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.
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.
Programs of Interest
The latest updates from our organization.
In Memoriam: Judith Schiff
We are saddened by the passing of Judith Schiff, a beloved and founding member of the Jewish Historical Society. Most recently Judith was the Director of the Archives, and was a Past President. May her memory be for a blessing.
Please read about her accomplishments and contributions in this New Haven Independent article.
Article by CFGNH
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has released an article about the JHSGNH. It features archival photographs from our collection, and extensive quotes from our Co-Presidents, Burton Levine and Marjorie Drucker.
It is accessible here.
An Ethnic History of New Haven
A publication of The Ethnic Heritage Center of New Haven
Click to read or download the PDF document.
Member Get a Member
The Membership Committee is planning a full scale effort to sign new members. The “Member Get A Member” drive asks each member to think about another member to join us. New members bring new energy and new ideas.
YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum —
Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl
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 museum.yivo.org. 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
Photographic History of Jewish New Haven
JHSGNH 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 the JHSGNH office if you would like the presentation for your synagogue or organization: (203) 392-6125 or E-mail Us.
From Our Collections
Interviews with Jewish women who share
their stories of World War II.
We thank The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Andrew Eder for their financial contributions towards the construction of this website.
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