Please note: Entry to the Center is by appointment only.

Reading Room
Beginning August 10
Tues & Thurs: 10:00am-4pm

Exhibit Spaces
Beginning August 23
Mon-Thurs: 10:00am-4pm (Last entry 3:30pm)
Fri: 10:00am-3pm (Last entry 2:30pm)
Sat & Sun: Closed


212.294.8301 ext. 5101

Employment Opportunities

The Center for Jewish History is home to five partners—American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partner collections total more than five miles of archival material and span nearly a thousand years of history. When the Center opened its doors as the new "Library of Congress of the Jewish people," it made a commitment to preserve the treasures that live within its walls and make them accessible to scholars, students, and diverse audiences. The Center relies on philanthropic support to do this work.

The Center is currently looking to fill the following position/s:

Under the supervision of the Controller, the Senior Accountant will conduct a substantial portion of the accounting and audit preparation for CJH. In addition to working closely with the outside auditors, the Senior Accountant will interact directly with Development department and Visitor Services staff.

Job Description

  • Hours: Full-time
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Location: Combination of virtual and in-office


  • Assist in day-to-day accounting operations, including month-end closing activities, general ledger review, reconciliations, and researching technical accounting matters 
  • Conduct general accounting and reporting in: 
    • Cash (bank reconciliations and weekly cash log) 
    • Cash Receipts (deposit checks via remote deposit and cash at bank, when applicable) 
    • Accounts Payable (invoices and payments) 
    • Accounts Receivable (invoices and payments received), including Partners' billing 
    • Benefits (reconciliation and allocation of expenses) 
    • Revenue and Pledges Receivables 
    • Net Assets with and without donor's restrictions (Temporarily and Permanently Restricted), including monthly releases 
    • Investments 
    • Fixed Assets 
    • Prepaids 
    • Financial system AP and AR sub ledgers to general ledger reconciliations 
  • Process bi-monthly payroll 
  • Manage employees' deductions and employer's contributions related to benefits/fringes 
  • Work closely with Development department to track and report grant and contributions activity 
  • Prepare and review journal entries 
  • Prepare monthly reports for distribution to management and board 
  • Creation of new GL account combinations, AP Vendors, and AR Customers when needed 
  • Assist in the development of accounting procedures by recommending improvements or changes for greater efficiency through direct intervention or supervision 
  • Analysis of general ledger accounts as required 
  • Meet deadlines appearing in month-end close tasks and checklists 
  • Prepare audit schedules, financial statements, and tax schedules as required 
  • Participate in special projects and ad hoc analyses 
  • Perform additional duties as requested


  • Degree in Accounting or Finance 
  • CPA is preferred, but not required 
  • Minimum 4-5 years of related experience 
  • Accounting experience in a nonprofit is highly desirable 
  • Hands-on experience in accounting software. Blackbaud preferred. Experience with Raiser's Edge a plus. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, particularly in Microsoft Excel 
  • Competence in managing accounting operations, particularly related to applications and systems, operations workflow practices, and recordkeeping processes in a remote environment 
  • Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills are required, as well as attention to details 
  • Must have proven skills in managing deadlines 
  • Competency in preparing audit schedules, analyses, and variance explanations 
  • Must possess ability to make independent decisions and handle stressful situations as circumstances warrant 
  • Proven ability to work productively and collaboratively with all levels of staff

The Center for Jewish History is committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

Please email cover letter and resume to MiMi Wu, Controller, at mimi@cjh.org.

The Maintenance Staff Team Member will report to the Operations Manager. The successful candidate will work closely with department members in Maintenance, Engineering, and Operations to ensure that maintenance of the Center’s buildings and infrastructure. The position is permanent and full-time.

