The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS)

The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) Founded in 1892, AJHS is one of the world's oldest historical societies. AJHS is one of the oldest organizations of its kind. Founded in the year of the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage to the New World, its purpose was to demonstrate through historical scholarship the claim of Jews to full membership in American society.
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To this end it supported publications and lectures for researchers who at that time had no institutional support, as Jewish historians, in mainstream colleges and universities. Today AJHS still supports scholarship through its Academic Council (comprised of most of the leading scholars in the field), its journal "American Jewish History," its public programing, and exhibitions. But mainly AJHS is

To this end it supported publications and lectures for researchers who at that time had no institutional support, as Jewish historians, in mainstream colleges and universities. Today AJHS still supports scholarship through its Academic Council (comprised of most of the leading scholars in the field), its journal "American Jewish History," its public programing, and exhibitions. But mainly AJHS is

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Group cabin photo in the Camp Harlam 1982 yearbook found in the Erica Abel Summer Camp Papers Collection (P-851.)**ID: A...
06/16/2021

Group cabin photo in the Camp Harlam 1982 yearbook found in the Erica Abel Summer Camp Papers Collection (P-851.)
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ID: A group of 15 boys gather together and pose with funny faces, costume pieces, wigs, and shaving cream beards.
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#Jewish #Camp #Summer #History #Fun

Group cabin photo in the Camp Harlam 1982 yearbook found in the Erica Abel Summer Camp Papers Collection (P-851.)
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ID: A group of 15 boys gather together and pose with funny faces, costume pieces, wigs, and shaving cream beards.
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#Jewish #Camp #Summer #History #Fun

Join us for The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams, a conversation with author Jonathan Ned Katz on Wednesday,...
06/15/2021

Join us for The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams, a conversation with author Jonathan Ned Katz on Wednesday, June 23rd at 4pm ET.
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Eve Adams was a rebel. Born Chawa Zloczewer into a Jewish family in Poland, Adams emigrated to the United States in 1912. The young woman took a new name, befriended anarchists, sold radical publications, and ran le***an- and-gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and New York. Then, in 1925, Adams risked all to write and publish a book titled Le***an Love. In a repressive era, long before today’s gay liberation movement, when American women had just gained the right to vote, Adams’s association with notorious anarchists caught the attention of the young J. Edgar Hoover and the US Bureau of Investigation, leading to her surveillance and arrest. In a case that pitted immigration officials, the New York City police, and a biased informer against her, Adams was convicted of publishing an obscene book and of attempted s*x with a policewoman sent to entrap her. Adams was jailed and then deported back to Europe and experienced the Nazis’ reign of terror.
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This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Jewish History. To RSVP: https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/life-of-eve-2021-06-23

Join us for The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams, a conversation with author Jonathan Ned Katz on Wednesday, June 23rd at 4pm ET.
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Eve Adams was a rebel. Born Chawa Zloczewer into a Jewish family in Poland, Adams emigrated to the United States in 1912. The young woman took a new name, befriended anarchists, sold radical publications, and ran le***an- and-gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and New York. Then, in 1925, Adams risked all to write and publish a book titled Le***an Love. In a repressive era, long before today’s gay liberation movement, when American women had just gained the right to vote, Adams’s association with notorious anarchists caught the attention of the young J. Edgar Hoover and the US Bureau of Investigation, leading to her surveillance and arrest. In a case that pitted immigration officials, the New York City police, and a biased informer against her, Adams was convicted of publishing an obscene book and of attempted s*x with a policewoman sent to entrap her. Adams was jailed and then deported back to Europe and experienced the Nazis’ reign of terror.
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This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Jewish History. To RSVP: https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/life-of-eve-2021-06-23

Pages from the "Saratoga Scoop" a camp newsletter found in the Judith Endelman Collection on Summer Camp (P-987.)*Pictur...
06/14/2021

Pages from the "Saratoga Scoop" a camp newsletter found in the Judith Endelman Collection on Summer Camp (P-987.)
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Pictured here: Partial views of two pages of a camp newsletter. The name of the periodical is hand written in block letters while the articles below are typed using a typewriter on construction paper. Text visible is of a news bulletin borrowed from the Associated Press out of DC regarding Soviet and American nuclear tensions, followed by two jokes about elephants. How do you make an elephant float? Put him in a glass with a scoop of ice cream and some 7up.
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#Jewish #History #Camp #Paper #Newspaper #YoungWriters #Jokes #Summer

