About the Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The collections span a thousand years, with more than 5 miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs.

The Center’s experts are leaders in unlocking archival material for a wide audience through the latest practices in digitization, library science, and public education. As one of the world’s foremost research institutions, the Center offers fellowships, a wide array of exhibitions, symposia, conferences and lectures. The Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate, and is a partner of the Google Cultural Institute.

The Center for Jewish History is home to the Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, the David Berg Rare Book Room and the Collection Management & Conservation Wing. Public programs create opportunities for diverse audiences to explore the rich historical and cultural material that lives within the Center's walls.

To learn more about our partners, click here. To search the collections online, click here.

Hours of Operation

Free Gallery Spaces

Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Monday and Wednesday, 9:30am - 8:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:30am - 4:00pm.

* Free Gallery Spaces do not include the Yeshiva University Museum exhibits

Yeshiva University Museum

Monday, Free 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, 11:00am - 8:00pm (Free 5:00pm - 8:00pm)
Friday, Free 11:00am - 2:30pm

The Lillian Goldman Reading Room

Monday-Thursday: 9:30am - 6pm
Fridays: 9:30am - 2pm
Sundays: By advance appointment only

Monday-Thursday, last call for paging is 4:00pm. Friday, last call for paging is 12:00pm.

Sunday Appointments
CJH reference staff understands that it may be difficult for some readers to use materials during the workweek, and we are happy to offer access on Sundays by appointment only. If you cannot use the collections during regular business hours, please contact Melanie Meyers (mmeyers@cjh.org) to make an appointment for Sunday use. Please contact us and confirm your appointment before you make any reservations for materials in the online system; requests placed for Sunday use without an appointment on the calendar will be cancelled. No walk-ins will be accepted. All Sunday appointments are scheduled based on staff and materials availability, so we strongly encourage you to contact us at least two weeks in advance in order to make sure we can accommodate you. If your plans change and you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment for Sunday, please do so by 12 noon on the preceding Friday. If you do not come as scheduled, and do not notify us in advance, then you will have to use the collection materials during our regularly scheduled hours.

Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute

Monday-Thursday: 9:30am - 6:00pm
Fridays: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Sundays: Open four Sundays per year, 11am-4pm
Next open Sunday: October 27

Administrative Offices

Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

For a list of Center staff and contact information, please click here.

Our Partners

American Jewish Historical Society
American Sephardi Federation
Leo Baeck Institute
Yeshiva University Museum
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research