HOURS

Reading Room & Genealogy Institute
Mon-Thurs: 9:30am-4:30pm

Exhibit Spaces
Mon-Wed: 9:30am-4:30pm
Thurs: 9:30am-8pm
Fri: 10am-3pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: 11am-5pm

Please note: Yeshiva University Museum's The Golden Path: Maimonides Across Eight Centuries exhibit is closed on Fridays.

Make sure to check our holiday closures prior to visiting.

Last entry to the Center for Jewish History Exhibitions, Reading Room, and the Genealogy Institute is 30 minutes before closing. The last call to page items in the Reading Room and Genealogy Institute is 3pm.

Images courtesy of the Leo Baeck Institute

Introduction

Genealogical research, and specifically commercial DNA testing, can unlock mysteries and make crucial connections, often linking Holocaust survivors to living relatives they did not know they had. It can be a priceless gift for a population ravaged by genocide, and time is of the essence, as that population ages and dwindles. Through the DNA Reunion Project at the Center for Jewish History under the auspices of the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, we are raising awareness of the potential of DNA testing. Towards that end, this program allows Holocaust survivors or their children to apply for free commercial DNA kits. The team of Jennifer Mendelsohn and Adina Newman, experts in the field of Ashkenazi Jewish genetic genealogy, lead the consultation aspect of the project.

*Please note: We are not creating a unique test or database but rather a chance to receive a DNA kit from one of the major commercial DNA companies like Ancestry.com, who have donated 2500 kits for this project. If you have already taken an Ancestry DNA test, please do not apply for a free kit. In that case, click here to be added to our DNA Reunion Project mailing list, or email dna@cjh.org for assistance.

At this time, applications are only open to Holocaust survivors and to the children of Holocaust survivors or victims. This does not include grandchildren, great-grandchildren, or those who are unsure if they have a relative who died in the Holocaust. If you are eligible to receive a free kit, your wait time will be determined by the total number of requests received, as supplies last.

For a sample of additional press coverage of this project, see articles from the Washington Post, Associated Press, Baltimore Magazine, and WBUR.

Genealogical research assistance and support provided by JRI-Poland, a non-profit organization that has indexed or extracted more than 6.2 million vital records from Poland and areas that have historically been part of Poland.

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For more information, contact dna@cjh.org.

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