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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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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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Laurel Fox Vlock: Pioneering Holocaust Filmmaker
Second Annual Judith Ann Schiff Women’s History Program

Join us at the New Haven Museum on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the life, work, and legacy of Laurel Fox Vlock during the second Judith Schiff Women’s History Program! The program will include video clips of Vlock’s interviews and remembrances of her life by colleagues and family members. An exhibit by JHSGNH on Vlock will be on view in the Community Case in the New Haven Museum’s rotunda throughout March 2024. This annual lecture series is dedicated to the memory of Judith Ann Schiff, co-founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven and the Ethnic Heritage Center, and Yale archivist and historian dedicated to women’s, ethnic, and New Haven history. Register here.


We are pleased to partner with Congregation Mishkan Israel, Temple Beth Sholom, and the Jewish Community Relations Council on an exciting educational series that dives deep into the heart of American Jewish history to unravel the complexities of our present times. As we navigate one of the most challenging periods in our community’s history, it is essential to understand the forces shaping our experiences. Our community is at a crossroads, grappling with identity, faith, and safety. Meeting the Moment, made possible through a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, offers enlightening discussions, expert insights, and a path forward to confront these challenges head-on. The sessions are designed to foster understanding and bring us together as a community to meet the moment and shape a brighter future.

Upcoming Sessions

Session 3 – Modern Antisemitism: Where Ancient Hatreds Meet Today’s Narratives

Sunday, March 10, 9:30 AM
Temple Beth Sholom, Hamden

Dr. Liram Koblentz-Stenzler, Senior Researcher and Head of Global Far-Right Extremism Desk, Institute for Counterterrorism, Reichmann University; Visiting Lecturer, Yale University

Session 4 – The Israelization of American Judaism

Sunday, April 7, 9:30 AM
Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden

Dr. Joshua Shanes, Director, The Arnold Center for Israel Studies & Associate Director of Jewish Studies, College of Charleston

Judaica Project

JHSGNH and the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life at Quinnipiac University are thrilled to present the Judaica Project! Please join us for monthly dialogues on Zoom about Judaica, Jewish art, and what these mean to you. This series is made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

Follow the links to join us!

Thursday 3/14 @ 7 PM: Jeanette Kuvin Oren’s Judaic Art & Graphic Design

Thursday 4/18 @ 7 PM: L’dor V’dor Judaica with Emily Scheinfeld

Thursday 5/16 @ 7 PM: Black Cat Judaica with Nelly


Wednesday 6/28 @ 2 pm: Rabbi Reena Judd’s Jewish Boxes

Thursday 7/13 @ 7 pm: Hannah Paperno on Thrifting Judaica

Thursday 8/24 @ 7 PM: Marci Pratt on Crafting Judaica

Thursday 9/14 @ 7 PM: Judaica Show & Tell with Jake

Thursday 10/19 @ 7 PM: Shtetl Baby on Material History

Thursday 11/16 @ 7 PM: Ruth Simon McRae on Judaic Textile Arts

Wednesday 12/13 @ 2 PM: Rabbi Reena Judd’s Menorah Collection

Thursday 1/18 @ 7 PM: Cynthia Beth Rubin on Digital Art with Hebrew Manuscripts

Sunday 2/11 @ 9:30 AM: Finding Your Own Jewish Genealogy with Dan Oren

Join us for the Federation’s Purim carnival!

JHSGNH will have a booth at this event to share stories of prominent Jewish women and their contributions to New Haven Jewish life. We will focus on the importance of oral histories and what we can learn from them. This is part of our support of JFGNH Women’s Philanthropy’s Shalom Baby outreach initiative.

From Our Collections

New Haven Jewish women’ stories of World War II.

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Photographic History Presentation

JHSGNH’s Photographic History of Jewish New Haven has been presented to many synagogues in Greater New Haven including: Temple Emmanuel, Temple Beth Sholom, Mishkan Israel and B’nai Jacob. Please contact us if you would like the presentation for your synagogue or organization: call (203) 392-6125 or email us.

An Ethnic History of New Haven

A publication of The Ethnic Heritage Center of New Haven
Click to read or download the PDF document.

Jews In New Haven

Jews In New Haven 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.