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

The latest updates from our organization.


Half page Vertical PJ Shalom Baby Family Fun Day ad 2022

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 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

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.

Membership Meeting

The annual membership meeting was held June 8 remotely on Zoom. Co-Presidents Marjorie Drucker and Burton Levine updated the membership on the state of the organization.

Grand Avenue “Grand” Opening

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday May 9 to celebrate the release of Walk New Haven’s latest walking tour booklet focusing on the history of Grand Avenue. Below is a video from NBC CT about the event, which features interviews with JHSGNH Treasurer Harold Miller and Rhoda Zahler Samuel of the Ethnic Heritage Center.

Additional news coverage from New Haven Independent, WTNH, and Fox 61.

JHSGNH Members at Walk New Haven Grand Avenue Event

Harold Miller, Marjorie Drucker, Michael Dimenstein, Rabbi Brockman attending the event.

EHC Committee Walk New Haven Event

Ribbon Cutting by the EHC Walk New Haven Committee.

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.


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