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, w

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, w

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From the CollectionsTel Aviv Beach, c.1934Found in the collection of the Yeshiva University Museum this photo depicts Te...
07/09/2021

From the Collections
Tel Aviv Beach, c.1934
Found in the collection of the Yeshiva University Museum this photo depicts Tel Aviv beachgoers enjoying their leisure time in skirts, suits, and hats. It is one of a group of 147 glass lantern slides that were used at Cejwin Camps in Port Jervis, New York, to familiarize American children with Israeli culture. Gift of Av Rivel.
#Israel #beach #TelAviv

From the Collections
Tel Aviv Beach, c.1934
Found in the collection of the Yeshiva University Museum this photo depicts Tel Aviv beachgoers enjoying their leisure time in skirts, suits, and hats. It is one of a group of 147 glass lantern slides that were used at Cejwin Camps in Port Jervis, New York, to familiarize American children with Israeli culture. Gift of Av Rivel.
#Israel #beach #TelAviv

Michelle, whose parents were born and raised in the Russian Empire, recently participated in our Multigenerational Famil...
07/09/2021
Multigenerational Family Storytelling

Michelle, whose parents were born and raised in the Russian Empire, recently participated in our Multigenerational Family Storytelling Workshop, which we presented in collaboration with #CulturePassNYC. In this clip, https://youtu.be/kezgfBIYVBM
she talks about asking her parents what games they played as children. Even simple or “silly” questions can open a window into your relatives’ lives, and their responses may provide new leads in your family history research!

Are you looking for a terrific page-turner? Linda Barry recommends X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II....
07/08/2021

Are you looking for a terrific page-turner? Linda Barry recommends X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II.

If you are reading any interesting Jewish books we want to hear from you! Visit http://ow.ly/3b9Q50FbSi6 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 #Read #Author #authors #writer #writing #JewishHistory #SummerReadingSchmooze

Are you looking for a terrific page-turner? Linda Barry recommends X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II.

If you are reading any interesting Jewish books we want to hear from you! Visit http://ow.ly/3b9Q50FbSi6 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 #Read #Author #authors #writer #writing #JewishHistory #SummerReadingSchmooze

On Tuesday, July 13 at 3:30pm ET (U.S.), join our librarian, J.D., and YIVO Sound Archivist, Lorin Sklamberg, to learn a...
07/08/2021

On Tuesday, July 13 at 3:30pm ET (U.S.), join our librarian, J.D., and YIVO Sound Archivist, Lorin Sklamberg, to learn about and discuss music and cultural heritage in Jewish genealogy.
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On Tuesday, July 13 at 3:30pm ET (U.S.), join our librarian, J.D., and YIVO Sound Archivist, Lorin Sklamberg, to learn about and discuss music and cultural heritage in Jewish genealogy.
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Travel back in time with us. Explore places you have never been, and revisit those you have with photos and other items ...
07/07/2021

Travel back in time with us. Explore places you have never been, and revisit those you have with photos and other items from the archives. From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a 20th century postcard of the Roma Tempio Israelitico Arca Santa (Torah Ark of the Rome Synagogue). On the reverse: The Tourist's Shop, P. E. Chauffourier Piazza di Spagna, 65 Roma.
#timetravel #travel #vacation #holiday #summer #memories
#traveltime #travelphotography #traveltheworld #trip #travelling #photography #traveling #traveler #adventure #Italy

Travel back in time with us. Explore places you have never been, and revisit those you have with photos and other items from the archives. From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a 20th century postcard of the Roma Tempio Israelitico Arca Santa (Torah Ark of the Rome Synagogue). On the reverse: The Tourist's Shop, P. E. Chauffourier Piazza di Spagna, 65 Roma.
#timetravel #travel #vacation #holiday #summer #memories
#traveltime #travelphotography #traveltheworld #trip #travelling #photography #traveling #traveler #adventure #Italy

Sharing this with beginning genealogists and experienced researchers...
07/06/2021

Sharing this with beginning genealogists and experienced researchers...

Looking for a brick wall breakthrough? Wondering what records you should search for?

The IAJGS invites you and the entire genealogical community familiar with researching Jewish ancestry to preview the draft DoJR Record Type Taxonomy for Jewish Genealogy and provide comments from Monday 5 July through Sunday 18 July at https://dojrww.org/taxonomy.

Please share with your fellow genealogists.

From the collection of the Leo Baeck Institute - New York is an etching on paper of a woman sitting upright in bed readi...
07/06/2021

From the collection of the Leo Baeck Institute - New York is an etching on paper of a woman sitting upright in bed reading by artist Ephraim Mose Lilien (1874-1925).

Lilien was an internationally renowned Austrian printmaker, illustrator, and photographer. He is often considered the most prominent Jewish artist to be associated with Art Noveau or Jugendstil, a new international style coming out of the European Secession movement at the turn of the twentieth century. Lilien is particularly noted for his art on Jewish and Zionist themes.

