Center for Jewish History

Center for Jewish History 3/13/2020 - Please visit our website for updates on our current hours: https://www.cjh.org/visit/plan-your-visit The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture and heritage.

The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The collections span a thousand years, with more than five miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films and photographs.

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If you’ve missed going to concerts, attending shows, and participating in sing-alongs maybe you need a tune-up? Join eac...
01/11/2021

If you’ve missed going to concerts, attending shows, and participating in sing-alongs maybe you need a tune-up? Join each week for Music Monday.

From the collection of Leo Baeck Institute - New York is a portrait of the Fraenkel children playing piano and singing. F 9481
#musicmonday #song #singer #favoritesong #listentothis #musicians #radio #artist #band #concert #orchestra #piano

Before he became a photojournalist for The China Post, Emile Bocian worked at midtown PR firm Mayo & Associates.  It was...
01/11/2021

Before he became a photojournalist for The China Post, Emile Bocian worked at midtown PR firm Mayo & Associates. It was there that he befriended Chan Canasta, a mentalist and TV celebrity magician, known from appearances on the Ed Sullivan, Arlene Francis, and Jack Paar shows.

This negative features Chan Canasta, a young Mel Brooks, and an unknown figure. To view more images from An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown visit exhibits.cjh.org/bocian This exhibition is a collaboration with Museum of Chinese in America.

If you knew Emile Bocian or have stories about the people or locations featured in this exhibition, we want to hear from you! E-mail us at [email protected]

National Endowment for the Humanities Humanities New York New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Mel Brooks
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Join our Genealogy Coffee Break this Tuesday, January 12 when we will chat live with our guest while repeating the broad...
01/10/2021

Join our Genealogy Coffee Break this Tuesday, January 12 when we will chat live with our guest while repeating the broadcast of writer and researcher at Center for Jewish History, Ben Piven's story of his application for a Spanish passport based on heritage of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.
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Free and public! There is no registration, no log-in, no activation button. Just follow or like this page: Center for Jewish History here on Facebook and at 3:30pm ET watch the live video and chat with us, the librarians of CJH, and Ben Piven.
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Bundle up and enjoy the trek into the archives with us on Winter Weekends. From the collection of Yeshiva University Mus...
01/10/2021

Bundle up and enjoy the trek into the archives with us on Winter Weekends. From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a snow scene in a park. Created by Anton Hollander circa 1950, this is possibly Central Park in New York City. 1991.157
#winter #winterweekends #weekends #sunday #SundaySnow #SnowMuchFun #archives #history #centralpark Central Park

In the summer of 1982, residents of Chinatown rolled out the welcome mat for Big Bird, who was visiting from Sesame Stre...
01/08/2021

In the summer of 1982, residents of Chinatown rolled out the welcome mat for Big Bird, who was visiting from Sesame Street to film the opening sequence of the PBS special BIG BIRD IN CHINA. Emile Bocian photographed the joyful moment the towering, eight-foot, bright-yellow canary skated across the street with his friend Barkley, a group of children, and a police officer. To see more images of visitors to the neighborhood go to exhibits.cjh.org/bocian.

AN UNLIKELY PHOTOJOURNALIST: EMILE BOCIAN IN CHINATOWN is a collaboration between CJH and the Museum of Chinese in America It features never-before-seen images by Bocian, the son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, who developed a two-decade long relationship with the community.

National Endowment for the Humanities Humanities New York New York City Department of Cultural Affairs PBS Thirteen WNET New York Sesame Street
#museumfromhome #museum #photooftheday #photo #photography #photographer #chinatown #camera #pic #moment #picoftheday #throughthelens #unlikelyphotojournalist #onlineexhibition #nyc #newyork

The Center for Jewish History is celebrating 20 years of history, culture, and heritage.On October 8, 2015, a special ev...
01/08/2021

The Center for Jewish History is celebrating 20 years of history, culture, and heritage.

On October 8, 2015, a special event was held at the Center commemorating the 30th anniversary of the murder of Leon Klinghoffer aboard the Achille Lauro cruise ship. In 1985, terrorists representing the Palestinian Liberation Organization stormed the ship, murdering Leon Klinghoffer, who was vacationing with his wife and friends. His tragic death became a rallying cry in the fight against terrorism.

