Join Us… Become a Member

The Center for Jewish History is home to five Partners whose archives total the largest repository of modern Jewish history outside of Israel.

5
Miles of Archives
500
Years of History
5 dozen languages
500,000
Books

50,000
Digitized Photographs

In late 2000, the Center for Jewish History opened its doors as the new “Library of Congress of the Jewish people.” It became the central address of five preeminent Partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Since then, the Center and its Partners have created a beautiful home for scholarship, learning, and Jewish cultural engagement. The Center not only protects the original evidence of Jewish history—we provide opportunities to learn from it.

Center for Jewish History Membership Benefits

$50 – Sustaining Membership

  • Discounted tickets to Center programs
  • Priority check-in at Center programs
  • Printed calendar of events
  • Discounts to courses held at the Center (presented by the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research)

$100 – Conservator Membership

  • All of the above
  • Invitation to a behind-the-scenes tour
  • Special “thank you” gift
  • Invitations to members-only events

$250 – Heritage Membership

  • All of the above
  • Customized, private behind-the-scenes tour for up to six people
  • Lillian Goldman Reading Room workshop where you can learn how to unlock the treasures housed at the Center
  • Free admission to all Center programs
  • Smithsonian Affiliate Membership which includes benefits at participating institutions and a subscription to Smithsonian Magazine subscription*

$500 – Collector Membership

  • All of the above
  • Invitation to the Center’s exclusive Titans of Industry event
  • Invitation to a “thank you” event featuring an extraordinary special guest
  • Unique preview of archival collections new to the Center
  • Behind-the-scenes visit inside The David Berg Rare Book Room or the Collection Management & Conservation Wing

The Center offers special recognition opportunities for donors of $1,000 or more. Please contact the development office to learn more about:

  • Sponsoring a public program
  • Supporting an intern
  • Digitizing a rare book
  • Naming a space or special initiative


Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute Membership Benefits

$100 - Genealogy Beginner

  • Sustaining Membership
  • A-to-Z Genealogy Kit
  • Priority entry to the Family History Today lecture series and other genealogy events
  • Invitation to attend a genealogy workshop

$250 - Genealogy Investigator

  • All of the above
  • Conservator Membership
  • Invitation to attend unlimited genealogy workshops for you and up to three guests
  • One-hour consultation with a genealogy librarian

$500 - Genealogy Expert

  • All of the above
  • Heritage Membership
  • Two additional one-hour consultations with a genealogy librarian for your guests
  • Customized genealogy workshop for up to six people
  • “Family Finder” DNA testing kit from Family Tree DNA
  • Special workshop to understand your DNA test results

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute offers research packages starting at $1,000. To learn about having a genealogy expert do your family history research, contact the Center’s development office.

All genealogy workshops are available as private events. Contact the Center’s development office to book a private workshop for your family or group.