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American Jewish Historical Society

Site is mostly about the organization but also includes some sources and historical material on American Jewry.

Founded in 1892 as a membership organization, research library, archives and museum, the American Jewish Historical Society is the oldest ethnic historical organization in the United  States. The Society was the first systematic collector of archival, published and artifactual sources depicting the religious, communal, cultural and political life of American Jewry, and  the ways in which that community has contributed to the wider society. Often referred to as  the "national archives" of American Jewry, its holdings are the preeminent resource for  scholars, museums, filmmakers and publishers who want to document American Jewish life  from the 1500s to the present.


Arizona Jewish Historic Society

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is dedicated to preserving Jewish history in Arizona. The Society collects, preserves, exhibits, and publishes, relevant materials such as photographs, letters, diaries, oral histories, scrapbooks, and artifacts having reference to the settlement and history of Jews in Arizona and the Southwest. 

The Society is also restoring Phoenix's first synagogue as the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.  Originally built in 1922, it will provide a place where people of all faiths can come to learn about our Jewish history and culture as well as the tremendous diversity of our state.


Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to collecting and preserving historical documents, photographs, and memorabilia of the Jewish community of Greater New Haven.  Established in 1976, the Society's main commitment is to reach the largest audience possible through publications, exhibitions, seminars, and educational programs.


Jewish Historical Society of Delaware

The Jewish Historical Society of Delaware (JHSD) collects and preserves items that tell the story of the Delaware Jewish Community and Jewish life in Delaware.

The Society actively encourages members of the entire Jewish community to consider donating items documenting the diversity of life of Jewish individuals, families, organizations and businesses in Delaware to the Archives of the JHSD.

New Jersey

The Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey

The JHSCJ was organized on November 7, 1977, and now serves Middlesex, Union, and Somerset, Warren, and Hunterton Counties in New Jersey.  Official meetings occur twice annually.  The main functions of the Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey are to promote, research, and publish when possible all facets of Central New Jersey's Jewish experience. We maintain an Archival Collection which is available to researchers. We promote educational programs and exhibits for both the Jewish and general communities. We hope to foster pride in our heritage to all our Jewish constituents, whether they are old-time residents or recent arrivals.

New Mexico


New Mexico Jewish Historical Society

The mission of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society is: to promote greater understanding and knowledge of New Mexico's Jewish history. The Society's programs examine the state's Jewish heritage in all its diversity, and strive to present this heritage within a broad cultural context. The Society is a secular organization and solicits the membership and participation of all interested people, regardless of religious affiliation.

South Carolina

Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina

The Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina (JHSSC) was founded in 1994 to encourage the study and interpretation of South Carolina Jewish history and to increase awareness of that heritage among Jews and non-Jews. The Society holds two meetings a year, one a large gathering in Charleston or Columbia, the other a regional event in a smaller town. Historian Dale Rosengarten and a dedicated corps of volunteers have recorded some 300 oral histories pertaining to South Carolina Jewish life and culture. Project staff have been compiling an extensive manuscript archives, including records of families, businesses, synagogues, and Jewish organizations. The archives already contain hundreds of manuscripts, historical photographs, genealogical records, and fieldwork files.


Texas Jewish Historical Society

Washington, D.C.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and its Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum preserve, chronicle and present the story of the local Jewish community through archival collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and the restoration and preservation of the oldest synagogue building in the nation’s capital. The Museum is located in the historic 1876 Adas Israel Synagogue—the oldest in the Washington, D.C., area. The synagogue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites (PDF), and the Historic American Buildings Survey. It is an Official Project of the Save America’s Treasures program.


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