• Visitors to AJHS
"Black-Jewish relations and the civil rights movement needed a new historiographic perspective, a new generation’s approach and understanding of what actually happened."
  • Yearning to Breathe Free - Immigration Stories
AJHS, in collaboration with the Center for Jewish History and the Museum of Chinese in America, will be working on a project to showcase understudied intersections of the Jewish and Chinese immigrant and refugee experience in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Chinatown neighborhoods.
  • Yearning to Breathe Free - Immigration Stories
  • From the Collections
After 3 years, the American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History have completed the archival processing of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) records.
  • Yearning to Breathe Free - Immigration Stories
A brief architectural history of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Yearning to Breathe Free - Immigration Stories
The HIAS Scholarship Program, first begun in 1974, awarded immigrants or their children who “were making or preparing to make through study significant contributions to social betterment.”
  • Yearning to Breathe Free - Immigration Stories
In order to emigrate to the U.S., 12 young Jewish women in June 1977 took part in proxy marriages to members of the Syrian Jewish community of Brooklyn, whom the women had never met.
  • From the Collections
An archivist of the American Jewish Historical Society explains all the work that goes into organizing disorganized collections.

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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.