From the collection of The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) is the American flag used at the funeral of Leon Klinghoffer. Mr. Klinghoffer was a veteran. 2015.017.01

If you would like to share memories and photos of your visits to the Center, please tag us at #CJH20 or e-mail [email protected] and we will happily post them on social media. American Sephardi Federation The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) Yeshiva University Museum Leo Baeck Institute - New York YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

At the heart of the collections of the five partner organizations at the Center for Jewish History are the lives and sto...
01/08/2021

At the heart of the collections of the five partner organizations at the Center for Jewish History are the lives and stories of individuals and their families.

From the collection of Leo Baeck Institute - New York is a photograph of an unidentified man and woman dancing, c. 1924. F 80588

#allinthefamily #family #families #dance #dancing
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Leo Baeck Institute - New York The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) Yeshiva University Museum American Sephardi Federation

Join us for an exciting behind-the-scenes look at our new online exhibition presented with the Museum of Chinese in Amer...
01/07/2021

Join us for an exciting behind-the-scenes look at our new online exhibition presented with the Museum of Chinese in America. An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown features never-before-seen images of Manhattan’s Chinatown in the 1970s and 80s.

Co-curators Kevin Chu, Collections Manager at MOCA, and Lauren Gilbert, Senior Manager of Public Services at CJH, will discuss Bocian's life, his collection, and the genesis of the exhibition. Bocian’s grandniece and nephew will also be in attendance to share their memories.

Emile Bocian (1912-1990) was the child of Jewish immigrants who spent the last two decades of his life living and working in Chinatown as a photojournalist for The China Post, a Chinese-language daily. He photographed protests, celebrations, and scenes of daily life, as well as storefronts and streetscapes that provide a glimpse into a vanishing New York.

Pay as you wish. To register http://ow.ly/SO8q50D2CNB

National Endowment for the Humanities Humanities New York New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
#museumfromhome #museum #photooftheday #photo #photography #photographer #chinatown #camera #pic #moment #picoftheday #throughthelens #unlikelyphotojournalist #onlineexhibition #nyc #newyork

Family History Today: Researching your Family History in Israel from HomeSearching for records of your family in Israel ...
01/07/2021

Family History Today: Researching your Family History in Israel from Home

Searching for records of your family in Israel can be daunting. Join us Thursday, January 21 at 2 pm. Garri Regev, President of the Israel Genealogy Research Association will provide a helpful overview of the types of records available online and where to focus your efforts. Learn about alternatives to vital records and how you can create a vivid picture of how your ancestors lived in Israel. Pay as you wish. To register visit https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/family-history-today-2021-01-21

Humanities New York National Endowment for the Humanities New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York City Council
#family #genealogy #ancestors #israel #history #archives

Check out this great article from Gothamist.com about the new online exhibition, An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Boci...
01/06/2021
A Nearly Forgotten Photo Archive Becomes A Vivid Exhibit Of Chinatown's Past

Check out this great article from Gothamist.com about the new online exhibition, An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown. This is a collaboration between the Museum of Chinese in America and CJH.
https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/nearly-forgotten-photo-archive-emile-bocian-chinatown-nyc

#museumfromhome #museum #photooftheday #photo #photography #photographer #chinatown #camera #pic #moment #picoftheday #throughthelens #unlikelyphotojournalist #onlineexhibition

The exhibit curated by MOCA and the Center For Jewish History focuses on the work of Emile Bocian, a largely unknown photojournalist who died in 1990 and took tens of thousands of photos of Asian New Yorkers.

Did you ever hit a roadblock during your research? Our experts are here to help. Look for our tips every Tuesday, and co...
01/05/2021

Did you ever hit a roadblock during your research? Our experts are here to help. Look for our tips every Tuesday, and connect with us at [email protected]
#tiptuesday #tuesdaytip #genealogy #family #archives #history #cjhconnects #cjhcares

01/05/2021
Researching Early American Jewish Families

Did your family arrive in America before the mass migrations of the 1800's and 1900's? We show you how to locate sources on your family and the Jewish communities in which they settled at the Center for Jewish History and beyond.
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If you’ve missed going to concerts, attending shows, and participating in sing-alongs maybe you need a tune-up? Join eac...
01/04/2021

If you’ve missed going to concerts, attending shows, and participating in sing-alongs maybe you need a tune-up? Join each week for Music Monday.