Pages from the "Saratoga Scoop" a camp newsletter found in the Judith Endelman Collection on Summer Camp (P-987.)
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Pictured here: Partial views of two pages of a camp newsletter. The name of the periodical is hand written in block letters while the articles below are typed using a typewriter on construction paper. Text visible is of a news bulletin borrowed from the Associated Press out of DC regarding Soviet and American nuclear tensions, followed by two jokes about elephants. How do you make an elephant float? Put him in a glass with a scoop of ice cream and some 7up.
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#Jewish #History #Camp #Paper #Newspaper #YoungWriters #Jokes #Summer

Portrait of a group of boys at summer camp, 1934. Inscription reads: "George Lengel, Willie Ferber, Irving Horowitz, Jac...
06/14/2021

Portrait of a group of boys at summer camp, 1934. Inscription reads: "George Lengel, Willie Ferber, Irving Horowitz, Jack Niegler, Louis Altest, Dan Horowitz. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: A group of six boys pose in a cluster smiling at the camera. They wear shorts and t-shirts enjoying the warm weather. The background shows trees and a large cabin.
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#Camp #Summer #Jewish #History #Sun #Friends

Portrait of a group of boys at summer camp, 1934. Inscription reads: "George Lengel, Willie Ferber, Irving Horowitz, Jack Niegler, Louis Altest, Dan Horowitz. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: A group of six boys pose in a cluster smiling at the camera. They wear shorts and t-shirts enjoying the warm weather. The background shows trees and a large cabin.
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#Camp #Summer #Jewish #History #Sun #Friends

Gregg Drinkwater, recent recipient of the 2020 Wasserman Prize for his article published in American Jewish History, “Q*...
06/13/2021

Gregg Drinkwater, recent recipient of the 2020 Wasserman Prize for his article published in American Jewish History, “Q***r Healing: AIDS, Gay Synagogues, Le***an Feminists, and the Origins of the Jewish Healing Movement," speaks with Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman, facilitator and author widely published in the fields of Jewish women's history, q***r theory and contemporary theology. Drinkwater and Litman will discuss the history and practice of how gay and le***an Jewish leaders and their synagogues helped reshape the relationship to healing, spirituality, and personal prayer among American Jews. Join us on June 22nd, 1pm ET.
Sign up: https://forms.office.com/r/TQwi2VuKzi
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ID: On a background of multicolored roses are two black and white photos surrounded by text. One photo of a white man with short hair wearing a collared shirt looking at the camera. The other of a woman with curly hair wearing a prayer shawl and kippah, she is smiling at the camera. The text reads: Q***r Healing: How gay and le***an Jewish leaders and their synagogues helped reshape the relationship to healing, spirituality, and personal prayer among American Jews.
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#Jewish #History #Q***r #NewYorkCity #Synagogue #Community #Healing

Gregg Drinkwater, recent recipient of the 2020 Wasserman Prize for his article published in American Jewish History, “Q***r Healing: AIDS, Gay Synagogues, Le***an Feminists, and the Origins of the Jewish Healing Movement," speaks with Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman, facilitator and author widely published in the fields of Jewish women's history, q***r theory and contemporary theology. Drinkwater and Litman will discuss the history and practice of how gay and le***an Jewish leaders and their synagogues helped reshape the relationship to healing, spirituality, and personal prayer among American Jews. Join us on June 22nd, 1pm ET.
Sign up: https://forms.office.com/r/TQwi2VuKzi
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ID: On a background of multicolored roses are two black and white photos surrounded by text. One photo of a white man with short hair wearing a collared shirt looking at the camera. The other of a woman with curly hair wearing a prayer shawl and kippah, she is smiling at the camera. The text reads: Q***r Healing: How gay and le***an Jewish leaders and their synagogues helped reshape the relationship to healing, spirituality, and personal prayer among American Jews.
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#Jewish #History #Q***r #NewYorkCity #Synagogue #Community #Healing

Julie Salamon speaks with disability rights activist, Judy Heumann about accessibility, dressing for the Oscars, and the...
06/12/2021
At Lunch with Judy Heumann

Julie Salamon speaks with disability rights activist, Judy Heumann about accessibility, dressing for the Oscars, and the gratitude she feels towards her biggest advocates- her parents. Watch it on the AJHS YouTube page: https://youtu.be/G8zxALJLDaI

Julie Salamon sits down with disability rights activist and author, Judith Heumann. Since the 1970's, Judy has worked with a wide range of activist organiza...

