Employment Opportunities

The Center for Jewish History is home to five partners—American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partner collections total more than five miles of archival material and span nearly a thousand years of history. When the Center opened its doors as the new "Library of Congress of the Jewish people" 16 years ago, it made a commitment to preserve the treasures that live within its walls and make them accessible to scholars, students, and diverse audiences. The Center relies on philanthropic support to do this work.

The Center is currently looking to fill the following position/s:

  • Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

    The Center for Jewish History seeks a creative and forward-thinking individual that will serve as the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, dedicated to describing and providing access to physical and digitized collections. The successful candidate will become an integral element in a thriving digitization program that already includes over 40 TB of digital assets available through Center library systems.

    The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will report to the Senior Manager for Metadata and Discovery. Metadata and Discovery Services is tasked with coordinating the interoperability and integration between Center systems that control, describe, preserve, and provide access to the rich physical and digital holdings of the five Partner institutions.

    The part-time position offers a competitive hourly rate for up to 25 hours weekly, ideal for a recent library and information science graduate interested in describing a variety of material in an archival and special collections environment.


    • Create or enhance existing metadata for digital assets from online catalog and other sources to promote discovery and access to digital assets via an asset management and preservation system.
    • Ingest digital assets and associated metadata into digital asset management and preservation system.
    • Apply cataloging standards such as AACR2, RDA, DCRM, LCSH, and MARC21 to cataloging rare and special collections materials, informed by best practices and standards for museums, libraries and archives.
    • Utilize tools such as OCLC Connexion, MarcEdit, and Cataloger’s Desktop to perform original and complex copy cataloging.
    • Analyze and adapt new or existing metadata standards and relevant thesauri, as required by special projects.
    • Track progress and assist with reporting statistics as necessary.
    • Collaborate with staff of partner organizations on shared projects.
    • Stay abreast of developing standards and practices in the field of digital cultural content and metadata creation.

    Required Qualifications

    • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or similar graduate-level training, such as archival or information science.
    • Minimum of 1-2 years experience creating description for manuscripts, archives, or special collections materials.
    • Familiarity with current descriptive best practices and standards related to digitized material from libraries, archives and museums.
    • Ability to handle multiple ongoing projects and prioritize as necessary.
    • Excellent communication and writing skills.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Comfort using and thinking in Extensible Mark-up Language (XML), including Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT); schemas like Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS); and MARC data in an XML environment (MARCXML).
    • Fluency in at least one language represented in the multilingual Partner collections, especially Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, or German.
    • Familiarity with Excel to transform data, including using VBA Core macros.

    The Center for Jewish History is committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

    Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send cover letter and resume to Eric Fritzler, Senior Manager for Metadata and Discovery, at eafritzler@cjh.org. No phone calls, please.

    No phone calls, please.

Internship Opportunities

The Center for Jewish History is seeking interns to assist with research, communications, development and graphic/video design. We seek applicants who are reliable, organized, detail oriented, and comfortable interacting with the public. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals looking for experience in special collections based research or the administrative aspects of the non-profit sector. Please submit a cover letter and resume, in addition to any requirements for your application, to David Rosenberg, Senior Manager for Communications, at drosenberg@cjh.org.

No phone calls, please.

  • Research Intern

    Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Communications.


    • Utilize the collections, internet, and subscription databases to research a wide range of topics, including those of interest to the intern.
    • Research and fact check for publications, reference inquiries, and exhibits.


    • Strong research and writing skills are required.
    • Knowledge of and interest in modern American, European, and Jewish history is preferred.
    • Proficiency in foreign languages, particularly German, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, or Yiddish is helpful but not required.

    All interested in the social sciences (specifically history) and library science are welcome to apply. Please include multiple writing samples with your application.

  • Communications Intern

    Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Communications.


    • Assist with communications efforts including press releases, event alerts, social media and email blasts. This includes original writing as well as editing and formatting.
    • Submit event listings to online outlets
    • Contribute to special projects, often surrounding public programs and exhibits


    • Strong writing skills are required.
    • Command over the English language.
    • Knowledge of and interest in journalism and public relations preferred.

    Current college students or recent graduates are welcome to apply. Please include multiple writing samples with your application.

  • Development Intern

    Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Communications.


    • Obtain familiarity with Raiser’s Edge fundraising software
    • Update records as required
    • Attend meetings with development staff regarding initiatives, projects, and events
    • Make phone calls soliciting information and to thank donors
    • Assist with preparations for major fundraising gala
    • Represent the Center at public programs: staffing a membership/information table


    • Personable and friendly
    • Command over the English language
    • Knowledge of and interest in the non-profit sector preferred
    • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus

    Current college students or recent graduates are welcome to apply. Excellent opportunity to explore careers in fundraising.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Tour Guides (docents)

    A tour consists of a visit to the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (Yeshiva University Museum has a separate docent program) and the public areas of the Center (usually the auditorium, Great Hall, Reading Room, Genealogy Institute, Collection Management and Conservation Wing). Guides who lead these tours are knowledgeable about the facilities and the mission and scope of activities of the Center for Jewish History, and they are able to describe the exhibitions in the Partner’s exhibition cases. Tour guides give approximately one 2-hour tour each week, and attend frequent training sessions.

  • Translators

    The Center maintains a list of translators who are willing to help Reading Room and Genealogy Institute patrons translate documents. Staff members give the name of the patron to the translator, who then reaches out to the patron to make arrangements. Translations may be done here at the Center or remotely. Translators are needed in almost any language, but the most commonly requested translations are from Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and German.

  • Ushers

    Ushers work at special events held at the Center. They take tickets and give out programs and may perform other tasks, as needed. The usher is welcome to stay and view the performance. Most events requiring ushers are held weekday evenings or on Sundays. Each usher is responsible for being available 45 minutes before the event to several minutes after the event begins.

  • Office/Library/Genealogy Assistants

    Office assistants work in various offices throughout the Center. Tasks may include coordinating mailings, addressing and stuffing envelopes, filing, answering phones and making phone calls, handling RSVPs to events, data entry and related office tasks. Some offices are seeking researchers and assistants for special projects. The Genealogy Institute needs volunteers who are experienced with family history research to assist patrons. Librarians may need volunteers to catalog books and related tasks. Required hours are worked out with the individual departments.

Requirements For Volunteers

  • Time commitment level: either on a project/event basis, or consistently, with at least one shift per week, ideally same day each week.
  • Attire: professional/casual, unless otherwise specified.
  • Communication skills: must have excellent speaking skills; knowledge of foreign languages a plus, though not required.
  • An interest in Judaism, education, culture, the arts and history.

Benefits For Volunteers

  • Complimentary tickets to concerts, films and other events when available.
  • Free admission to museums in New York City and elsewhere for the volunteer and a guest.
  • Invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and other special events.
  • Contact with a broad spectrum of individuals and groups.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Center, please contact Julie Kaplan, Volunteer Coordinator, at cjhvolunteer@cjh.org or call (917) 606-8226.