04 | Apr
07:00PM
04 | Apr
07:00PM

book talk

A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America

Join author Kirsten Fermaglich in conversation with Jennifer Mendelsohn (Resistance Genealogy) to celebrate the publication of A Rosenberg by Any Other Name. A groundbreaking history of the practice of Jewish name changing in the 20th century, this book showcases just how much is in a name.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 AJHS/CJH members, seniors, students at bpt.me/4051795 or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door

Tickets: Available online

book talk

07 | Apr
11:00AM
07 | Apr
11:00AM

walking tour

Ladies Mile Walking Tour with Ephemeral New York’s Esther Crain

It sold out last fall, so our popular walking tour is back! Enjoy a storied stroll along Ladies Mile, a nine- block stretch once known for posh department stores and architectural grandeur. Join Esther Crain, writer of the award-winning Ephemeral New York blog, and author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910, as she weaves in Jewish stories and Gilded Age tales about the people and places that once populated these historic blocks.

Ticket Info: $25 general; $20 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at crain.bpt.me or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

walking tour

07 | Apr
11:00AM
07 | Apr
11:00AM

workshop

Family Genealogy Day: Exploring Family Photos

Session 1: 11:00am-12:30pm
Session 2: 1:30pm-3:00pm
(morning and afternoon sessions are identical)

Through a variety of hands-on activities for the whole family, find out how family photos can help you discover and document your family’s history. Search for informative clues within our family photo exhibitions, create a portrait collage of your family, color historical fashions that your ancestors may have worn, learn simple tips for preserving your family photos and scrapbooks, and more.  We welcome explorers of all ages and abilities.

This program is presented in conjunction with the following exhibitions: Lost & Found – A Family Photo Album and All in the Family: Photographs from Across the Jewish World. On April 7, all Center for Jewish History exhibitions will be open from 11 AM – 5 PM. To learn more about our current exhibitions, please visit cjh.org/culture/exhibitions. Light refreshments will be served in the Great Hall. Please note that food and drinks are prohibited in all exhibition galleries.

>The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society are proud to partner with PJ Library for this and other upcoming family programs. PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family!

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required (must select Session 1 or 2) at familyday.bpt.me or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

workshop

28 | Apr
10:30AM
28 | Apr
10:30AM

walking tour

Union Square Walking Tour with Annie Polland

Union Square is where two major roads intersected and where labor unions gathered energy, and it is also the place where Jewish history and American history intertwined in fascinating and diverse ways. Come analyze the buildings, Macy's, Tammany Hall, Margaret Sangers Planned Parenthood townhouse and come hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This special walking tour ends with a behind-the-scenes look at the objects and primary sources including Emma Lazarus' handwritten manuscript of the New Colossus that inspired the tour.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at brownpapertickets.com/event/4051817 or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

walking tour

28 | Apr
02:00PM
28 | Apr
02:00PM

lecture

Using FamilySearch.org for Jewish Research

An overview of effective methods for locating records of Jewish ancestors on FamilySearch.org, a leading website for free international genealogical records. Presented by W. Todd Knowles, FamilySearch’s Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer.

Tours of the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, a FamilySearch affiliate library, will begin at 12:30 pm.

Ticket Info: Free; no reservations required

lecture

19 | May
10:30AM
19 | May
10:30AM

walking tour

Union Square Walking Tour with Annie Polland

Union Square is where two major roads intersected and where labor unions gathered energy, and it is also the place where Jewish history and American history intertwined in fascinating and diverse ways. Come analyze the buildings, Macy's, Tammany Hall, Margaret Sangers Planned Parenthood townhouse and come hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This special walking tour ends with a behind-the-scenes look at the objects and primary sources including Emma Lazarus' handwritten manuscript of the New Colossus that inspired the tour.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at brownpapertickets.com/event/4051817 or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

walking tour

19 | May
02:00PM
19 | May
02:00PM

lecture

WHAT"S IN A NAME? A case study of (Re)Discovering Jewish Identity on (and off) an Unlikely African Archipelago

From Poland to Brazil to New Mexico, individuals, families and communities around the world are discovering that they have Jewish ancestors who renounced and/or suppressed their religious identity. What happens when Christians today learn that some of their long-ago relatives were Jewish? The West African nation of Cabo Verde offers an especially compelling place from which to explore this intriguing process because of the unexpected convergence of Jews and Africans on a remote archipelago in the North Atlantic.

Professor Alma Gottlieb, an award-winning cultural anthropologist , will discuss her research with the Cabo Verdeans who are reconnecting with their Jewish heritage.

Ticket Info: $5 at the door; free for JGS and ASF members

lecture

09 | Jun
10:30AM
09 | Jun
10:30AM

walking tour

Union Square Walking Tour with Annie Polland

Union Square is where two major roads intersected and where labor unions gathered energy, and it is also the place where Jewish history and American history intertwined in fascinating and diverse ways. Come analyze the buildings, Macy's, Tammany Hall, Margaret Sangers Planned Parenthood townhouse and come hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This special walking tour ends with a behind-the-scenes look at the objects and primary sources including Emma Lazarus' handwritten manuscript of the New Colossus that inspired the tour.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at brownpapertickets.com/event/4051817 or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

walking tour

23 | Jun
02:00PM
23 | Jun
02:00PM

lecture

Death Records for Genealogical Research

Speaker: Phyllis Kramer

Records generated when a person dies are a great resource for the family genealogist. This presentation will cover in depth each type of record beginning with the death certificate and continuing with cemeteries, landsmanshaftn, gravestones, Social Security records, medical records, undertakers, newspaper obituaries and probate.

Phyllis Kramer is a practicing genealogist with primary interest in Eastern European Jewish research. As Vice President of Education at JewishGen.org, Phyllis created the Education Program and teaches courses and maintains 15 Kehilalinks for her ancestral shtetls.

Ticket Info: $5 at the door; free for JGS members

lecture

Group Visits and Instructional Sessions

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History welcomes groups and classes of all ages and backgrounds. Visitors may learn how to begin tracing their roots, explore primary sources useful to genealogy research, and gain hands-on experience searching for their ancestors in online databases. We have provided personalized sessions for: high school, undergraduate, and graduate classes, non-profit organizations/societies, and senior centers. All sessions can be customized for a variety of needs and group specifications.

Potential sessions can include:

  • Orientation to genealogy research and resources at the Center for Jewish History.
  • Introduction to using archival sources in genealogy research.
  • Exploration of a selected genealogy topic using collection materials.

If you are interested in learning more please fill out the form and we will be in touch.

Information on general tours can be found here.