From the collection of The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) is a poster from 1986 announcing a performance of the Andy Statman Klezmer Orchestra at the Metropolitan Synagogue of Greater New York. The evening was a show of support and commitment to Soviet Jewry. aa-i181a-002
#musicmonday #song #singer #favoritesong #listentothis #musicians #radio #artist #band #concert #orchestra #klezmer
The Andy Statman Trio

At the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute you can search for the truth, research ancestors who risked it all, and ...
01/04/2021

At the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute you can search for the truth, research ancestors who risked it all, and unlock family mysteries. What did you learn as a result of your research at the Center? Did you find and meet a long lost relative? How did you solve a puzzle? We want to capture your personal stories of discovery. Enter them here https://forms.gle/KQxwGBKTRrfFBDTK8

Your story may be posted in our newsletter or on social media. It also enters you into a drawing for some great CJH swag like a tote bag or teddy bear (U.S. participants only).
#family #genealogy #history #archives #discovery

Did your family arrive in America before the mass migrations of the 1800's and 1900's? Tomorrow (1/5), we'll show you ho...
01/04/2021

Did your family arrive in America before the mass migrations of the 1800's and 1900's? Tomorrow (1/5), we'll show you how to locate sources on your family and the Jewish communities in which they settled at the Center for Jewish History and beyond.
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Free and public! There is no registration, no log-in, no activation button. Just follow or like this page, Center for Jewish History, here on Facebook, and at 3:30pm ET watch the live video and chat with us.
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Live auto captions are generated. Once broadcast, all videos are available with auto captions in the videos section of this page.

Thank you for supporting the Center for Jewish History this past year. We could not have gotten through these challengin...
01/01/2021

Thank you for supporting the Center for Jewish History this past year. We could not have gotten through these challenging times without you. We look forward to a better 2021 together.

From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is an advertising card wishing patrons of the New York Bazaar a "Very Happy New Year." Oswego, NY, 1883, 2004.106

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year.  A toast to all good things in 2021!From the collection of Leo...
01/01/2021

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. A toast to all good things in 2021!

From the collection of Leo Baeck Institute - New York is a photograph of Freiwillige Sanitätskolonne Nürnberg. Pictured here are 16 unidentified women in 1907 who were part of a medical column, a voluntary organized group of rescue workers who could provide first aid services in times of war and peace. Some of the responsibilities they may have performed were patient transport or putting emergency bandages on patients. F 28388
#NYE #newyear

Last Chance for 2020 Tax-Deductible Donation!We hope that you have enjoyed our live digital programs, free streaming pas...
12/31/2020

Last Chance for 2020 Tax-Deductible Donation!

We hope that you have enjoyed our live digital programs, free streaming past programs, free digital collections, free digital exhibits, and free weekly family history talks and research guides from the comfort of your own home in 2020. It was all possible because of YOU. Your generosity has helped us to adapt to this new world and continue the vital work of preserving our shared Jewish history and bringing the stories of the Jewish people to future generations.

We hope you will consider extending your support as the clock ticks away on 2020. Please make your year-end, tax-deductible donation before midnight tonight! Thanks to a generous donor, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar! cjh.org/donatenow

Thank you, again, for your unrelenting support in 2020, and best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy New Year.

#support #donate #nye #newyear #history #museum #archives #genealogy #family #museumfromhome

Every Object is a Window Into a Person's LifeLieselotte Sommerfeld was 12 years old in 1933 when Adolf Hitler seized pow...
12/30/2020

Every Object is a Window Into a Person's Life

Lieselotte Sommerfeld was 12 years old in 1933 when Adolf Hitler seized power in Germany. As life became very difficult for Jews living in Germany, Lieselotte’s family fled to Holland.