Born in Drohobicz, Galicia (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) in 1874, Lilien's artistic inclinations became evident early in life. He was apprenticed to a sign-maker as a youth and subsequently attended the Academy of Art in Krakow, where he studied under Polish history painter Jan Matejko. In 1899, Lilien moved to Berlin where he became a member of the artists' group Die Kommenden, which included Carl Busse, Stefan Zweig und Börries Freiherr v. Münchhausen. Lilien illustrated Münchhausen’s book “Juda,” with his soon-to-be characteristic Art Nouveau style, in 1900.

He co-founded the Demokratisch-Zionistische Fraktion, a group that espoused Zionism as a way to cultural, political and economic renewal for Jews. In 1901, Lilien worked with Martin Buber to organize an exhibit of Jewish artists at the Fifth World Zionist Conference in Basel. Lilien made four trips to Palestine between 1906-1918 including a trip to Jerusalem in 1906 to assist Boris Schatz in founding the Bezalel Art School. He moved to Braunschweig, Germany in 1921 and died in 1925. 2019.21
#reading #books #book #read #bibliophile #reader #readingtime #reading #writing #literature #author #authors #writers #art #artist

From the collection of the Leo Baeck Institute - New York is an etching on paper of a woman sitting upright in bed reading by artist Ephraim Mose Lilien (1874-1925).

Lilien was an internationally renowned Austrian printmaker, illustrator, and photographer. He is often considered the most prominent Jewish artist to be associated with Art Noveau or Jugendstil, a new international style coming out of the European Secession movement at the turn of the twentieth century. Lilien is particularly noted for his art on Jewish and Zionist themes.

Born in Drohobicz, Galicia (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) in 1874, Lilien's artistic inclinations became evident early in life. He was apprenticed to a sign-maker as a youth and subsequently attended the Academy of Art in Krakow, where he studied under Polish history painter Jan Matejko. In 1899, Lilien moved to Berlin where he became a member of the artists' group Die Kommenden, which included Carl Busse, Stefan Zweig und Börries Freiherr v. Münchhausen. Lilien illustrated Münchhausen’s book “Juda,” with his soon-to-be characteristic Art Nouveau style, in 1900.

He co-founded the Demokratisch-Zionistische Fraktion, a group that espoused Zionism as a way to cultural, political and economic renewal for Jews. In 1901, Lilien worked with Martin Buber to organize an exhibit of Jewish artists at the Fifth World Zionist Conference in Basel. Lilien made four trips to Palestine between 1906-1918 including a trip to Jerusalem in 1906 to assist Boris Schatz in founding the Bezalel Art School. He moved to Braunschweig, Germany in 1921 and died in 1925. 2019.21
#reading #books #book #read #bibliophile #reader #readingtime #reading #writing #literature #author #authors #writers #art #artist

On this day 70 years ago…From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a camp photograph of Bunk 16 at Kinderland ...
07/05/2021

On this day 70 years ago…

From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a camp photograph of Bunk 16 at Kinderland dated July 5, 1951.

Camp Kinderland was located in the Bershires in Tolland, Massachusetts. It was founded by members of the Workmen's Circle in 1923. Although its goal - to provide fresh air and activities for the children of working families - was similar to the goal of other early Jewish camps, this camp emphasized progressive causes including the labor movement.

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Laurence M. Lerner. Laurence Lerner is kneeling second from right.
#kidscamp #summercamp #summer #camp #kids #fun #summerfun #adventure #kidsactivities #daycamp #children #camping #summercamps #outdoors #nature #camplife #summercampfun #workerscircle

On this day 70 years ago…

From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a camp photograph of Bunk 16 at Kinderland dated July 5, 1951.

Camp Kinderland was located in the Bershires in Tolland, Massachusetts. It was founded by members of the Workmen's Circle in 1923. Although its goal - to provide fresh air and activities for the children of working families - was similar to the goal of other early Jewish camps, this camp emphasized progressive causes including the labor movement.

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Laurence M. Lerner. Laurence Lerner is kneeling second from right.
#kidscamp #summercamp #summer #camp #kids #fun #summerfun #adventure #kidsactivities #daycamp #children #camping #summercamps #outdoors #nature #camplife #summercampfun #workerscircle

From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a Council Against Intolerance postage stamp. The goal of the Council...
07/04/2021

From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a Council Against Intolerance postage stamp. The goal of the Council was to educate Americans about the perils of prejudice and how it would undermine national unity. The stamp is inscribed “One Nation Indivisible.” Issued by the Council Against Intolerance [also bigotry, racism, and religious strife] in America, New York, 1943-4. Gift of Cami Green.
#July4th #fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #america #tolerance #unity #together #repost

From the collection of Yeshiva University Museum is a Council Against Intolerance postage stamp. The goal of the Council was to educate Americans about the perils of prejudice and how it would undermine national unity. The stamp is inscribed “One Nation Indivisible.” Issued by the Council Against Intolerance [also bigotry, racism, and religious strife] in America, New York, 1943-4. Gift of Cami Green.
#July4th #fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #america #tolerance #unity #together #repost

From the CollectionsChildren Swimming, Ahawah Children's Home, BerlinThis undated photo of children swimming comes from ...
07/02/2021

From the Collections
Children Swimming, Ahawah Children's Home, Berlin

This undated photo of children swimming comes from the Ahawah Children's Home Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute - New York. The Ahawah (Hebrew for “love”) Children’s Home, founded at the end of World War I by the Jewish Council, housed approximately 120 Jewish children at any given time, many of whom were dropped off by parents unable to care for them.

