History & Mission

The Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society is a resource for exploring and preserving the histories of Jewish families and institutions in New England and beyond.

In 2010, the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) launched a collaboration designed to enhance Jewish historical and genealogical research and the continued collection and preservation of Jewish history. In 2015, the collaboration was further strengthened when the New England Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society were permanently deposited at New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The Jewish Heritage Center, with the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives as its cornerstone, engages historians, genealogists, youth, and the general public in programming and research to advance the study of the history, culture, and institutional legacies of Jewish families in New England and beyond by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through scholarship, collections, and expertise while serving as an archival and educational resource for other Jewish organizations and institutions.