2020 Emma Lazarus Poetry Contest Winners

Watch our contest winners read their poems, and read submissions from our finalists! 


Online Program: Meet Emma Lazarus

Students are invited to travel back in time to learn from Jewish American poet Emma Lazarus, how she used writing to express the ideas that she cared about.


The New Colossus Translation Project

Read Emma Lazarus' poem translated into over 35 languages, along with personal stories of immigration and cultural identity from our translators

Read the Translations


The Emma Lazarus Curriculum

The Emma Lazarus Project curriculum provides students with the opportunity to analyze and engage with primary source materials in order to gain a deeper understanding of the United State’s long struggle with nativism, prejudice, and antisemitism.


Mayses From the Stacks

AJHS's blog features collection highlights, exclusive interviews, hidden histories, recipes, and more!


Support Your Heritage 

Our mission of acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of American Jewish history is made possible by the generosity of people like you.


Book Talk: Once We Were Slaves
August 4, 2021
7:00 pm

The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family 

Emma's Sitting Room

On View: December 4, 2019 to December 31, 2022

Explore this exhibit online through an interactive storybook.
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The Jewish History of Jell-O

A brightly colored, jiggly agent of Americanization.Learn More

Search Online Collections

Integrated collections from the five partner institutions at the Center for Jewish History.

Visitor Information

AJHS gallery spaces and reading room are currently closed to the public 

Support AJHS

Learn how you can help support AJHS. Become a member, donate a collection, and more.

UJA-Federation of NY Collection

Archival material connected with the projects and philanthropic mission of UJA-Federation of NY.

Interactive Timeline

Follow 360 Years of The Jewish Experience in America

The New Colossus Translation Project

 Poets and translators from around the globe unfold Emma Lazarus’ poem into new languages, new meanings, and new cultures.