Reading Room & Genealogy Institute
Please note: Yeshiva University Museum's The Golden Path: Maimonides Across Eight Centuries exhibit is closed on Fridays.
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.
In conjunction with our event, JewCE: The First Annual Jewish Comic Book Convention, we have mounted an exhibition called The Museum and Laboratory of the Jewish Comics Experience. The exhibition runs through January 1, 2024. We are seeking volunteers who are stationed in the exhibition to guide visitors. Visitors and group leaders will receive printed guides, but there are elements for which a Museum Guide will provide useful information and leadership. You will be provided with training, and you’ll be expected to volunteer for one 2 1/2-hour shift per week.
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.
The Center for Jewish History seeks Visitor Experience Volunteers to support the Events and Visitor Experience team, ensuring the delivery of excellent customer service while maintaining a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Center, please contact Julie Kaplan, Manager of Public Programs and Volunteers, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (917) 606-8226.