Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.

Emma Lazarus Award 2015

Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. will be honored as this year’s recipient of the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award on November 11, 2015


Civil Rights

Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights

This exhibition explores shared projects, organizational efforts, and, for a time, how many members of the African American and Jewish communities became allied against injustice.


Loeb Portrait Database

The world’s most extensive online gallery of portraits made of American Jews in the Colonial and Antebellum Periods.


Interactive Timeline

Follow 360 years of the Jewish experience in America, from our nation’s founding to the present day, as told through our archival collections. 


By Dawn’s Early Light

An exhibition on the Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War.


Support Your Heritage 

Our mission of acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of American Jewish history is made possible by the generosity of people like you.


Image of the Week

AJC chartered bus for the Aug. 1963 March on Washington

The holidays are upon us and the American Jewish Historical Society and Center for Jewish History will be closed on the following days in September and October:
Rosh Hashana: Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th
Yom Kippur: Closes at 
2:00pm on Tuesday, September 22nd and all day, Wednesday, September 23rd
Sukkot: Monday, September 28th and Tuesday, September 29th
Shemini Atzeret: Monday, October 5th
Simchat Torah: Tuesday, October 6th.

The Lillian Goldman Reading Room will close early on two Erevs at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 13th and Sunday, September 27th.


Portal to American
Jewish History

The Portal to Jewish American History is a “one stop shop” for researchers, students, and interested members of the public to access archival and digital collections on American Jewish History.
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American Jewish History Interactive Timeline

Follow 360 years of American Jewish history, from the first Jewish community in New Amsterdam in 1654 through the present day. Connect with the stories of Jews in America as told through AJHS’s archival collections.
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Presented by the Center for Jewish History, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum.
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Search Online Collections

Integrated collections from the five partner institutions at the Center for Jewish History.

Visitor Information

AJHS gallery spaces and reading room are open daily Sunday - Friday. 

Support AJHS

Learn how you can help support AJHS. Become a member, donate a collection, and more.

UJA-Federation of NY Collection

Archival material connected with the projects and philanthropic mission of UJA-Federation of NY.

Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement

Details the sacrifices made by countless activists to liberate the Jews of the Soviet Union. 

Jews in America Portal

Explore the collections of AJHS and partner institutions with one quick search.