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Lillian Goldman Reading Room

The Center for Jewish History

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 Center’s experts…

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No more paper call slips required in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room

By Zachary Loeb, M.S.I.S. Reference Services Librarian – Patron Services

Libraries and archives contain a heck of a lot of paper, and oftentimes getting access to that paper requires (you guessed it) even more paper. For years, visitors to the Center for Jewish History’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room needed to grab a stack of paper call slips if they wanted to…

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Above: Delegates to National Jewish Youth Institute, held at Emma Kaufmann Camp, circa 1950. ImageNational 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…

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Celebrating Thanksgivukkah (includes “Sweet Potato Latkes with Marshmallow Topping” recipe!)

by Elli Smerling, Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History 

Official Jewish law requires 10 to be in attendance for communal prayer. Unofficial Jewish law requires that if 10 people are in a room, there must be food.

Every Jewish gathering, celebration or holiday revolves around food. You may ask: What about fast days? Well, they’re about food as well….

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