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The American Jewish Historical Society is the oldest ethnic, cultural archive in the United States. AJHS provides access to more than 30 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1654 to the present.

At our home on West 16th street in downtown Manhattan, as well as in our Boston branch on Newbury street, AJHS illuminates American Jewish history through our many archival treasures, scholarship, exhibitions, and public programs. Among the treasures of this heritage are the handwritten original of Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, which graces the Statue of Liberty; records of the nation’s leading Jewish communal organizations, and important collections in the fields of education, philanthropy, science, sports, business, and the arts.

Re: David Myers as CEO of the Center for Jewish History

From: Academic Council, AJHS, and Academic Advisory Council, CJH

We are writing to support the Board’s decision to hire Dr. David Myers as the CEO of the Center for Jewish History.

When Dr. Myers was hired as CEO of the Center for Jewish History the Center Board was surely aware of his outstanding scholarship in modern Jewish history and his thoughtful engagement in contemporary political issues. In fact, Dr. Myers’ ability to bridge scholarly and popular settings is one of the reasons that he is so well suited to lead the CJH. Regardless of issue or context, Dr. Myers has never hidden his opinions nor has he ever engaged in ad hominem attacks. His writing and speeches are grounded in a deep historical understanding of society, politics, and culture. Dr. Myers’ criticism of certain Israeli policies and leaders are irrelevant to the responsibilities of his position as CEO of the Center for Jewish History. An institution grounded in scholarship, the Center for Jewish History houses the records and archives of five American Jewish institutions devoted to preserving the history of Jewish life in the modern diaspora. We strongly support the Board’s decision to hire David Myers, and we urge the Board to disregard the orchestrated and politically-motivated attacks on him.

The following signatories include scholars associated with the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History.

Signed:

Lila Corwin Berman, Temple University, Chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Tobias Brinkmann, Pennsylvania State University, member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Hasia R. Diner, New York University, member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History
Marc Dollinger, San Francisco State University, member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University, member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Libby Garland, Kingsborough Community College, The City University of New York, member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Eric Goldstein, Emory University, member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Daniel Greene, Northwestern University, member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Christine Hayes, Yale University, member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History
Marion Kaplan, New York University, member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History
Ari Kelman, Stanford University, member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Rachel Kranson, University of Pittsburgh, member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Lisa Leff, American University, member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History
Adam Mendelsohn, University of Cape Town (South Africa), member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Deborah Dash Moore, University of Michigan, member of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Historical Society
Pamela S. Nadell, American University, President of the Association for Jewish Studies
Annie Polland, Executive Vice President, Programs & Interpretation, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Riv-Ellen Prell, University of Minnesota, member of the Executive Board of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan, member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History
Beth S. Wenger, University of Pennsylvania, Chair, Academic Advisory Council, Center for Jewish History

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