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.

How will you spend your leisure time this summer? From the collection of Leo Baeck Institute - New York is a photo of an...
08/16/2020

How will you spend your leisure time this summer? From the collection of Leo Baeck Institute - New York is a photo of an unidentified man and two women lounging in a hammock. Eva Lederer Collection, AR 10984, Album 25.
Tag #CJHSummer with your leisure time photos. #SummerSundays #LeisureTime #hammock

The Center for Jewish History is celebrating 20 years of history, culture, and heritage. Each week for 20 weeks, leading...
08/14/2020

The Center for Jewish History is celebrating 20 years of history, culture, and heritage. Each week for 20 weeks, leading up to our anniversary on October 26th, we will be bringing you one moment that has defined us.

#10 - The Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory Opens
In 2005, The Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory opens as a state-of-the-art digitization facility. Its experienced staff works with high-tech collection management systems to produce images, audio files and other digital resources that make delicate and vulnerable treasures from the partners’ archives accessible to a wide audience.

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

Looking for a good read this weekend?  Joel Davidi has the answer.  If you are reading any interesting Jewish books we w...
08/14/2020

Looking for a good read this weekend? Joel Davidi has the answer.

If you are reading any interesting Jewish books we want to hear from you! Visit http://ow.ly/Jjf250AYxey and share your summer reading recommendations with the CJH community. Each entry will enroll you in a drawing for fun CJH swag! (Prizes for U.S. entrants only.) Your review may appear in our e-blasts and on social media. #SummerReading #Books #Reading #Education #JewishHistory #Learning #NYC #NJ Joel S Davidi

We realize that summer vacation probably looks very different this year, so we are inviting you to travel through time w...
08/13/2020

We realize that summer vacation probably looks very different this year, so we are inviting you to travel through time with us every Thursday. Learn about history. Explore places you have never been, and re-visit those you have with photos and other items from our archives. From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a historic and important glass slide showing the interior of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel, ca. 1934, Gift of Av Rivel.
#timetravel #travel #israel #archives #jewishhistory

08/13/2020

Deborah Dash Moore is the editor in chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization. We are looking forward to partnering with The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization for Midwives, Musicians, Soldiers, Rabbis: Whose Stories Will Become Jewish History? Join Elisheva Carlebach, Deborah Dash Moore, Dara Horn, and Itamar Borochov in a discussion about Confronting Modernity, 1750–1880, Vol. 6 of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, edited by Elisheva Carlebach. To RSVP for the program on September 10th at 4 pm visit https://posen.bpt.me/
Leo Baeck Institute - New York YIVO Institute for Jewish Research American Sephardi Federation The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS)

At the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute you can search for the truth, research ancestors who risked it all, and ...
08/12/2020

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. Your entry 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). Don’t forget to include relevant documents and photos.
http://ow.ly/sF3Y50AXsXA

A special shout out to Anaiah!  She is the winner in this week's Summer Reading Schmooze drawing.  If you are reading an...
08/12/2020

A special shout out to Anaiah! She is the winner in this week's Summer Reading Schmooze drawing. If you are reading any interesting Jewish books we want to hear from you! Visit http://ow.ly/17gy50AXEyi submit your recommendation. #SummerReading #Books #Reading #Education #JewishHistory #Learning #NYC #LosAngeles

08/12/2020

CJH in the news... The Center is sharing history one dish at a time. Visit https://www.cjh.org/cookbook/ to support the Center. You will receive a digital copy of the CJH at Home Cookbook and feel enriched by the stories told inside.

Did you ever hit a roadblock during your research? Our experts are here to help. Every Tuesday watch for our librarians'...
08/11/2020

Did you ever hit a roadblock during your research? Our experts are here to help. Every Tuesday watch for our librarians' best tips to help you overcome challenges you may be facing.
#tiptuesday #tuesdaytip #genealogy #archives

08/11/2020
Languages & Alphabets: Genealogy Coffee Break

Learn some basic skills that will help you learn to quickly distinguish writing systems that can lend clues to your genealogy research. How are Berkowitz, Berkovich, and Bercovici the same name? How can you tell the difference between Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino? Is Russian the same as Cyrillic? Explore these questions and more.

