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Newsletter "Heritage"

Letter from the President

Dear Friends:

Kenneth J. Bialkin

Your support in the past year has been critical to the American Jewish Historical Society’s evolution as the leading institution for the study of the Jewish experience in this nation. Our new heqadquarters at the beautiful Center for Jewish History in New York City has brought our work to the attention of thousands of gallery visitors, program audiences and researchers.

Our academic operations in both New York and Waltham have never been busier. Our recently updated website,, is added to virtually every day and is considered the leading Internet resource in the field of American Jewish history. AJHS is also the sponsor of, a website about the history of American Jews in sports created by the Center for Advanced Technology at New York University. This encyclopedic site will provide information and entertainment for young and old alike.

We continue our collaborative efforts with the Hadassah Archives, the Gomez Foundation for Mill House and the American Society for Jewish Music. Recently, we formed an alliance with the Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Jacob Raider Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives to plan activities to mark the 350th anniversary, in 2004, of the landing of the first permanent Jewish settlement in North America.

Our own Academic Council will also be planning a number of scholarly events in conjunction with the anniversary. The Society continues to extend its impact because thousands of individuals, businesses and foundations have been generous in their support. I want to thank each one of our trustees, members, donors, researchers, academic advisors and friends for their gifts of time, energy and financial support.

Kenneth J. Bialkin,

AJHS Welcomes New Trustees

At its January meeting, the Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Historical Society elected òve new members to its ranks. The individuals are :
Susan Hertog, New York, NY
Shalom Lamm, West Hempstead, NY
Gilbert Lang Matthews, San Antonio, TX
Suzanne Last Stone, New York NY
David Solomon, New York, NY

AJHS Welcomes New Staff

AJHS is pleased to welcome the following new staff members:

Sarah Davis, Registrar.

Brian Giacalone, Sports Archive Assistant.
Brian is a Connecticut native and received a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Connecticut. His previous experience is in public relations.

Dominic Grandinetti, Associate Archivist.
Dominic is from Massachusetts and majored in history with a minor in education from Suffolk University. His previous experience is in accounting, and has recently graduated from Simmons College with a Library Science degree that concentrated in archives.

Julie Koven, Southborough, MA. Reference Librarian / Cataloguer in New York, holds her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Jewish Studies from Brandeis and a Masters of Library Science from Simmons College.

Jeffrey Plevan, Administrative Assistant.
Jeffrey was born and raised in New York. He is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona, where he majored in Judaic Studies and minored in History.

Adina Anflick, Assistant Archivist.
Adina is also from Connecticut. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland.

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