Unusual for the era, corporal punishment was forbidden, and employees were encouraged to create the atmosphere of a home.

Beate Berger, head of the children’s home beginning in 1922, worked tirelessly throughout the 1930s attempting to relocate the children to Palestine. F 21084.

From the Collections
Children Swimming, Ahawah Children's Home, Berlin

This undated photo of children swimming comes from the Ahawah Children's Home Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute - New York. The Ahawah (Hebrew for “love”) Children’s Home, founded at the end of World War I by the Jewish Council, housed approximately 120 Jewish children at any given time, many of whom were dropped off by parents unable to care for them.

Unusual for the era, corporal punishment was forbidden, and employees were encouraged to create the atmosphere of a home.

Beate Berger, head of the children’s home beginning in 1922, worked tirelessly throughout the 1930s attempting to relocate the children to Palestine. F 21084.

Happy Friday!  Dreams can come true."It is an ongoing commitment rooted in the belief that a woman belongs everywhere a ...
07/02/2021
Yankees make Jewish woman batgirl 60 years after turning her down

Happy Friday! Dreams can come true.

"It is an ongoing commitment rooted in the belief that a woman belongs everywhere a man does, including the dugout." -Brian Cashman
#newyorkyankees #baseball #history #women #sports #MLB #jewishhistory

In 1961, Gwen Goldman was 10 when she asked for the post. The legendary club said “a young lady such as yourself would feel out of place in a dugout.”

The Russian Revolution of 1905 saw a surge of antisemitic violence in the Russian Empire reaching its peak in October of...
07/01/2021

The Russian Revolution of 1905 saw a surge of antisemitic violence in the Russian Empire reaching its peak in October of the same year. This cartoon appeared in November in Di ṿahrhayṭ, a Yiddish-language daily published in New York. The figures representing other nations are turning their backs on the assault of the Jew by a Russian peasant.

Cartoon:
“It’s Not Their Business!
America, Germany, England and France have declared that the slaughter of the Jewish people in the countryside is a ‘foreign internal occurrence’ in which they cannot involve themselves.”

Translated by J.D. Arden, Reference and Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History. This newspaper and others are made available online by the National Library of Israel on the website Historical Jewish Press – http://ow.ly/JHsv50Fb06I

The Russian Revolution of 1905 saw a surge of antisemitic violence in the Russian Empire reaching its peak in October of the same year. This cartoon appeared in November in Di ṿahrhayṭ, a Yiddish-language daily published in New York. The figures representing other nations are turning their backs on the assault of the Jew by a Russian peasant.

Cartoon:
“It’s Not Their Business!
America, Germany, England and France have declared that the slaughter of the Jewish people in the countryside is a ‘foreign internal occurrence’ in which they cannot involve themselves.”

Translated by J.D. Arden, Reference and Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History. This newspaper and others are made available online by the National Library of Israel on the website Historical Jewish Press – http://ow.ly/JHsv50Fb06I

Are you looking for a good book to read this summer?  Virginia Levin recommends Ravenous.If you are reading any interest...
07/01/2021

Are you looking for a good book to read this summer? Virginia Levin recommends Ravenous.

If you are reading any interesting Jewish books we want to hear from you! Visit http://ow.ly/3b9Q50FbSi6 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 #PA #SummerReadingSchmooze

Are you looking for a good book to read this summer? Virginia Levin recommends Ravenous.

If you are reading any interesting Jewish books we want to hear from you! Visit http://ow.ly/3b9Q50FbSi6 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 #PA #SummerReadingSchmooze

Portraits in LGBTQ+ History...Abby Stein is known as the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community, a...
06/30/2021

Portraits in LGBTQ+ History...

Abby Stein is known as the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community, and the first to be ordained as an Orthodox rabbi. In 2015, she founded Sacred Space, a multi-faith project “which celebrates women and non-binary people of all faith traditions.” In 2019, she published a memoir, Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman.

Photo credit: InStyle/Tawni Bannister
#pride #pride2021 #JewishHistory #History

Portraits in LGBTQ+ History...

Abby Stein is known as the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community, and the first to be ordained as an Orthodox rabbi. In 2015, she founded Sacred Space, a multi-faith project “which celebrates women and non-binary people of all faith traditions.” In 2019, she published a memoir, Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman.

Photo credit: InStyle/Tawni Bannister
#pride #pride2021 #JewishHistory #History

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