Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Center for Jewish History Inc

  • New York, NY
  • www.cjh.org

Mission Statement

The Center for Jewish History and its five partner organizations—American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research—provide access to more than 500,000 volumes and 100 million documents from their collections, including thousands of pieces of artwork, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films and photographs. Taken as a whole, the collections span more than 600 years of Jewish history and comprise the largest and most comprehensive repository of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. At the Center, the history of the Jewish people is illuminated through scholarship and cultural programming, exhibitions and symposia, lectures and performances.

Main Programs

  1. 5 distinguished organizations
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

International

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Joel J. Levy

Keywords

Self-reported

Jewish Culture, History, Preservation, Scholarship

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Also Known As

CJH

EIN

13-3863344

 Number

6673829111

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Center for Jewish History is a global resource for Jewish learning, family history research, and exhibitions that illuminate the history of the Jewish people. The Center stands as a model of how libraries and learning institutions can best serve 21st-century publics. The Center has welcomed to its New York City home more than 400,000 visitors, including students, teachers, researchers, historians, patrons of the arts, genealogists and members of the local community. Additionally, more than one million people, in over 150 countries, have used the Center's websites and online platforms to access its resources via the Internet.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

5 distinguished organizations

The Center for Jewish History provides a home for five distinguished organizations: American Jewish Historical Society ("AJHS"), American Sephardi Federation("ASF"), Leo Baeck Institute ("LBI"), Yeshiva University Museum ("YUM"), and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research ("YIVO"). A whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, the synergy of Eastern European Jewry, Sephardic Jewry, German-speaking Jewry, and the American Jewish experience makes the Center for Jewish History a unique institution of historic significance. The collections of the research institutions at the Center total more than 500,000 volumes and 100 million archival documents, and include tens of thousands of pieces of artwork, textiles, and ritual objects, as well as music, films, and photographs. They comprise, taken as a whole, the largest repository of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,375,625.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

International

Social Media

Blog

photos


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Financials

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The Center for Jewish History Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Center for Jewish History Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Joel J. Levy

BIO

Joel J. Levy brings more than 25 years of management and fundraising experience to the Center for Jewish History. Most recently, he was the Director of Development at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he served since 2009. Levy was formerly the New York Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League for nine years. Prior to that he was the Chairman for Germany of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation and Co-Managing Director of the SHOAH Visual History Foundation, both based in Berlin. For many years, Levy was a Senior U.S. Foreign Service Officer. As Principal Officer of the U.S. Embassy Office in Berlin, he managed a staff of 170, representing 16 U.S. government agencies and a budget of $43 million. Among other assignments, he served in Washington D.C., Malta, Tanzania, and Romania. He holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University, a B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College and studied Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Center for Jewish History makes important strides in bringing Jewish history to life for local and global communities through cultural programming, exhibitions, unrivaled historical documentation and scholarshiindependent research facility and destination for the exploration of Jewish history and heritage, the Center has established itself as a cultural mainstay in New York City.

The Center is now at a crucial point in its development as it transforms into an institution that at once serves an onsite community of individuals, school groups, scholars and researchers, and a global online audience. The careful preservation of Jewish history—and the transmission of that history through collective study and critical engagement with historical material—is the core of the Center's work.  

As the Center enters its second decade, it is prepared to do even more to secure the legacy of the Jewish people. Having already earned its reputation as a leading research institution, the Center is positioned to contribute to shaping the contemporary landscapes of fields such as library science, digital humanities, public education and archival practice."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms Amy Goldman Fowler

No Affiliation

Term: Sept 2014 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?