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.

Tune in TOMORROW for our GENEALOGY COFFEE BREAK with an expert genealogy librarian from the @centerjewishhistory, Tuesda...
04/06/2020

Tune in TOMORROW for our GENEALOGY COFFEE BREAK with an expert genealogy librarian from the @centerjewishhistory, Tuesdays @ 3:30pm EST, live on Facebook! Discover hints and tricks for online research, and have your questions answered live. This week we'll be discussing Newspapers and how to use them in your research! If you have a topic you'd like us to cover, write to us at [email protected].
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Photo from the Leo Baeck Institute, call # F 4396

03/31/2020
CJHTalks: Phil Rosenthal in Conversation with Marjorie Ingall

Many people are using this time at home to try baking more - but we don't really recommend trying some of the vintage recipes we fed Phil Rosenthal from our cookbook collection last fall. Watch his talk with Marjorie Ingall now!

https://youtu.be/5azkZvvE9a0

November 4, 2019 at the Center for Jewish History Everyone knows Phil Rosenthal loves to eat. The star of the hit series, Somebody Feed Phil, and co-creator ...

Mid-12th century monastic manuscripts. Nazi newspapers. "Jewish Ritual Murder" Facebook books. Some myths can persist ov...
03/30/2020

Mid-12th century monastic manuscripts. Nazi newspapers. "Jewish Ritual Murder" Facebook books. Some myths can persist over centuries, cultures, and continents. Join us April 7 @ 4pm live on Zoom for "Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth" RSVP at the link in our bio.

Mid-12th century monastic manuscripts. Nazi newspapers. "Jewish Ritual Murder" Facebook books. Some myths can persist ov...
03/30/2020

Mid-12th century monastic manuscripts. Nazi newspapers. "Jewish Ritual Murder" Facebook books. Some myths can persist over centuries, cultures, and continents. Join us April 7 @ 4pm live on Zoom for "Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth" RSVP @ teterzoom.bpt.me

Whether it's a long weekend or a long time social distancing, a genealogy project is an amazing way to establish routine...
03/27/2020

Whether it's a long weekend or a long time social distancing, a genealogy project is an amazing way to establish routines, lower stress, and connect with your family. We shared some great project ideas on our blog to help you get started! Link in our bio!

03/26/2020
Need some #ThursdayMotivation to finally start your family genealogy project? Join us right here LIVE at 1pm EST today t...
03/26/2020

Need some #ThursdayMotivation to finally start your family genealogy project? Join us right here LIVE at 1pm EST today to find out everything you need to know to begin!

Preparing for Passover feel a little bit different this year? Check out @YUMuseum's latest blog on the story behind this...
03/25/2020

Preparing for Passover feel a little bit different this year? Check out @YUMuseum's latest blog on the story behind this beautiful painting "Market Before Passover" by David Dzienciarski. Find the link in our profile!

The tragedy that struck the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on March 25, 1911 led to a labor revolution that transformed the...
03/25/2020
LibGuides: Subject Guide: Labor History: Introduction

The tragedy that struck the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on March 25, 1911 led to a labor revolution that transformed the country.

Jewish history intersects with many different periods of reform and radical change throughout the centuries, and Jews played a vital role in the U.S. Labor Movement. Learn more through the collections of the Center's partners: http://libguides.cjh.org/LaborHistory

Archival and library highlights found at the Center relating to labor history and the individuals and organizations that fought for equal rights in the workplace.

We have updated information regarding our temporary closure due to the #coronavirus outbreak. Please click through for m...
03/24/2020

We have updated information regarding our temporary closure due to the #coronavirus outbreak. Please click through for more details. Thank you for all your support!

https://www.cjh.org/visit/plan-your-visit

It's #NationalPuppyDay! And we want to let you know that we've got PLENTY of vintage puppy pictures available in our dig...
03/23/2020

It's #NationalPuppyDay! And we want to let you know that we've got PLENTY of vintage puppy pictures available in our digital collections at access.cjh.org. Try to find your favorite! 🐶💛
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📸: "Unidentified Woman; with Dog; New York City" @leobaeckinstitute, call # F 10938

It's #NationalPuppyDay! And we want to let you know that we've got PLENTY of vintage puppy pictures available in our dig...
03/23/2020

It's #NationalPuppyDay! And we want to let you know that we've got PLENTY of vintage puppy pictures available in our digital collections at access.cjh.org. Try to find your favorite! 🐶💛
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📸: "Unidentified Woman; with Dog; New York City" @leobaeckinstitute, call # F 10938

How can I find out IF I have any Jewish ancestors? Why can't I find my ancestor on the ship they said they immigrated on...
03/23/2020

How can I find out IF I have any Jewish ancestors? Why can't I find my ancestor on the ship they said they immigrated on?

