouTube channel!
10/25/2023

If you missed our annual award ceremony and brunch honoring Robyn Teplitzky, you can watch it on our YouTube channel!

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven's 2023 annual award ceremony and brunch was held on October 15, 2023, in honor of Robyn Teplitzky.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Judaica Project session last Thursday with ! We had a great discussion on Jewish ...
10/25/2023

Thank you to everyone who attended our Judaica Project session last Thursday with ! We had a great discussion on Jewish material history, books, and finding community online. Please check out the Instagram and website for this project, which speaks deeply to our own goals to preserve and promote regional Jewish history:
https://www.shtetlbaby.com/

JHSGNH is so proud to have helped our community come together on Sunday, October 15, to honor Robyn Teplitzky and suppor...
10/24/2023

JHSGNH is so proud to have helped our community come together on Sunday, October 15, to honor Robyn Teplitzky and support each other and Israel at this crucial time. Thank you to all of you who donated and attended!

Thank you to Robyn, our MC Vivian Kantrow, the event committee and sponsors, the staff of the JCC of Greater New Haven who hosted us, and Chef Adam of A Taste of Eden Milford who catered the event. They are the ones who made the event possible. Our work would not be possible without the continuing generous support of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, our Board of Directors, members, and staff.

You can always support us by becoming a member on our website:
https://jewishhistorynh.org/support-jhsgnh/

You can learn more about the Jewish Federation's response to the crisis in Israel by visiting their website: https://www.jewishnewhaven.org/

Photographs courtesy of Allen Samuel Photography and Gary Drucker.

We are so proud to have helped our community come together on Sunday, October 15, to honor Robyn Teplitzky. Thank you to...
10/24/2023

We are so proud to have helped our community come together on Sunday, October 15, to honor Robyn Teplitzky. Thank you to all of our supporters, everyone who came out to honor Robyn, and everyone who made donations in her honor! She is and has always been an exemplar of leadership and service in our community and beyond. Robyn inspires us to be outstanding in everything we do.

We deeply appreciate the ongoing support of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven, and the staff of the JCC of Greater New Haven who hosted our event and made it possible.

And thank you as always to the New Haven Independent for the great reporting they do on local issues and organizations!

This write-up was submitted by Jewish Historical Society President Michael Dimenstein. Last Sunday, more than 200 members and friends of the Jewish community gathered to recognize Robyn Teplitzky’s four decades of leadership, advocacy, and service…

Join us tonight at 7 PM to discuss Jewish material history. This is one of the signature sessions of our Judaica Project...
10/19/2023

Join us tonight at 7 PM to discuss Jewish material history. This is one of the signature sessions of our Judaica Project series and is not to be missed! You can find the Zoom link here:
https://fb.me/e/1fmV3N5Vw

Founded in 2021 as an online community, Shtetl Baby celebrates Jewish material history—in and out of the Shtetl. Carefully sourced from around the world, the Shop offers a wide variety of (mostly vintage and some new) books, tchotchkes, ceremonial objects and more. Shtetl Baby believes that objects tell stories and hold meaning, and aims to celebrate this beauty with their community every day. Read more about it in Vogue!
https://www.vogue.com/article/shtetl-baby-online-vintage-dealer-interview

JHSGNH and the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life at Quinnipiac University are thrilled to present the Judaica Project! Please join us for monthly dialogues on Judaica, Jewish art, and what these mean to you. This series is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

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270 Fitch Street
New Haven, CT
06515

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:30am - 12pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 12pm
Thursday 8:30am - 12pm
Friday 8:30am - 12pm

Telephone

(203) 392-6125

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