Center For Jewish History

15 West 16th Street
212-294-8301

The Center for Jewish History is a cultural institution, independent research facility and destination for the exploration of Jewish history and heritage. It is home to five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The partners’ archival collections span more than 700 years of history and total over 500,000 volumes and 100 million documents (in 23 languages and 52 alphabet systems). The collections also include thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films and photographs.

At the Center, history is illuminated through scholarship and cultural programming, exhibitions and symposia, lectures and performances.

We are home to the Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute and Collection Management & Conservation Wing. Public programs and fellowships here at the Center create opportunities for diverse audiences to explore the rich historical material that lives within our walls.


Upcoming Events at Center For Jewish History

Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Oct 21, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Oct 25, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Oct 28, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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The Places Of Israel - In Song

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 at 7:30pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Nov 1, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Nov 4, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Nov 8, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Nov 11, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Nov 15, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Nov 22, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Nov 29, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Dec 2, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Dec 6, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Dec 9, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Dec 13, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Dec 16, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Dec 20, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Dec 23, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Wednesday, Dec 25, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Thursday, Dec 26, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Friday, Dec 27, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Monday, Dec 30, 2019 from 9:30am to 8:00pm
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Recent News

Exhibition - The Paper Brigade at Center for Jewish History

The Paper Brigade: Smuggling Rare Books and Documents in Nazi-Occupied Vilna Would you risk your life for a book? A group of poets and scholars living under Nazi rule in the Vilna Ghetto did. Under the most harrowing conditions, they saved…

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Exhibition - The Last Address At Center For Jewish History

The Last Addresspresented by the American Sephardi FederationThe American Sephardi Federation proudly presents excerpts from The Last Address, a multi-year, photo-montage series and oral history and book project by award-winning artist Leslie…

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Exhibition - Classic Yiddish Writers In Caricature At Center For Jewish History

Classic Yiddish Writers in Caricaturepresented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish ResearchYiddish newspapers and humor magazines contain dozens of caricatures of Yiddish writers, who were indeed major celebrities in the Jewish world. Sholem Aleichem…

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Exhibition - Portugal, The Last Hope At Center For Jewish History

Portugal, The Last Hopepresented by the American Sephardi FederationDescription: Portugal was the “last hope” for those trying to escape Nazi oppression. Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, France, courageously…

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Exhibition - Stolen Heart: The Theft Of Jewish Property In Berlin’s Historic Center, 1933-1945 At Center For Jewish History

Stolen Heart: The Theft of Jewish Property in Berlin’s Historic Center, 1933-1945presented by the Leo Baeck InstituteStolen Heart, a new exhibition in the Leo Baeck Institute’s Katherine and Clifford H. Goldsmith Gallery at the Center for Jewish…

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Exhibition - Laughter Is Still Healthy: Sholem Aleichem 100 Years Later At Center For Jewish History

Laughter is Still Healthy: Sholem Aleichem 100 Years Laterpresented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish ResearchOne of the founding fathers of modern Yiddish literature, Sholem Aleichem (Sholem Rabinovitsh) was also one of its outstanding and most…

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Exhibition - Classic Yiddish Writers In Caricature At Center For Jewish History

Classic Yiddish Writers in Caricaturepresented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish ResearchYiddish newspapers and humor magazines contain dozens of caricatures of Yiddish writers, who were indeed major celebrities in the Jewish world. Sholem Aleichem…

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Exhibition - Portugal, The Last Hope At Center For Jewish History

Portugal, The Last Hopepresented by the American Sephardi FederationDescription: Portugal was the “last hope” for those trying to escape Nazi oppression. Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, France, courageously…

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Exhibition - Stolen Heart: The Theft Of Jewish Property In Berlin’s Historic Center, 1933-1945 At Center For Jewish History

Stolen Heart: The Theft of Jewish Property in Berlin’s Historic Center, 1933-1945presented by the Leo Baeck InstituteStolen Heart,” a new exhibition in the Leo Baeck Institute’s Katherine and Clifford H. Goldsmith Gallery at the Center for…

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Exhibition - After the War: Recovery, Relief, and Return, 1945-1949

The far-reaching impact of World War II resulted in massive destruction, decimation, deprivation, and the unparalleled displacement of people across and far beyond the European continent. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the…

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Exhibition - Remnants: Selected Manuscripts from the YIVO Archives

Centuries-old documents and volumes from pre-Emancipation Europe reveal the continuity of Jewish life and the shaping of a strong Jewish identity. They come in part from commitment to and respect for the study and practice of Jewish law and…

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Exhibition - Allied In The Fight

Allied In The Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil RightsA new exhibit on display in The David Berg Rare Book Room at the Center for Jewish History recounts the efforts made by American Jews and African Americans to fight for the…

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Exhibition - Wissenschaft Des Judentums

Wissenschaft des Judentums: Jewish Studies and the Shaping of Jewish IdentityIn the early 19th century, a group of Jewish scholars in Berlin began to apply historical and critical methods to the study of Jews and Judaism, calling their new field the…

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Exhibition - Echoes Of Jewish Morocco

Echoes Of Jewish Morocco: A Photographic Exhibit by Joshua Shamsi for the Diarna Geo-MuseumJewish life has been part of the Moroccan landscape for over two millennia. The sites that once comprised Jewish communities are found everywhere from…

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