Get all your genealogy questions answered this Thursday at 1pm!

Looking for something more productive to do at home than binging Netflix? Why not start a new genealogy project! We'll be hosting a LIVE Q&A on Facebook next Thurs., 3/26 at 1pm to answer your pressing genealogy research questions. Make sure to follow us and tune in!

Looking for something more productive to do at home than binging Netflix? Why not start a new genealogy project! We'll b...
03/19/2020

Looking for something more productive to do at home than binging Netflix? Why not start a new genealogy project! We'll be hosting a LIVE Q&A on Facebook next Thurs., 3/26 at 1pm to answer your pressing genealogy research questions. Make sure to follow us and tune in!

For #WomensHistoryMonth, check out our blog on Florence Mendheim, the Jewish NYPL The New York Public Library librarian ...
03/18/2020
The NYPL Librarian Who Spied on the Nazis

For #WomensHistoryMonth, check out our blog on Florence Mendheim, the Jewish NYPL The New York Public Library librarian who went undercover to gather information on Nazi-associated groups in 1933. Her collection is held by the Leo Baeck Institute - New York and is available online!

https://blog.cjh.org/index.php/2019/03/19/the-nypl-librarian-who-spied-on-the-nazis/

[caption id="attachment_2959" align="alignright" width="303"] Portrait of Florence Mendheim, from the Leo Baeck Institution[/caption] Florence Mendheim was a Jewish librarian for the New York Publi

03/17/2020
Hamill and Haberman | Stories of New York

"Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis." This #StPatricksDay, revisit last fall's amazing talk with Pete Hamill and @ClydeHaberman on the Irish- and Jewish-American communities in NYC.

https://youtu.be/-rFOaJoRauc

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...

Don't let social distancing stop you from learning! That's why we're making sure our research librarians are here to hel...
03/13/2020

Don't let social distancing stop you from learning! That's why we're making sure our research librarians are here to help to help - online! Check out the Center's primer to the #archives from anywhere in the world: http://libguides.cjh.org/CJHArchivalResearch And feel free to send direct questions to [email protected]!
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📸: Beth Hatefutsoth Photo Archive from the @HIASrefugees collection at @AJHSNYC, call # 5822974

After reviewing the current and fast-moving state of affairs with regard to the #coronavirus, we have decided to close t...
03/12/2020

After reviewing the current and fast-moving state of affairs with regard to the #coronavirus, we have decided to close the Center effective at 3:00 pm on March 13th through the end of the month. Click here for more information: https://www.cjh.org/visit/plan-your-visit

Happy #Purim from the Center for Jewish History!📸: Photograph of the cast of a Sephardic community’s Purim playNew York,...
03/10/2020

Happy #Purim from the Center for Jewish History!

📸: Photograph of the cast of a Sephardic community’s Purim play
New York, 1936
Collection of @YUMuseum

03/08/2020
International Womens Day

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Celebrate by visiting the new The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) exhibit on Emma Lazarus, the 19th century Jewish poets who worked tirelessly in the aid of the beliefs evident in her iconic poem, “The New Colossus.” This exhibit features an interactive digital storybook inside a recreated parlor, head to cjh.org for more information on how to visit!

Carola S. Trier was a dancer, acrobat, and a roller-skating contortionist, who fled Germany during WW2. She opened one o...
03/04/2020

Carola S. Trier was a dancer, acrobat, and a roller-skating contortionist, who fled Germany during WW2. She opened one of the first Contrology studios (with Joe and Clara Pilates' blessing) and developed many dancer stretching techniques still in use today. #WomensHistoryMonth
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From the @leobaeckinstitute Carola S. Trier collection, http://access.cjh.org/170759

03/02/2020
"Cinema and Sanctuary" Trailer

The Institute of Film Techniques at The City College of New York exposed thousands of working class kids raised on Hollywood movies to the power of documentary. Join us for a special screening and filmmaker Q&A of Cinema and Sanctuary on March 16! cinemaandsanctuary.bpt.me

https://vimeo.com/381937846

"Cinema and Sanctuary" tells the astonishing story of Hans Richter and the first documentary film school in the USA—The Institute of Film Techniques…

He's the most iconic escape artist who ever lives - but what kind of man was Harry Houdini? Join us for a book talk on M...
02/25/2020

He's the most iconic escape artist who ever lives - but what kind of man was Harry Houdini? Join us for a book talk on March 31 with author Adam Begley, in discussion with Margalit Fox, on HOUDINI: THE ELUSIVE AMERICA! https://jewishlives1.bpt.me/

“For this iconic artist to be teaching little Jewish kids from the Bronx was inherently absurd.” Join us on March 16 for...
02/21/2020

