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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 access any material…

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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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Reflections on My “Jews and Social Justice” Project

by Ilana Rossoff, Reference Services Research Intern, Center for Jewish History This post is part of the Jews and Social Justice Series. To view all posts in the series, click here. Over the course of eight weeks of research and writing, I used some of the many resources offered by the Center for Jewish History for my independent project as a Research Intern. In the beginning,…

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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. Fact: Not eating food…

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Translating Charles Darwinby Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Services Librarian, Special Collections, Center for Jewish History November 24 was the 154th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s most famous work, The Origin of the Species. The full title of the work was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, but this title was…

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Remembering Kristallnachtby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History November 9th -10th marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a series of attacks on Jews in Germany and Austria that was a turning point for the Nazi Party. Kristallnacht is often looked at as the beginning of the Holocaust. Each of the five partners of the Center for Jewish History has material on Kristallnacht or…

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Celebrating Archivesby Susan Woodland, Senior Archivist, American Jewish Historical Society October is Archives Month, and the archives community in metropolitan New York celebrated the week of October 7th with an extensive list of repository tours, programs, exhibits, a symposium on Disaster Recovery inspired by last fall’s superstorm Sandy, and an award ceremony. See the website of the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York (ART)…

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Historic Recipes from the Jews of Alsace-Lorraineby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History In my last blog post, I touched upon three upcoming events here at the Center for Jewish History:   “Sex, Yiddish and the Law: Jewish Life in Metz in the 18th Century” (which concerns the “cultural, legal and sexual lives of members of the Metz Jewish community”) on…

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Food and the Jews of Alsace-Loraineby David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History “Circles of Justice: Law, Culture and the Jews of Metz in 18th Century France” is now on view in The David Berg Rare Book Room here at the Center. Related programming includes “Sex, Yiddish and the Law: Jewish Life in Metz in the 18th Century” this Monday,…

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Conducting Research on Jewish Fighters, WWIIWith a Focus on Ukraine, Belarus and Russiaby J.D. Arden, Reference Services Assistantwith assistance from Aurora Zinder, Volunteer, and David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Reference Services Research Coordinator, Center for Jewish History Above image: Kniga Pamiati Voinov-Evreev and Biographical Dictionary of Jewish Resistance In the Lillian Goldman Reading Room here at the Center for Jewish History, you can explore Hebrew-language…

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