Welcome to the Center for Jewish History (CJH)

The Center for Jewish History, also known a CJH is a non-profit organization providing a collaboration home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

CJH partners’ archives holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive archives of modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. “The collections span a thousand years, with more than 5 miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs”.

CJH isn’t just the world’s foremost research institutions but the Center also offers fellowships, a wide array of exhibitions, symposiums, conferences and lectures. CJH is also a Smithsonian Affiliate, and is a partner of the Google Cultural Institute.

Lastly, CJH is the home to the Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, the David Berg Rare Book Room, and the Collection Management & Conservation Wing.

The office is located in the heart of Chelsea, on W 16th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. The building once was owned by Helen Keller, School for the Blind but was brought by the Center in 1999. My office is located between the 2nd and 3rd floor (2M to be exact). To the public the building is a three stories but to staff, the building is actually twelve floors. The building is of course very secure with security guards, a metal detector which staff and visitors must enter through. All staff contain a badge which allows certain access doors and locations, this means not everyone has access to certain locations.

Pictures below starting from left to right: Outside of the Building | Inside of the building main hall: Steinberg Great Hall (Dinners, Simulcast, etc. are held)

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