“For this iconic artist to be teaching little Jewish kids from the Bronx was inherently absurd.” Join us on March 16 for a special screening and discussion of CINEMA AND SANCTUARY, the story of America’s first documentary film school and the avant-garde artist Hans Richter. Tickets at cinemaandsanctuary.bpt.me

Happy #LoveYourPetDay! But really, isn't that every day? 🐶😻_📸 : from the @leobaeckinstitute photo collection,  c. 1960s....
02/20/2020

Happy #LoveYourPetDay! But really, isn't that every day? 🐶😻
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📸 : from the @leobaeckinstitute photo collection, c. 1960s. Call # F 32694

What stories can be uncovered from a late 19th-century photo album? Check out our latest blog to find out at https://blo...
02/19/2020
German-Jewish Americans at Home the Turn of the Last Century: A Late 19th-Century Photo Album

What stories can be uncovered from a late 19th-century photo album? Check out our latest blog to find out at https://blog.cjh.org/index.php/2020/02/14/german-jewish-americans-at-home-the-turn-of-the-last-century-a-late-19th-century-photo-album/

“. . . the [Jewish) religion which was to be prized and saved is fast becoming a watery Unitarianism, and its adherents are allowing themselves, where permitted, to become completely assimilated. Re

The Center for Jewish History is closed today for President’s Day. We reopen tomorrow at our regularly scheduled hours.
02/17/2020

The Center for Jewish History is closed today for President’s Day. We reopen tomorrow at our regularly scheduled hours.

Happy #ValentinesDay! With collections spanning 5,000 years and thousands of archival documents and volumes, we often sa...
02/14/2020

Happy #ValentinesDay! With collections spanning 5,000 years and thousands of archival documents and volumes, we often say that the Center is filled with stories. It stands to reason, then, that some of those must be love stories 💖

📸: @AJHSNYC @HIASrefugees collection
@ Center for Jewish History

It's only the best day of the year! Make sure to celebrate your favorite ladies in your life this #GalentinesDay! 📸: "Tw...
02/13/2020

It's only the best day of the year! Make sure to celebrate your favorite ladies in your life this #GalentinesDay!

📸: "Two Women near the beach in Blankenberge" undated, from @leobaeckinstitute. Call # F 27001

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our second program in our @ccnycitycollege series, The City Game! Don’t forget t...
02/12/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our second program in our @ccnycitycollege series, The City Game! Don’t forget to grab your tickets to our final program in this series, Cinema & Sanctuary on March 16! @ Center for Jewish History

Make sure to check out the newest exhibit from the Leo Baeck Institute - New York, "Refuge in the Heights: The German Je...
02/10/2020
New museum exhibit shows history of Jewish migration to Manhattan - amNewYork

Make sure to check out the newest exhibit from the Leo Baeck Institute - New York, "Refuge in the Heights: The German Jews of Washington Heights" - open now!

https://www.amny.com/news/the-villager/exhibition-in-chelsea-shows-history-of-jewish-migration-to-washington-heights/

A new exhibition in Chelsea explores the history of German Jewish migration to Washington Heights during the Nazi era, and how the Jewish communities

"Goodman's book is at once a history of the CCNY team's remarkable championship season... as well as a close look at org...
02/07/2020
Scandal Brings Down A Remarkable College Basketball Team In 'The City Game'

"Goodman's book is at once a history of the CCNY team's remarkable championship season... as well as a close look at organized crime and police corruption in post-WWII New York." Get your tickets now for The City Game, 2/11! https://thecitygame.bpt.me/

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/08/777189246/a-remarkable-college-basketball-team-falls-from-grace-in-the-city-game

The '50 City College of New York Beavers were the only team to win the NIT and the NCAA tournaments. Matthew Goodman's book details how a point-shaving plot came to dominate the team's legacy.

We deeply sympathize with our colleagues at the Museum of Chinese in America. In support of MoCA during this difficult t...
02/06/2020
Museum of Chinese in America strive to save artifacts following five-alarm fire

We deeply sympathize with our colleagues at the Museum of Chinese in America. In support of MoCA during this difficult time, our CJH preservation staff has been volunteering on triaging MoCA collections since the fire.

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-museum-chinese-america-artifacts-20200204-isfitozrkjgzvdde63kj7jun2a-story.html

The museum's more than 85,000 documents, film reels, sewing machines, travel trunks and other items were put at risk by the massive blaze.

Happy National Girls & Women in Sports Day! Thelma "Tiby" Eisen was an outfielder and one of the top players in 1944-52 ...
02/05/2020

Happy National Girls & Women in Sports Day! Thelma "Tiby" Eisen was an outfielder and one of the top players in 1944-52 for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the inspiration behind "A League of Their Own." #NGWSD

📸: @AJHSNYC, call # 1239645

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