American Jewish Historical Society

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American Jewish Historical Society
Center for Jewish History NYC.jpg
Established 1892
Location 15 West 16th Street, Manhattan, New York, USA
Director Rachel Lithgow
Public transit access Subway: 14th Street – Union Square
Website AJHS

The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) was founded in 1892 with the mission to foster awareness and appreciation of the American Jewish heritage and to serve as a national scholarly resource for research through the collection, preservation and dissemination of materials relating to American Jewish history.[1][2][3][4]


The American Jewish Historical Society is the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the United States. The Society’s library, archives, photograph, and art and artifacts collections document the American Jewish experience. They are housed in the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.[5]

The society has administrative offices in both New York, New York, and in Boston, Massachusetts. It has served as a public educational and interpretive function by publishing a journal, a newsletter, monographs and reference works on the American Jewish experience.

In 2007, it was among over 530 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.[6]

Past Presidents[edit]

  • Oscar S. Straus, 1892-1898
  • Cyrus Adler, 1899-1921
  • A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1921-1948
  • Lee M. Friedman, 1948-1952
  • Salo W. Baron, 1952-1954
  • David de Sola Pool, 1954-1955
  • Jacob Rader Marcus, 1955-1958
  • Bertram W. Korn, 1958-1961
  • Abram Kanof, MD, 1961-1964
  • Leon J. Obermayer, 1964-1967
  • Philip D. Sang, 1967-1969
  • Abram Vossen Goodman, 1969-1972
  • Abraham J. Karp, 1972-1975
  • Maurice Jacobs, 1975-1976
  • David R. Pokross, 1976-1979
  • Saul Viener, 1979-1982
  • Ruth B. Fein, 1982-1985
  • Morris Soble, 1985-1988
  • Phil David Fine, 1988-1990
  • Ronald C. Curhan, 1990-1993
  • Justin Wyner, 1993-1998
  • Kenneth J. Bialkin, 1998-2003
  • Sidney Lapidus, 2003-2007
  • Daniel R. Kaplan, 2007-2010
  • Paul B. Warhit, 2011-


The American Jewish Historical Society publishes a bi-yearly newsletter, Heritage[7] and the online journals American Jewish History and Jews in Sports Online. The Jewish-American Hall of Fame is a division of the Society.[8] The Society also publishes books, a genealogy program, museums tours, academic assistance and other related educational activities.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ American Jewish Historical Society: organized at New York, June 7, 1892. 1892. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Report of organization: abstract from the minutes, 1892. 1892. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ United States Congressional serial set, Issue 3309. 1895. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Edward L. Queen, Stephen R. Prothero, Gardiner H. Shattuck (2009). Encyclopedia of American religious history, Volume 1. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Jonathan D. Sarna (2005). American Judaism: a history. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Roberts, Sam (July 6, 2005). "New York Times: City Groups Get Bloomberg Gift of $20 Million". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010.  Retrieved on September 3, 2007
  7. ^ Heritage: newsletter of the American Jewish Historical Society. 2003. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mel Wacks papers regarding Gerta Ries Wiener and the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, 1970–1996". Archives of American Art. Retrieved Oct 31, 2011. 

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