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November 1 – December 14, 2015 The Center for Jewish History’s landmark Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute will showcase its vast resources and host expert speakers on specific genealogy topics throughout November and December in an ongoing event series called “Family History Today.” Whether visitors are just beginning their family history searches or are expert genealogists, all are welcome to join in the…

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16thstreet: The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute Have you ever wanted to know more about your heritage or family history? The Center for Jewish History offers a landmark genealogy institute that is open to all. Visit us to get unparalleled free, personalized assistance from a skilled librarian who can help you navigate resources and databases, and show you how to access materials that…

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Spaniolischer Jude (Jew from Spain), etching print on a postcardFrom the E.M. Lilien Collection. AR 1944Collection of the Leo Baeck Institute “The Sephardim Are Coming, the Sephardim Are Coming!” By: J.D. Arden, M.L.I.S., Reference Services Librarian, Genealogy Specialist, Center for Jewish History More than 500 years ago, on July 30th of 1492, Jews residing in Spain—numbering approximately 200,000—were expelled from their homes. This event…

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The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute Have you ever wanted to know more about your heritage or family history? The Center for Jewish History offers a landmark genealogy institute that is open to all. Visit us to get unparalleled free, personalized assistance from a skilled librarian who can help you navigate resources and databases, and show you how to access materials that live…

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NY Archives Week: FREE events

The Center for Jewish History and its Partners are participating in New York Archives Week with the following FREE events. Please join us! Sunday, October 5 1pm-2pm: Open house advice session (Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall, first floor)Learn how to store, preserve, and archive your family memorabilia and collections! Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about special topics such…

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Your Family History, Our Incredible Archives: A Story in the New York Press

A human-family tree stands by the renovated genealogy institute at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. Photographs of couples, children, families, molecular matter, and, atop the trunk, Rosalind Franklin—the British Jewish scientist whose work helped Watson and Crick imagine the double helix—adorn the branches. (Description via the New York Press.)  We’re thrilled to see today’s New York Press story about “the intensity of personal…

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The Written World is a wall-sized paper mosaic created by Diane Samuels in which each tile is inscribed with a handwritten letter or character from one of dozens of languages collected from users of the Center. Stop into the Center’s Ackman and Ziff Genealogy Institute to admire it for yourself!

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In NYC? Want StoryCorps to Record Your Family History on June 11th/12th?

Have you heard StoryCorps’s riveting recordings of people with fascinating tales to tell? On June 11th and 12th at the Center for Jewish History, we’ll give you a chance to preserve your family history on professionally produced audio. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to work with this revolutionary oral-history project! There are just a few recordings each day. To request a spot, please email gievents@cjh.org…

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Free Events June 8-22: “Family History Today” at the Center for Jewish History

From June 8 to June 18, the Center for Jewish History is hosting a myriad of workshops and events for everyone interested in tracing their roots and capturing family memories. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. We also invite visitors to help us celebrate the newly renovated Ackman & Ziff Genealogy Institute, which provides limitless access to cutting-edge research…

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Above: Delegates to National Jewish Youth Institute, held at Emma Kaufmann Camp, circa 1950. Image: National Jewish Welfare Board Records, courtesy of American Jewish Historical Society. Apply now to be a Junior Scholar at the Center for Jewish History this July! Space is limited. The Junior Scholars Program at the Center for Jewish History is a free, two-week program open to any high school student who…

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