Membership Information

Join Us…become a member. All are welcome in this house of many rooms.

The Center for Jewish History is home to five Partners whose archives total the largest repository of modern Jewish history outside of Israel.

5 miles of archives | 500 years of history | 5 dozen languages | 500,000 books | 50,000 digitized photographs

In late 2000, the Center for Jewish History opened its doors as the new “Library of Congress of the Jewish people.” It became the central address of five preeminent Partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Since then, the Center and its Partners have created a beautiful home for scholarship, learning, and Jewish cultural engagement. The Center not only protects the original evidence of Jewish history—we provide opportunities to learn from it.

Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute Membership Benefits

$100 - Genealogy Beginner

  • Sustaining Membership
  • A-to-Z Genealogy Kit
  • Priority entry to the Family History Today lecture series and other genealogy events
  • Invitation to attend a genealogy workshop

$250 - Genealogy Investigator
All of the above and

  • Conservator Membership
  • Invitation to attend unlimited genealogy workshops for you and up to three guests
  • One-hour consultation with a genealogy librarian

$500 - Genealogy Expert
All of the above and

  • Heritage Membership
  • Two additional one-hour consultations with a genealogy librarian for your guests
  • Customized genealogy workshop for up to six people
  • “Family Finder” DNA testing kit from Family Tree DNA
  • Special workshop to understand your DNA test results

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute offers research packages starting at $1,000. To learn about having a genealogy expert do your family history research, contact the Center’s development office.

All genealogy workshops are available as private events. Contact the Center’s development office to book a private workshop for your family or group.

Center for Jewish History Membership Benefits

$50 – Sustaining Membership

  • Discounted tickets to Center programs
  • Priority check-in at Center programs
  • Printed calendar of events
  • Discounts to courses held at the Center (presented by the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research)

$100 – Conservator Membership
All of the above and

  • Invitation to a behind-the-scenes tour
  • Special “thank you” gift
  • Invitations to members-only events

$250 – Heritage Membership
All of the above and

  • Customized, private behind-the-scenes tour for up to six people
  • Lillian Goldman Reading Room workshop where you can learn how to unlock the treasures housed at the Center
  • Free admission to all Center programs
  • Smithsonian Affiliate Membership which includes benefits at participating institutions and a subscription to Smithsonian Magazine subscription*

$500 – Collector Membership
All of the above

  • Invitation to the Center’s exclusive Titans of Industry event
  • Invitation to a “thank you” event featuring an extraordinary special guest
  • Unique preview of archival collections new to the Center
  • Behind-the-scenes visit inside The David Berg Rare Book Room or the Collection Management & Conservation Wing

The Center offers special recognition opportunities for donors of $1,000 or more. Please contact the development office to learn more about:

  • Sponsoring a public program
  • Supporting an intern
  • Digitizing a rare book
  • Naming a space or special initiative



If you prefer to submit your membership by mail click here to download our printable membership form.


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Center for Jewish History Membership, membership@cjh.org or 212.294.8310