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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Annual Award Celebration
Robyn Teplitzky

We hosted our Annual Award Celebration on Sunday, October 15 in honor of Robyn Teplitzky. JHSGNH is so proud to have helped our community come together last Sunday to honor Robyn Teplitzky and support Israel and each other at this crucial time. Thank you to all of you who donated and attended! Read all about it in the New Haven Independent and watch the recording on our YouTube channel.Courtesy of Allen Samuel Photography

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 these links to attend our Judaica Project programs or watch the recordings!

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

From Our Collections

New Haven Jewish women’ stories of World War II.

Click to hear more Oral Histories

Featured in CFGNH Annual Report

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has featured JHSGNH in their Report to Our Community 2022-23. It includes an Atlas Club photograph from our collection and quotes from Past Presidents Marjorie Drucker and Burton Levine. Read it here.

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.