Author Archives: Webmaster- AJHS New England

Barney Ross’s Greatest Battles

Interested in learning more about American Jewish history and AJHS-New England Archives? Join our mailing list today to receive our quarterly newsletter and event invitations! As a boy in Chicago, Barnet Rasofsky planned to become a Talmudic scholar and Hebrew teacher. In … Continue reading

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Employee Spotlight: Leah Ellenbogen

In 2012, Leah Ellenbogen was looking for an opportunity to work in a library. She emailed several area libraries and archives, and soon heard back from AJHS-NEA Director Judi Garner. Leah wasn’t sure exactly what working at the archive would … Continue reading

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Collection Highlight: Boston YMHA-Hecht House

AJHS-NEA holds the papers of many of the region’s notable Jewish institutions. Among these can be found the story of how two 19th century Jewish organizations came together and created a lasting legacy. The Young Men’s Hebrew Association (Y.M.H.A.) was … Continue reading

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Interview with Kelsey Sawyer, Archives Assistant

What do you do at work on a typical day? I am usually working on something for the digital archives. This involves prepping a collection to be uploaded by making sure the scans are with the information they are supposed … Continue reading

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Help Digitize the Records of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: Frances Kastrovitsky’s Story

The HIAS Collection is one of AJHS-NEA’s most popular, both for its wealth of genealogical information and its historical importance. However, the collection is fragile; some of its papers are literally crumbling. This makes the collection difficult for researchers to … Continue reading

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Tips from the Archivist: Have Papers, Will Donate?

Most families have “papers” – a nebulous term for a collection of items that can include correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, newspapers, artifacts, and schoolwork – and often these papers sit in basements or attics where they risk becoming damaged by mold … Continue reading

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Chapter VIII: Don Solomono Bibo, Jewish Indian Chief

Interested in learning more about American Jewish history and AJHS-New England Archives? Join our mailing list today to receive our quarterly newsletter and event invitations! From the earliest contact between North American Indians and white European settlers, the Europeans held the upper … Continue reading

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Chapter VII: Nathan Straus and the White Peril

In memory of Rashi Fein, a leading voice for public health and social justice Interested in learning more about American Jewish history and AJHS-New England Archives? Join our mailing list today to receive our quarterly newsletter and event invitations! The American most … Continue reading

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Chapter VI: Moses Michael Hays: “A Most Valuable Citizen” of Boston

Interested in learning more about American Jewish history and AJHS-New England Archives? Join our mailing list today to receive our quarterly newsletter and event invitations! The Hays and Touro families were among the most important in New England in the colonial and … Continue reading

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Chapter V: The Denization of Luis Moses Gomez

Interested in learning more about American Jewish history and AJHS-New England Archives? Join our mailing list today to receive our quarterly newsletter and event invitations! This year marks the 300th anniversary of Gomez House in Marlboro, NY, the oldest known Jewish residence … Continue reading

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