Research Your Past

Workmen's Circle Band of New Haven

Are you curious about your family’s background in New Haven CT? How about the history of New Haven’s Jewish neighborhood, synagogues and organizations?

Our archives and archivists help people learn more about Jewish New Haven history as well as general New Haven history. Common questions we regularly research include births, deaths and weddings. Our extensive collection of photographs provides views of New Haven over the past century.

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Contribute to the Collection

WMHA of New Haven

Do you have documents, photos, videos, films or things that illustrate some aspect of Jewish life in New Haven?

Papers and objects that might not seem important to you, may help us fill in gaps in our collections and help us provide a fuller portrait of Jewish life in New Haven over the centuries. Talk with us about donating your material to our collection.

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Programs of Interest

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For Our Annual Meeting

to be held virtually on
June 6, 2021
More Information to Follow

YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum — Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl Beba Epstein
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research launched its landmark YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum, available free of charge to the global public at The inaugural interactive exhibition explores East European Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries through the true story of one teenage girl. Read more

Lender’s Bagels History

Sunday, March 7, 2021 – 4pm EST
Presented by Taste of New Haven
With Professor & Food Guru, Historian, Author
Colin M. Caplan

History of Lender's Bagels

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From Our Collections

Interviews with Jewish women who share
their stories of World War II.

Click to hear more Oral Histories

Jews In New Haven

Jews In NewHaven Vol. 10

Walk New Haven

Walk New Haven

We thank The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Andrew Eder for their financial contributions towards the construction of this website.