The Center for Jewish History has been awarded four significant COVID‑19 emergency relief grants to offer new services a...
08/10/2020
Center for Jewish History Receives NEH CARES and Other Relief Funds for Humanities

The Center for Jewish History has been awarded four significant COVID‑19 emergency relief grants to offer new services addressing the crisis, and to support its mission of preserving and providing access to the largest collection of Jewish history in the world outside of Israel. To read more visit https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Center-for-Jewish-History-Receives-NEH-CARES-and-Other-Relief-Funds-for-Humanities-20200810 National Endowment for the Humanities The New York Community Trust Humanities New York Leon Levy Foundation
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 The Center for Jewish History (the Center) has been awarded four significant COVIDa?'19 emergency relief grants totaling more than $400,000 to offer new services addressing the crisis, and to support its mission of preserving and providing access to the largest collection of Jewish history in the ...

08/10/2020
Eureka! Treasure Troves from the Archives

Welcome to Center for Jewish History summer mini-series featuring our academic community. Fellows, visiting scholars, Scholars Working Groups conveners, and Academic Advisory Council members will share their stories about one finding from the collections that impacted their research. Their responses weave a fascinating and diverse catalogue of scholarship nourished at the Center for Jewish History. This edition of EUREKA features Miriam Schulz, Ph.D. Candidate Columbia University in the City of New York
#archive #history #education #treasures #jewishhistory #CJH20 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Leo Baeck Institute - New York American Sephardi Federation The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) Yeshiva University Museum

What's everybody having for dinner this evening?  Looking for a little inspiration? The CJH at Home Cookbook features fa...
08/09/2020

What's everybody having for dinner this evening? Looking for a little inspiration? The CJH at Home Cookbook features family recipes from Center staff and partner staff and volunteers, along with historical documents and photographs from our archives. Visit http://ow.ly/ueOw50AUEGL to get a taste and support the Center!
Leo Baeck Institute - New York The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) Yeshiva University Museum YIVO Institute for Jewish Research American Sephardi Federation

How will you spend your leisure time this summer? From the collection of Leo Baeck Institute - New York is a photo of tw...
08/09/2020

How will you spend your leisure time this summer? From the collection of Leo Baeck Institute - New York is a photo of two smiling unidentified women with a canoe or “faltboot” from 1927.
Martha Werner Collection AR 7261. Tag #CJHSummer with your leisure time photos. #SummerSundays #LeisureTime #canoe

08/07/2020
Family History Today: Reading between the Lines in your Family’s Papers

In Case You Missed It
Family History Today: Reading Between the Lines in Your Family’s Papers
Michael Simonson head of the Ira S. Lewy Reference Department and the Director of Public Outreach for Leo Baeck Institute - New York provides crucial context to historical documents you might find in your own family history research, allowing you to understand your discoveries on a deeper level.
http://ow.ly/Q5v150ATI2y

Family papers can tell us a lot about our family histories, but without proper historical context, much of what these documents might tell us is lost. In thi...

The Center for Jewish History is celebrating 20 years of history, culture, and heritage. Each week for 20 weeks, leading...
08/07/2020

The Center for Jewish History is celebrating 20 years of history, culture, and heritage. Each week for 20 weeks, leading up to our anniversary on October 26th, we will be bringing you one moment that has defined us.

#9 The Valentin M. Blavatnik Orientation Theater Opens
In 2005, the Valentin M. Blavatnik Orientation Theater reopened after a major redesign, offering visitors an informative and engaging introductory film on the wealth of resources and programs offered at the Center for Jewish History. The theater is suited for both intimate lectures and multimedia presentations. It is one of the first theaters designed specifically for viewing archival images.

