Emma Lazarus Project

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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. 

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The Emma Lazarus Project

explores the story of Emma Lazarus, a fifth-generation American Jew caught in an important turning point in American and Jewish History. The initiative—including the exhibit, curriculum and poetry contest—uses primary sources straight from the archive to encourage students to piece together Emma's fascinating story, and to join the ongoing conversation about American identity.

Thank you to our partners who helped make this project happen