Come visit the American Jewish Historical Society!

The Reading Room and Genealogy Institute have paused all in-person researcher visits as a result of staffing shortages due to COVID. We expect to resume in-person researcher visits on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at the earliest.

Exhibits: Advanced Tickets are available to view the exhibit spaces at the Center for Jewish History.  Hours are: Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm, and Fri from 10-3pm.

To view the health and safety guidelines, and to make an appointment visit the CJH website.

We are located at:

Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-294-6160
Fax: 212-294-6161

Directions and Parking

  • 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, and W trains to the 14th Street and Union Square station.
  • F, V, L, and PATH trains to the 14th Street and 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) station.
  • 1, 2, and 3 trains to the 14th Street and 7th Avenue station.

The Center for Jewish History is closed on Saturday, all major Jewish holidays, and all major national holidays.

* Monday-Thursday: last call for paging is 4 pm.
   Friday: last call for paging is 12 pm.

All requests for Sunday usage must be received by 4:30 pm on the preceding Thursday. To make a request, please visit, login or become a registered user, search for the materials you wish to request, and click the ‘Reserve’ link on the left side of the item record. Once you fill out the required fields, your request will be processed. Should you have any difficulty in identifying materials or placing a request, please contact Reference Services at 917-606-8217 or

For more information about the Reading Room, please follow this link.