Boy in boxing gloves, inscription reads: "Red 'Champ' Lipschitz", 1935. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City ...
06/11/2021

Boy in boxing gloves, inscription reads: "Red 'Champ' Lipschitz", 1935. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: Young boy in shorts and a t-shirt holds up two large boxing gloves as if in mid match. He smiles at the camera enjoying his pose. In the background we see the stretch of a basketball court and tall brick buildings.
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#Jewish #History #Boxing #Gloves #Sports

Boy in boxing gloves, inscription reads: "Red 'Champ' Lipschitz", 1935. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: Young boy in shorts and a t-shirt holds up two large boxing gloves as if in mid match. He smiles at the camera enjoying his pose. In the background we see the stretch of a basketball court and tall brick buildings.
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#Jewish #History #Boxing #Gloves #Sports

06/11/2021

It is our pleasure to announce that this year’s Saul Viener Book Prize is awarded to "The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The History of a Multibillion-Dollar Institution" by Lila Corwin Berman (Princeton University Press, 2020). Berman’s timely and provocative book starts with a seemingly simple observation about the importance of philanthropic giving in American Jewish life and opens up to reveal a complex and compelling story about unexpected connections between communal institutions, politics, and money. Berman’s fluid writing style makes the nuances of tax law fascinating and accessible, and her sophisticated analysis situates a story about Jewish philanthropy firmly within the development of American ideas about wealth, social good, and the balance between public and private interests. "The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex" brings valuable and important new questions and ideas to the field of American Jewish Studies.


Honorable Mentions for this year’s Saul Viener Book Prize are awarded to "The Jews' Indian: Colonialism, Pluralism and Belonging in America" by David Koffman (Rutgers University Press, 2019), which explores the ways that Jews used economic, legal, and social encounters with Native Americans to situate themselves within American racial hierarchies; and to "Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice" by Rachel Gross (New York University Press, 2021), which redefines categories of analysis by demonstrating how engagement with Jewish genealogy, historical sites, children’s literature, and food are themselves forms of American Judaism. Both books meaningfully broaden the field of American Jewish Studies through their thought-provoking and creative scholarship.

Camp Massad camping activity patches dating from 1941-1965. Part of the Camp Massad Records (I-550.)***ID: A series of b...
06/09/2021

Camp Massad camping activity patches dating from 1941-1965. Part of the Camp Massad Records (I-550.)
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ID: A series of blue and white square, round, oblong, and triangular patches in an art deco style. Abstract images of faces, symbols, animals, and designs to represent activities found at summer camp Massad.
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#History #Archives #Jewish #Camp #Summer #Patches #Ephemera

Camp Massad camping activity patches dating from 1941-1965. Part of the Camp Massad Records (I-550.)
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ID: A series of blue and white square, round, oblong, and triangular patches in an art deco style. Abstract images of faces, symbols, animals, and designs to represent activities found at summer camp Massad.
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#History #Archives #Jewish #Camp #Summer #Patches #Ephemera

The Sit Down with Shira Hanau, covers her conversation at the AJHS book talk with Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper a...
06/09/2021
In Brooklyn's hipster Williamsburg neighborhood, Hasidic Jews are the real counterculture - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

The Sit Down with Shira Hanau, covers her conversation at the AJHS book talk with Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper around their new book, "A Fortress in Brooklyn." The book centers around Williamsburg’s Hasidic community and its relationship to real estate over the last hundred years.
https://www.jta.org/2021/06/09/ny/in-brooklyns-hipster-williamsburg-neighborhood-hasidic-jews-are-the-real-counterculture

A new history shows the religious and real estate forces that have turned Brooklyn's Orthodox into a political and economic power.

Two boys paddle a canoe at summer camp, 1932. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)**ID: T...
06/06/2021

Two boys paddle a canoe at summer camp, 1932. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: Two boys sit at either end of a long canoe holding their paddles up looking at the camera. They are close to a lush shore with tall grass and trees, the lake water stretches out in front of them.
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#Summer #Camp #Canoe #Jewish #History #Archives

Two boys paddle a canoe at summer camp, 1932. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: Two boys sit at either end of a long canoe holding their paddles up looking at the camera. They are close to a lush shore with tall grass and trees, the lake water stretches out in front of them.
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#Summer #Camp #Canoe #Jewish #History #Archives

Yiddish theater poster for Molly Picon in "Muchacha Del Circo" at Teatro Excelsior, 1932. Yiddish Theater Poster collect...
06/05/2021

Yiddish theater poster for Molly Picon in "Muchacha Del Circo" at Teatro Excelsior, 1932. Yiddish Theater Poster collection 1967.001.241.
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ID: Illustration of a woman dressed in a gown with accents familiar of a clown costume. She wears a scalloped chandelier hat and has big oversized ruffled cuffs and a collar with red high heels. At her feet is a drawing of a circus campground. Text reads: Molly Picon, Jacob Kalich, La Muchacha del Circo," directed by Abe Elstein.
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#Theatre #History #Jewish #Circus #Poster

