January 27, 2016: Jewish Genetic Genealogy: A Study in Endogamy with Israel Pickholtz.
Need help understanding and interpreting your DNA test results? DNA results are especially complicated for Jews, who have largely “married within the tribe” for hundreds of years-a practice known as endogamy. This phenomenon, with variations, occurs in other populations including early American colonial. In this presentation, Israel Pickholtz will tackle this challenge head on. Since every family is different, rather than taking a “how-to” approach, he will demonstrate how he dealt with endogamy in his family and identify general lessons that apply to all DNA research. His goal is to inspire listeners and readers to say, “I can do this!” Following the talk, copies of his book, ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People, will be available for purchase and signing.
October 3, 2015: Join us at Family History Day in Boston at the Sheraton Boston Hotel with American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society) and Findmypast.
October 28, 2015: Paul Zoll MD: The Pioneer Whose Discoveries Prevent Sudden Death with author Stafford Cohen.
Dr. Paul M. Zoll (1911-1999) was a Jewish American physician and medical researcher whose innovations and ideas changed the field of cardiac care. His medical contributions include the development of closed-chest pacemakers and defibrillators, implantable pacemakers and heart monitors. The book Paul Zoll MD shows the human dimensions of Zoll, including his childhood, education, military service, family relationships, recreational interests, and social associations throughout his life. Join author Dr. Stafford I. Cohen—a medical resident under Zoll and, later, a colleague at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston—for a special lecture and exhibit on the life and medical contributions of Dr. Zoll. Book sales and signing to follow; this lecture will accompany an exhibit of cardiac care devices and other items of Zoll memorabilia.
September 9, 2015: Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind with author Sarah Wildman.
Years after her grandparents had passed away, Wildman found a cache of letters written to her grandfather revealing the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: her name was Valerie Scheftel—Valy. She was her grandfather’s lover who had remained in Europe after he fled to the United States in 1938. Why had she not left with him? What had happened to her? Learn about Wildman’s research journey across five different countries and what she discovered about one woman’s story. Book sales and signing to follow. Held in conjunction with the AJHS-NEA exhibit on the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
May 21, 2014: American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball with author Larry Ruttman.
Author Larry Ruttman spent more than five years interviewing a wide range of figures who experienced “America’s game” both on and off the field. Ruttman compiled the life stories of these and many others into American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball, an oral and cultural history. The book explores the cultural connection between Jews and baseball, and Jewish heritage and its impact on the lives of the subjects. Among the fascinating interview subjects are MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, players Kevin Youkilis, Al Rosen, Art Shamsky, Gabe Kapler, Ron Blomberg, Ken Holtzman, Shawn Green, and Brad Ausmus; club owners and executives, sportswriters, fans like attorney Alan Dershowitz and former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, and more. Their stories tell, as no previous book has, the history of the role of Jews in America’s pastime.March 2014
December 15-17, 2013: AJHS-NEA will be at the Association of Jewish Studies conference. If you’re in town for the event, come visit us at our booth!
December 8, 2013: AJHS-NEA will be at Limmud Boston! It’s not too late to get tickets to this day-long, educational event. Visit their website for more information, and come visit us at our booth!
An informative and entertaining article about AJHS-NEA’s President of the Boston Board of Overseers, Justin (Jerry) Wyner was published in the Thanksgiving edition of The Jewish Journal.
August 4-9, 2013: The 33rd Annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is coming to the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston! AJHS New England Archives is pleased to participate in the Share Fair on Sunday, August 4th and the Resource Room, which will be open all week. Have you registered yet?
July 31, 2013: Genealogists from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston will be available at our 5th floor reference desk to help with Jewish genealogy questions from 6-8 PM. Sessions are free but you must RSVP by July 29th to 617-226-1245.
July 26, 2013: The New England Historic Genealogical Society is participating in the 5th annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. NEHGS will open its doors at no cost to visitors all day long. Free Fun Fridays is a program that includes 60 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts. Each Friday this summer, there will be six venues open for free. For the full program schedule and to learn more about Free Fun Fridays, please visit www.highlandstreet.org. Click here for a schedule of events at NEHGS. AJHS-NEA staff will be available at our 5th floor reference desk.
May 2013: The American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives, has recently entered into a strategic partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. You can read the press release for more detail, and make sure to check out the NEHGS website for more information on their library and collections!
December 2nd, from 8AM-7PM: AJHS will be at LimmudBoston! Come by and see our exhibition table and learn more about our archive. For more information or to buy tickets for LimmudBoston, visit their website at http://www.LimmudBoston.org.
December 5th and 19th from 6-8PM: Wednesday Night Jewish Genealogy with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. If you’re new to genealogy or just hitting a brick wall with your research, these genealogists can answer your questions and help identify resources. Sessions are free but you must RSVP by 3PM on December 4th or 18th. Call 617-226-1245 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot.
November 14th from 6-8PM: Wednesday Night Jewish Genealogy with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. If you’re new to genealogy or just hitting a brick wall with your research, these genealogists can answer your questions and help identify resources. Sessions are free but you must RSVP by 3PM on November 13th. Call 617-226-1245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
October 3rd and 17th from 6-8PM: Wednesday Night Jewish Genealogy with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. If you’re new to genealogy or just hitting a brick wall with your research, these genealogists can answer your questions and help identify resources. Sessions are free but you must RSVP by 3PM on October 2nd or 16th. Call 617-226-1245 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot.
