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#JewsInSpace Launches at the Center for Jewish History!

Join the Center for Jewish History and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research on a quest to examine the #Jewish exploration of the heavens as we present our new exhibition: From as early as Genesis, Jews have pondered the expanse that surrounds our planet, as well as their place in them. Astronomy, mathematics, and other sciences appear frequently in books published by rabbis and scholars…

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Preserving and Housing of a Cookie from an American Sephardi Federation Gala

This post was written by Kat Fanning, conservation technician, Center for Jewish History   A cookie, a memento of a past special event, was brought to the conservation lab from the American Sephardi Federation (ASF) to see if anything could be done in order to preserve it so that it could be kept in the collection. The cookie had originally been stored in a plastic…

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By Pulpit & Press: German Reform Comes to America

Exhibition on view through October 25, 2014at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, NYC) (Above image fabricated with maps from the David Rumsey Map Collection: In the mid-to-late 19th century, many German-born rabbis left Germany to practice their faith in the United States. Isaac Leeser, Isaac Mayer Wise, David Einhorn, Max Lilienthal, and Bernard Felsen­thal educated congregants from the pulpit, spread…

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All images: Collection of Yeshiva University Museum A sizeable portion of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who streamed into New York at the turn of the 20th century found work in the city’s expanding garment industry. Although only about 10% were actual trained tailors, many Jewish immigrants held experience in both producing clothing–since the garment industry in Russia was one of the only businesses open to Jews–and held industrial…

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All images: Collection of Yeshiva University Museum Shana Tova! The start of this year marks a new beginning for us here at the Center for a Jewish History. We’re opening the new David Berg Rare Book Room to showcase treasures from the collections of our five partners, launching a program season packed with everything from concerts to symposia, and embarking on an exploration of the Jewish community of…

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Image of the day: Hanukah greeting card. Issued by the Jewish Welfare Board. Paper, printed. 1945. Collection of Yeshiva University Museum.  For more, visit the Center for Jewish History’s Flickr photostream.Click here to connect with the Center for Jewish History on Facebook and on Twitter. 

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