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

A special thanks to Jane Gelfand for her Summer Reading Schmooze suggestion!If you are reading any interesting Jewish bo...
08/07/2020

A special thanks to Jane Gelfand for her Summer Reading Schmooze suggestion!

If you are reading any interesting Jewish books we want to hear from you! Share your summer reading recommendations with the CJH community http://ow.ly/M1nU50ASDQ5

Each entry will enroll you in a drawing for fun CJH swag! (Prizes for U.S. entrants only.) Your review may appear in our e-blasts and on social media. #SummerReading #Books #Reading #Education #JewishHistory #Learning #NYC #LosAngeles

Next Tuesday "Identifying languages & alphabets in genealogy research": Learn some basic skills that will help you learn...
08/07/2020

Next Tuesday "Identifying languages & alphabets in genealogy research": Learn some basic skills that will help you learn to quickly distinguish writing systems that can lend clues to your genealogy research. How are Berkowitz, Berkovich, and Bercovici the same name? How can you tell the difference between Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino? Is Russian the same as Cyrillic? Explore these questions and more, next week at the Genealogy Coffee Break!

We realize that your summer vacation probably looks very different this year, so we are inviting you to travel through t...
08/06/2020

We realize that your summer vacation probably looks very different this year, so we are inviting you to travel through time with us every Thursday. Explore places you have never been and re-visit those you have with photos and other items from our archives. From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is an Artview postcard ca. 1950 depicting the Concord Hotel overlooking the 7th green. Gift of Chaim Steinberger.
#timetravel #travel #vacation #holiday #summer #memories #catskills

We want to dish on what we’ve been up to these last few months... During the Center for Jewish History’s closure due to ...
08/06/2020

We want to dish on what we’ve been up to these last few months... During the Center for Jewish History’s closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an idea began to percolate. Since we could no longer kibitz with our colleagues over coffee and rugelach, we needed to find a way to come together. What better way than through food?

The CJH at Home Cookbook features family recipes from Center staff and partner staff and volunteers, along with historical documents and photographs from our archives. There are recipes for kasha varnishkes, noodle kugel, and (many!) for brisket. Visit http://ow.ly/Q5zE50APyuJ to support the Center. You will receive a digital copy of this great cookbook and be transported to places like Israel and Eastern Europe, and you will feel enriched by the stories told inside. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Cover: From the National Jewish Welfare Board, a young girl received a lesson in nutrition & food conservation. The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) I-337.

Leo Baeck Institute - New York YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Yeshiva University Museum American Sephardi Federation
#food #foodie #cooking #JewishCooking

Are you reading any interesting Jewish books this summer? We want to hear from you! Share your favorites with the CJH co...
08/05/2020

Are you reading any interesting Jewish books this summer? We want to hear from you! Share your favorites with the CJH community. http://ow.ly/i4xS50ARCjz
This week's Schmooze review comes from Bebe Regnier.
#SummerReading #Books #Reading #Education #JewishHistory #Learning #NYC #LosAngeles

08/05/2020
Hamill and Haberman | Stories of New York

The Center for Jewish History is deeply saddened by the passing of legendary journalist Pete Hamill. Last September, the Center had the honor of hosting Pete Hamill and Clyde Haberman for a discussion about the Irish and Jewish neighborhoods they came from, the immigrant experience then and now, the tabloid that launched their careers, and the ever-changing city that inspired them. Here is the link to that program http://ow.ly/fzad50ARuzi
Pete Hamill’s stories of New York will never be forgotten.

Journalists Pete Hamill and Clyde Haberman in conversation at the Center for Jewish History on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Growing up in Brooklyn, legendary j...