October 30th at 7:30PM: Join us for a joyful evening of theatre, music and storytelling, as performers and local personalities (including actress Annette Miller, WCVB’s Ted Reinstein, Tufts University professor Barbara Grossman and Boston City Councillor Mike Ross) share the stories of Boston’s early Jewish pioneers in New Center LIVE!: The Promised Land. When Jews first arrived in Boston in the 17th century, Boston, with its Puritan heritage, was an inhospitable place. By the late 1800’s when they began to settle in large numbers, Jews found a city with few Jewish institutions or resources to help. Discover the stories of these early immigrants who overcame great adversity and planted the seeds for today’s Boston Jewish community. One of those pioneers was a precocious young woman named Mary Antin, who, in 1912 wrote a national bestseller, The Promised Land, which became the country’s most famous immigrant autobiography and a symbol of Jewish struggles and achievements. Note: This event will be held at the Arsenal Center for the Arts: Charles Mosesian Theater, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Admission is $45 for Patron or $28 for Regular.
Wednesday Night Genealogy Dates
New sessions of Wednesday Night Jewish Genealogy with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston have been scheduled. Mark your calendars for September 19th, October 3rd, October 17th, November 14th, December 5th, December 19th, from 6-8 PM. Genealogists will be available at our 5th floor reference desk to help those who are just starting out to those who have hit a “brick wall” in their research. Sessions are free to attend but you must RSVP in advance by calling 617-226-1245 to reserve a space.
September 19th from 6-8PM: Wednesday Night Jewish Genealogy with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. If you’re new to genealogy or just hitting a brick wall with your research, these genealogists can answer your questions and help identify resources. Sessions are free but you must RSVP by 3PM on September 18th. Call 617-226-1245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
New AJHS, New England Archives Exhibit
“Lest These Things Depart Your Heart: Stories of the Shoah and World War II from the Boston Jewish Community” is now on exhibit in the 2nd floor Education Center at 99-101 Newbury Street. Please call 617-226-1245 if interested in viewing the exhibit.
September 12th from 6-8 PM: Author Michael Hoberman will discuss his book New Israel /New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America, which examines the history of colonial New England through the lens of its first settlers. The New England Puritans’ fascination with the legacy of the Jewish religion has been well documented, but their interactions with actual Jews have escaped sustained historical attention. New Israel/New England tells the story of the Sephardic merchants in Boston and Newport between the mid-seventeenth century and the American Revolution. It also explores the complex and often contradictory meanings that the Puritans attached to Judaism and the fraught attitudes that they bore toward the Jews as a people.
Notice from Justin L. Wyner, Chairman of the Board of Overseers, on the passing of Efrem Weinreb, former AJHS Trustee
It is my sad duty to report the passing on August 23rd of long-time AJHS trustee and good friend Efrem Weinreb, age 91.
Efrem Weinreb was a trustee of the AJHS for more than 30 years, joining the board while we were still located on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. He had a particular passion for the unique history of Boston Jewry. Efrem believed that AJHS served two important roles: documenting American Jewish life, and perhaps more importantly telling the story of the American Jewish experience through publications, exhibitions and programs. Several years ago, Kelly funded a lecture series at AJHS, New England Archives in Efrem’s honor.
Efrem was an energetic advocate for AJHS, encouraging his broad network of friends and family to support the Society and attend its events and exhibitions. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. He brought energy and enthusiasm to everything he undertook in business, communal service and family life. He was a true mensch, and we will miss him.
In Efrem’s obituary in the Boston Globe, his wife, Kelly Schein Weinreb, asked that gifts in his memory be made to AJHS, New England Archives.
Wednesday Night Jewish Genealogy session on July 25th from 6-8 PM. See homepage for more details. To RSVP, call 617-226-1245.
“From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America” will be at the Langroise Center at the College of Idaho through March 16th, 2012.
Thursday, September 29-Friday, September 30: AJHS closed for Rosh Hashana.
September 7th and 21st, 6-8PM: Genealogists from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston will be on hand to answer your questions or get you started on researching your own family tree. For more information, contact us at 617-226-1245.
August 10th and 24th, 6-8PM: Genealogists from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston will be on hand to answer your questions or get you started on researching your own family tree. For more information, contact us at 617-226-1245.
July 13th and 27th, 6-8PM: Genealogists from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston will be on hand to answer your questions or get you started on researching your own family tree. For more information, contact us at 617-226-1245.
In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, The New England Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society will present a lecture, “Among Mishpocha: At Home in the Boston Jewish Community” by Dr. Michael Feldberg on Wednesday May 25, 2011 at 6 PM in the Education Center of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 Newbury Street, Boston.
Dr. Feldberg, an historian and former executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), is currently executive director of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. He will speak about Jewish genealogy in its historical context by highlighting some of the Boston Jewish family collections currently on exhibit at the New England Archives of AJHS. He will also offer an overview of some of the institutional and organizational records at AJHS that contain materials of interest to genealogists.
The New England Archives of AJHS will be closed on Monday, April 18th for Patriot’s Day (aka Marathon Monday) and Tuesday, April 19th in observance of Passover.
AJHS is pleased to announce our first exhibit in our new space at the New England Historic Genealogical Society! “Among Mishpocha: At Home with Boston’s Jewish Families” is on display from April 4-June 30, 2011, in the Education Center on the 2nd floor. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9AM-5PM and Wednesday from 9AM-9PM. The exhibit features photographs and artifacts from many of our family collections. We hope you stop by to see it!
New Database for Researchers: Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts.
The National Center for Jewish Film’s 14th Annual Film Festival takes place March 2-March 14. AJHS is supporting the film “Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray” on March 3rd. Buy your tickets today!
Our new plaque has been put up! Check it out.
Wondering how to preserve those family papers? AJHS can help. Read Michael Feldberg’s article in the Jewish Advocate, here.
A recent article from the Jewish Advocate about our move to the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).
An article in Heritage about our move to Boston’s New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS.)
You can view video from our opening reception, held on October 12, 2010 at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, here.