Job Description

  • Salary: $16/hour
  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Duration: Permanent, employed at will
  • Location: On-site at 15 West 16th St., New York, NY 10011

Main Duties

Maintenance staff’s primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Sweep the 16th street and 17th street sidewalks. 
  • Vacuum mats/carpets within 16th street lobby, coat check area and orientation theater, 
  • Sweep, mop, vacuum, buff all floors within public areas 
  • Clean all glass within all public areas 
  • Clean/disinfect and service all restrooms 
  • Pick up boxes and recycle 
  • Mop all stairways once a week 
  • Clean/disinfect elevators 
  • Vacuum entire Auditorium when need be 
  • Pick up the garbage and pass vacuum in all the office space 
  • Clean/disinfect galleries, such as sweep, mop, and clean glass in galleries A, B, C and D and sculpture garden (every Friday) 
  • Clean/disinfect Engineer offices, Conservation Lab, digital Lab, Micro Film offices and AV office 
  • Clean/disinfect the Reading Room tables and computers Disinfect 
  • Monitor and clean all exit egresses on daily basis 
  • Sweep and mop all the stacks and pick up garbage once a week 
  • Multiple various jobs (paint, moving furniture, etc.) 
  • Setup and breakdown all events and programs and provide proper cleaning of restrooms 
  • Shovel snow from sidewalks and sprinkle salt on surface 
  • Identify and report possible leaks 
  • Fix minor plumbing issues 
  • Move heavy equipment and furniture


Prior experience on a maintenance team, either in offices or cultural organizations, is required. Proven capacity to work well with other maintenance team members.

Essential Skills

  • Ability to work independently throughout the building, and see maintenance projects through to completion.
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with employees of the building and the public in a pleasant manner.
  • Attention to detail to ensure that all jobs are completed in an exemplary manner and any potential hazards or warning signs of problems are not overlooked.
  • Physical stamina to handle a full shift of being active and working on the building
  • Commitment to working in and fostering a safe environment.

Preferred Skills

Experience with simple plumbing and/or carpentry tasks.

Company Benefits

  • 15-23 Federal and religious holidays off each year in addition to generous vacation, sick and personal days. 
  • Full health benefits (medical, dental and vision) with minimal employee contributions. 
  • Free Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability coverage. 
  • Flexible Spending Account and Commuter Benefits. 
  • Generous 403b retirement benefits.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Natalie Frenkel, Operations Manager, at to nfrenkel@cjh.org, or phone Natalie at 212-294-8331.

Volunteer Opportunities

A tour consists of a visit to the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (Yeshiva University Museum has a separate docent program) and the public areas of the Center (usually the Leo & Julie Forchheimer Auditorium, the Paul S. & Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall, Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and the Shelby White & Leon Levy Collection Management and Conservation Wing). Guides who lead these tours are knowledgeable about the facilities and the mission and scope of activities of the Center for Jewish History, and they are able to describe the exhibitions in the Partner’s exhibition cases. Tour guides give approximately 1 -2 tours each month and attend periodic training sessions on new exhibitions.

Ushers work at special events held at the Center. They take tickets and give out programs and may perform other tasks, as needed. The usher is welcome to stay and view the performance. Most events requiring ushers are held weekday evenings or on Sundays. Each usher is responsible for being available 45 minutes before the event to several minutes after the event begins. They may occasionally be asked to stay after the program to help with a reception or book sales.

Office assistants work in various offices throughout the Center. Tasks may include coordinating mailings, addressing and stuffing envelopes, filing, answering phones and making phone calls, handling RSVPs to events, data entry and related office tasks. Some offices are seeking researchers and assistants for special projects. The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute needs volunteers who are experienced with family history research to assist patrons. Librarians may need volunteers to catalog books and related tasks. Required hours are worked out with the individual departments.

The Center maintains a list of translators who are willing to help Reading Room and Genealogy Institute patrons translate documents. Staff members give the name of the patron to the translator, who then reaches out to the patron to make arrangements. Translations may be done at the Center or remotely. Translators are needed in almost any language, but the most commonly requested translations are from Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and German.

Requirements For Volunteers

  • Time commitment level: either on a project/event basis, or consistently, with at least one shift per week, ideally same day each week.
  • Attire: professional/casual, unless otherwise specified.
  • Communication skills: must have excellent speaking skills; knowledge of foreign languages a plus, though not required.
  • An interest in Judaism, education, culture, the arts and history.

Benefits For Volunteers

  • Complimentary tickets to concerts, films and other events when available.
  • Free admission to museums in New York City and elsewhere for the volunteer and a guest.
  • Invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and other special events.
  • Contact with a broad spectrum of individuals and groups.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Center, please contact Julie Kaplan, Volunteer Coordinator, at cjhvolunteer@cjh.org or call (917) 606-8226.