In July 1943, she and her parents were sent to the Vught concentration camp in Holland. Both her mother and her father were deported from Vught, and Lieselotte never saw either of them again. Lieselotte struggled to stay alive while working in what was called the “Philips Kommando,” the workshop of Philips electronics company. There, she and other women made radio parts for airplanes, and other technology equipment needed by the Nazi military.

In June 1944, Lieselotte was deported to Auschwitz. As a skilled worker, she was spared the selection process and instead was sent directly to Birkenau. After some time in Birkenau performing hard labor, Lieselotte was sent to numerous other brutal camps before being liberated.

Years later, her family donated this precious charm bracelet to the Leo Baeck Institute - New York for posterity and preservation. The bracelet was presumably made by Lieselotte in one of the concentration camps she was incarcerated in following Auschwitz in late 1944 or early 1945. Arthur Sommerfeld Collection, Leo Baeck Institute, AR 1983, 2006.172

When you give today to the Center for Jewish History, you ensure that treasured items like this bracelet and the story of Lieselotte survives. http://ow.ly/mhiz50CX0nE

At the heart of the collections of the five partner organizations at the Center for Jewish History are the lives and sto...
12/30/2020

At the heart of the collections of the five partner organizations at the Center for Jewish History are the lives and stories of individuals and their families. From Leo Baeck Institute - New York is a photograph of a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Herbert Buky Collection AR 5143, F 14001
#allinthefamily #family #families
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Leo Baeck Institute - New York The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) Yeshiva University Museum American Sephardi Federation

Did you ever hit a roadblock during your research? Our experts are here to help. Connect with us at gi@cjh.org#tiptuesda...
12/29/2020

Did you ever hit a roadblock during your research? Our experts are here to help. Connect with us at [email protected]
#tiptuesday #tuesdaytip #genealogy #family #archives #history #cjhconnects #cjhcares

If you’ve missed going to concerts, attending shows, and participating in sing-alongs maybe you need a tune-up? Join eac...
12/28/2020

If you’ve missed going to concerts, attending shows, and participating in sing-alongs maybe you need a tune-up? Join each week for Music Monday.

From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is an oil on canvas, c. 1938, entitled, "The Flute Player," by Reuven Rubin, a Romanian-born Israeli-painter and Israel's first ambassador to Romania. 2001.418

#musicmonday #song #singer #favoritesong #listentothis #musicians #radio #artist #band #concert #orchestra #romania #israel

12/28/2020
Family History Today: What's New on Yad Vashem's Shoah Names Database

Over 4.8 million of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices are commemorated in Yad Vashem's online Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names. In this lecture, Serafima Velkovich, an archival researcher in the Reference and Information Department of the Yad Vashem’s Reference and Information Department of the Yad Vashem Archives, will highlight the Central Database’s new features and sources and offer her expert tips on how to utilize it to its fullest potential. In addition, she will provide guidance on the use of other Yad Vashem online resources that are relevant for genealogists.

This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute in cooperation with Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. It is supported, in part, by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem
National Endowment for the Humanities New York City Council New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

We hope you've enjoyed Sunday Shopping and you were inspired by the "finds" from the Center for Jewish History archives....
12/28/2020

We hope you've enjoyed Sunday Shopping and you were inspired by the "finds" from the Center for Jewish History archives.

From the collection of the Leo Baeck Institute - New York is a photograph of women at a market, 1919. Landshut, Dult : Street Scenes. Gertrud Kurth Collection AR 10905, F 25587

#shop #sundayshopping

At the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute you can search for the truth, research ancestors who risked it all, and ...
12/27/2020

At the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute you can search for the truth, research ancestors who risked it all, and unlock family mysteries. What did you learn as a result of your research at the Center? Did you find and meet a long lost relative? How did you solve a puzzle? We want to capture your personal stories of discovery. Enter them here https://forms.gle/KQxwGBKTRrfFBDTK8

Your story may be posted in our newsletter or on social media. It also enters you into a drawing for some great CJH swag like a tote bag or teddy bear (U.S. participants only). #family #genealogy #history #archives

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