12 Feb 2018

The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) announced today the appointment of Dr. Annie Polland as the organization’s new Executive Director. Polland comes to AJHS from New York City’s much acclaimed Tenement Museum where she served as Executive Vice President for Programs & Interpretation.

At the Tenement Museum, Polland was responsible for programs and content for over 250,000 annual visitors. During her tenure, museum visitation increased by 70 percent. She also led the National Endowment for the Humanities’ first Digital Storytelling at Museums conference. Polland holds a PhD in History from Columbia University and is the author of several books on Jewish history, including The Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration (NYU Press, 2012), which she co-authored with Daniel Soyer, as well as Landmark of the Spirit (Yale University Press, 2008) about the famous Eldridge Street Synagogue.

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7 Feb 2018

The Center for Jewish History issued a statement today in response to the legislation passed by the Polish Parliament that threatens to criminalize the factual assertion that some Poles were involved in the murder of Jews.

In issuing the statement, the Center’s President/CEO, Professor David N. Myers, said:

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12 Jun 2017

The Center for Jewish History, home of the country’s largest and most comprehensive archives of the modern Jewish experience, announced today that David N. Myers, the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History in the UCLA History Department, was named as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Myers is a distinguished and wide-ranging historian of modern Jewry who has taught at UCLA for the past 25 years. He will assume his new duties at the Center on July 1st. He has previously served in various administrative capacities, including director of the university’s Center for Jewish Studies and chair of its History Department.

“UCLA has been the center of my academic life and I am forever in debt to my many colleagues and students for their collaboration and support,” said Professor Myers. “At this point in my career, I am excited to embark on a new professional journey by heading one of the global centers for the study of Jewish history.”

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