• From the Collections
The American Jewish Historical Society recently acquired a Waterford vase, marked with a Briscoe seal in honor of Dublin's famed Jewish mayor.
  • From the Collections
  • Visitors to AJHS
"And I have learned one of the most important lessons a historian can learn: always take a second look, even when you’re sure you’ve seen everything there is to see."
  • Ask an Archivist
Q: Who are some of the most inspirational women found in the AJHS collections?
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This interview, first published in "Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society n.s. 24, no. 2 (Winter 2019)" details historian Alice Kessler-Harris's upbringing as a child of World War II refugees and how she first became interested in her Jewish heritage and the topic of gender studies.
  • From the Collections
The real-life inspiration behind one of Sir Walter Scott's most interesting Ivanhoe characters, Rebecca of York.
  • Heartthrobs of AJHS
  • Women in Jewish History
In the first of our "Heartthrobs of AJHS" series, we explore the life of Ray Frank, who was a gifted orator, teacher, and journalist in the 19th and 20th centuries, and known as the "girl rabbi from the Golden West."
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"Black-Jewish relations and the civil rights movement needed a new historiographic perspective, a new generation’s approach and understanding of what actually happened."


AJHS Temporarily Closed

In support of New York City's efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the American Jewish Historical Society will be temporarily closed. The health and safety of The American Jewish Historical Society’s staff and visitors is our top priority, and we are continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 Situation.  During this time all in person events will be cancelled or postponed, and the library and other facilities of the five partner organizations will be closed to the public. 

Our building is closed, but our staff, and the stories we work to preserve and share, continue to be here for you.  The stories from our archives will continue to be accessible through our online catalogue, new virtual program offerings, and and digital platforms. Please check social media for ongoing updates and virtual offerings.