Reading Room & Genealogy Institute
Mon-Thurs: 9:30am-4:30pm

Exhibit Spaces
Mon-Wed: 9:30am-4:30pm
Thurs: 9:30am-8pm
Fri: 10am-3pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: 11am-5pm

Make sure to check our holiday closures prior to visiting.

Last entry to the Center for Jewish History Exhibitions, Reading Room, and the Genealogy Institute is 30 minutes before closing. The last call to page items in the Reading Room and Genealogy Institute is 3pm.

Professor Gavriel Rosenfeld, President

Professor Gavriel Rosenfeld joined the Center for Jewish History as its new President in September 2022.  In this leadership role, he is the Center’s voice on issues of Jewish historical relevance in the contemporary world. He is a prolific writer for academic and public audiences and has published many essays in newspapers and journals like The Washington PostThe Atlanticthe Forward, and the Jewish Review of Books. Professor Rosenfeld is skilled in bringing scholarly insight to bear on topics of present-day importance, from the politics of Holocaust memory to contemporary antisemitism. He is a Professor of History and Director of the Judaic Studies Program at Fairfield University, having earned his B.A. in History and Judaic Studies from Brown University and his Ph.D. from UCLA. A specialist in the history of Nazi Germany, Holocaust studies, memory studies, and counterfactual history, Professor Rosenfeld is the author or editor of eight books, including The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism since World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the category of visual arts.  His latest book is the co-edited volume (with Janet Ward), Fascism in America: Past and Present (Cambridge University Press in August 2023.

Meet Our Leadership