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 five 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
Sunday appointments are subject to staff availability and must be arranged at least two weeks prior to the proposed date. To schedule an appointment, please email Michelle McCarthy-Behler.

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