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.
Mr. Joel J. Levy
Jewish Culture, History, Preservation, Scholarship
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15 West 16th St
New York, NY 10011 USA
Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)
Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)
Libraries, Library Science (B70)
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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.
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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.
The Center's Lillian Goldman Reading Room is the heart of the Center's academic program and the gateway to the collections, where researchers from around the world gather to study the Jewish past. Since the opening of the Center in October 2000, the use of its Lillian Goldman Reading Room has grown significantly, with more than 30,000 patrons conducting research at the Center.
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Mr. Joel J. Levy
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.
Ms Amy Goldman Fowler
Term: Sept 2014 -
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