• 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.
  • From the Collections
Anatomy of an aged document: how time, carelessness, and lack of information wreak havoc on records that archivists have to struggle with.


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.