Yiddish theater poster for Molly Picon in "Muchacha Del Circo" at Teatro Excelsior, 1932. Yiddish Theater Poster collection 1967.001.241.
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ID: Illustration of a woman dressed in a gown with accents familiar of a clown costume. She wears a scalloped chandelier hat and has big oversized ruffled cuffs and a collar with red high heels. At her feet is a drawing of a circus campground. Text reads: Molly Picon, Jacob Kalich, La Muchacha del Circo," directed by Abe Elstein.
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#Theatre #History #Jewish #Circus #Poster

Boy's playing basketball at a JCC, part of the National Jewish Welfare Board, Records (I-337.) Undated, estimated date 1...
06/04/2021

Boy's playing basketball at a JCC, part of the National Jewish Welfare Board, Records (I-337.) Undated, estimated date 1950's.
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ID: A group of 5 pr***en boys playing basketball, one boy has attempted to make a basket and has been blocked by a member of the opposing team. The ball spins out and another player looks to rebound.
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Boy's playing basketball at a JCC, part of the National Jewish Welfare Board, Records (I-337.) Undated, estimated date 1950's.
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ID: A group of 5 pr***en boys playing basketball, one boy has attempted to make a basket and has been blocked by a member of the opposing team. The ball spins out and another player looks to rebound.
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#Jewish #JCC #Basketball #History #Sports

A sing-along with the Hecht House Pioneer Camp staff, 1930.  American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives, H...
06/02/2021

A sing-along with the Hecht House Pioneer Camp staff, 1930. American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives, Hecht House records, (I-74.)
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ID: A sepia tone photo from 1930 of a group of 7 young men sitting on and around a picnic table. The man in the center is playing the guitar and the others watch him.
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A sing-along with the Hecht House Pioneer Camp staff, 1930. American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives, Hecht House records, (I-74.)
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ID: A sepia tone photo from 1930 of a group of 7 young men sitting on and around a picnic table. The man in the center is playing the guitar and the others watch him.
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#Jewish #Camp #History #JewishHistory

Next week Julie Salamon will sit down for lunch with disability rights activist and author, Judith Heumann.  Since the 1...
06/01/2021

Next week Julie Salamon will sit down for lunch with disability rights activist and author, Judith Heumann. Since the 1970's Judy has worked with a wide range of activist organizations, NGOs, and government agencies directly contributing to the development of human rights legislation and policy benefiting disabled people. Join us for lunch on June 10th at 12:30pm ET. Free with RSVP: https://forms.office.com/r/3nbCCbCfZp
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ID: A photo of Judy; a white woman with short light brown hair and brown glasses, wearing a pink and black pattered sweater. She is smiling directly at the camera. The text around her image reads: "An interview series hosted by Julie Salamon, AT LUNCH with Judy Heumann, disability rights activist & author."
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#Jewish #JewishHistory #History #Activism #ADA #Disability #Rights #CivilRights #Leadership #Author #Writer #Advocate

Next week Julie Salamon will sit down for lunch with disability rights activist and author, Judith Heumann. Since the 1970's Judy has worked with a wide range of activist organizations, NGOs, and government agencies directly contributing to the development of human rights legislation and policy benefiting disabled people. Join us for lunch on June 10th at 12:30pm ET. Free with RSVP: https://forms.office.com/r/3nbCCbCfZp
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ID: A photo of Judy; a white woman with short light brown hair and brown glasses, wearing a pink and black pattered sweater. She is smiling directly at the camera. The text around her image reads: "An interview series hosted by Julie Salamon, AT LUNCH with Judy Heumann, disability rights activist & author."
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#Jewish #JewishHistory #History #Activism #ADA #Disability #Rights #CivilRights #Leadership #Author #Writer #Advocate

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15 W 16th St
New York, NY
10011

There is a parking lot directly across from the Center for Jewish History. There is no street parking during business hours. Close to Union Square and the 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q, and L trains and the F train at 14th and 6th Avenue.

General information

AJHS is a fully independent organization, but we are also part of a group of archives and museums housed at the Center for Jewish History, on W. 16th St. in Manhattan. The other partners are the YIVO Institute (Eastern European Jews), the Leo Baeck Institute (German and Central European Jewry), the American Sephardi Federation (Jews of Iberian descent), and the Yeshiva University Museum, which exhibits Jewish art and artifacts from all periods. Collectively, the Center for Jewish History (CJH) with its four major archives, is one of the largest Jewish research resources in the world.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(212) 294-6160

Products

We publish books, magazines and scholarly journals and sell gifts on our online gift shop: http://www.ajhs.org/store/index.cfm

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