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Center for Jewish History

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Address: 15 W 16th St, New York City, NY 10011-6301
Phone Number: +1 212-294-8301
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Fri 09:30 - 15:00

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Hidden Gem in Manhattan for Jewish Genealogy

The Centre for Jewish History (CJH) houses five organisations dealing with different aspects of both the past and present. If you are doing any research about Eastern Europe than... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Centre for Jewish History (CJH) houses five organisations dealing with different aspects of both the past and present. If you are doing any research about Eastern Europe than this is the place for you. They have computers linked to many data banks. Volunteers are available to assist with your searches. There is also a large collection of photographs. There... More 

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Jackson Heights, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

I wanted to visit the Center because they have an exhibit on Jewish Cookbooks. I was not disappointed. The exhibit was organized, well mounted and interactive. There were additional excellent exhibits so I extended my visit. I highly recommend the Center. Go to The Coffee Shop up the block on Union Square to eat and walk the neighborhood.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Greenwich Village is home to a secret treasure--a gem of a historical museum, hidden behind the façade of several beautifully renovated brownstone buildings. For New Yorkers and those visiting New York, it is worth your while to hunt treasure, two blocks away from the subway stops of 14th Street. The Center for Jewish History (CJH) houses a tremendous collection of... More 

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Atlanta
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Such potential as a center of Jewish history, but a very poorly-run and dull facility. Poor management and badly run.

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Thank JAWAtlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

We have donated all my father's memorabilia and documents from his family in Nazi Austria to be on file for future generations. A wonderful place.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

I love the reading room and the library. It's free, it's clean , it's other worldly, it's loaded with rare books and collections from 5 libraries in the city in one. It's an outstanding experience.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Visiting friends on 16th St, I noticed this building with a flag outside. Wandering in was a stroke of luck. The staff are pleasant and make you feel relaxed immediately, sooo not NY. As my friends were curious, I led them through several exhibits illustrating the role that Jews played in the colonies, the founding of America and up to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013

The full name of the exhibit is "Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War." First you will have to go through a metal detector, but the exhibit is free. The original documents on view were fascinating--and I recommend a visit here whenever you are in New York. If you have the time, there is usually another larger exhibit... More 

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west hills, ca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013

If you are interested in genealogy this is the place to trace your roots. There are computers or you can bring your own but you have to check your bags . There is a brief registration process and of course some security to go through at the entrance. There are assistants to help you, come with as much info you... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2012

Although this has been in NYC for 10 years, I visited it for the 1st time last month. It is the home of 5 Jewish institutions and the exhibits benefit from the different perspectives of each. It is amazing to see the wide variety of photos, posters, documents, newspapers, Judaica, and articles of everyday life. In addition to the exhibits... More 

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Flatiron District
Offering many of city’s best restaurants and shops set amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building, which makes a good picture no matter what angle you photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant architecture as you stroll the streets- much of this neighborhood is part of a historic district that was home to many of the city’s most famous department stores at the turn of the century. At the northern end of the neighbourhood, Madison Square Park is best known for being the home of a famous burger shack, but it can also be a quiet refuge to spend an afternoon, and it frequently hosts interesting public art exhibits. In the lower part of the Flatiron District you'll find Union Square, a bustling crossroads at all times of day and night.
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