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What is the Center for Jewish History?

The Center for Jewish History is the home of five preeminent Jewish institutions dedicated to history, culture and art. It unites under one roof collections that bring together centuries of Jewish life.

Register for a CJH Research Account

The Center for Jewish History allows you to request items in advance of your visit.  Please visit to create and access your personal research account, and begin placing requests today.


Monday-Thursday: 9:30am - 6:00pm
Fridays: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Sundays: By advance appointment only
Monday-Thursday, last call for paging is 4:00pm. Friday, last call for paging is 12:00pm.

Sunday Appointments   |   Paging Info   |   Holiday Hours

Important Notice About Access to Digital Collections

Please note that beginning September 10, 2012 the Center will be performing maintenance on our digital collections. You can continue to search the collections through our catalog, but access to digital images themselves will be unavailable. Access to finding aids will also be unavailable. Full access to digital images and finding aids will begin again on September 21, 2012. Thank you for your patience.

Lillian Goldman Reading Room Holiday Hours

The Center for Jewish History is closed on Saturday, all major Jewish holidays, and all major national holidays.

Sunday Appointments

CJH reference staff understands that it may be difficult for some readers to use materials during the workweek, and we are happy to offer access on Sundays by appointment only. If you cannot use the collections during regular business hours, please contact Melanie Meyers ( to make an appointment for Sunday use. Please contact us and confirm your appointment before you make any reservations for materials in the online system; requests placed for Sunday use without an appointment on the calendar will be cancelled. No walk-ins will be accepted. All Sunday appointments are scheduled based on staff and materials availability, so we strongly encourage you to contact us at least two weeks in advance in order to make sure we can accommodate you. If your plans change and you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment for Sunday, please do so by 12 noon on the preceding Friday. If you do not come as scheduled, and do not notify us in advance, then you will have to use the collection materials during our regularly scheduled hours. Please visit for information on Sunday hours for the Center building (open most Sundays).

Paging Information for the Lillian Goldman Reading Room

Monday-Thursday, last call for paging is 4:00pm.
Friday, last call for paging is 12:00pm.

Group Visits and Instructional Sessions

The Center for Jewish History welcomes groups and classes of all ages. Visitors may explore primary source materials, learn about historical and genealogy research and gain skills that can be applied to any library/archive by visiting the Center’s Outreach Department. Over the past year, we have provided personalized sessions for: school groups of various ages, summer camps, scouting troops, professional organizations and senior citizens centers, all of whom have visited the Ackman & Ziff Genealogy Institute and the Lillian Goldman Reading Room as part of this initiative. Potential sessions can include:

  • Primary source research, as mandated by Common Core
  • Sessions on a selected topic, theme, or time period, using collection materials (Immigration, women’s history, and the historical aspects of “fake news” are a few recent sessions.)
  • Group genealogical classes and research sessions
  • STEM/STEAM themed sessions that show the intersection of science and the humanities/social sciences
  • Girl Scout Troop sessions that fulfill badge requirements for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors

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

Information on general tours can be found here.

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