Did you ever hit a roadblock during your research? Our experts are here to help.  Every Tuesday watch for our librarians...
08/04/2020

Did you ever hit a roadblock during your research? Our experts are here to help. Every Tuesday watch for our librarians' best tips to help you overcome challenges you may be facing.
#tiptuesday #tuesdaytip #genealogy #archives

08/03/2020
Eureka! Treasure Troves from the Archives

Welcome to Center for Jewish History summer mini-series featuring our academic community. Fellows, visiting scholars, Scholars Working Groups conveners, and Academic Advisory Council members will share their stories about one finding from the collections that impacted their research. Their responses weave a fascinating and diverse catalogue of scholarship nourished at the Center for Jewish History. This edition of EUREKA features Glenn Dynner, Professor of Religion Sarah Lawrence College and National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Scholar (2013-2014).
#archive #history #education #treasures #jewishhistory #CJH20 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Leo Baeck Institute - New York American Sephardi Federation The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) Yeshiva University Museum

How will you spend your leisure time this summer? From the collection of @leobaeckinstitute is a charming photo circa 19...
08/02/2020

How will you spend your leisure time this summer? From the collection of @leobaeckinstitute is a charming photo circa 1950 of Rudolf and Rudolfine Menzel in a park with a bicycle. Rudolf and Rudolphina Menzel Collection AR 25014
Tag #CJHSummer with your leisure time photos. #SummerSundays #LeisureTime #bike #bicycle

Have you hit a road block in your family history research or just need a little help getting started? Next Tuesday (8/4)...
07/31/2020

Have you hit a road block in your family history research or just need a little help getting started? Next Tuesday (8/4) at 3:30 PM ET, our genealogy librarians will host an open Q & A session. Bring your burning questions and we'll provide our expert advice.

The Center for Jewish History is celebrating 20 years of history, culture, and heritage. Each week for 20 weeks, leading...
07/31/2020

The Center for Jewish History is celebrating 20 years of history, culture, and heritage. Each week for 20 weeks, leading up to our anniversary on October 26th, we will be bringing you one moment that has defined us.

Center for Jewish History Top 20
#8 - Diane Samuels is Awarded Great Hall Art Commission
In 2002, the Center awarded Pittsburgh artist and sculptor Diane Samuels the commission to create an original, permanent artwork for the two-story-high wall in the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall. Described as an artist “absorbed with the embodiment of language,” Ms. Samuels submitted a winning proposal that combined literal elements from the Center’s collections with a wall-size “mosaic tablet” of approximately 15,000 stone and glass tiles, suggestive of a page of the Talmud. This sculpture would become a permanent installation known as Luminous Manuscript.

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

07/31/2020

In Case You Missed It
Take a culinary tour of Jewish Latin America with esteemed food and culture writer and cookbook author Jayne Cohen. We’ll explore diverse Jewish foodways south of the border.
#food #foodie #jewishcooking #cooking #Argentina #NYC

This week's schmooze recommendation comes from Leona Barsky. She writes, "The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish won the Nat...
07/30/2020

This week's schmooze recommendation comes from Leona Barsky. She writes, "The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish won the National Jewish Book Award in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2019 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. The novel is a story of two women and their professional and personal challenges; a Sephardic Jewish woman from the 17th century living in London who was an immigrant from Amsterdam, and a gentile professor of Jewish history from the 21st century living in London who volunteered on a kibbutz. In alternating chapters, we experience the lives of the two women. The reader learns about the life and scholarship of Ester Velasquez, the secret 17th century Jewish scholar who wrote under another identity, and the life and research of Helen Watt, an aging British scholar of Ester's writings and her research assistant, Aaron Levy, the son of an American Reform rabbi."

If you are reading any interesting Jewish books share your favorites with the CJH community. http://ow.ly/sCFI50AGuNb

07/29/2020

At the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute you can search for the truth; research ancestors who risked it all; and unlock family mysteries. On this episode of Personal Stories of Discovery genealogy researcher Leah Freund uncovers information about her father’s side of the family.
#wednesdaywonders #stories #discoveries #family #ancestry #roots

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