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National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Yossi Klein Halevi’s “Like Dreamers” was named the 2013 Jewish Book of the Year by the Jewish Book Council. The National Jewish Book Awards were announced in 17 categories, with Klein and other Israelis winning key prizes.

Difficult Problems: German Jewish Mathematicians Before WW II

Don’t go to this exhibition in a hurry; and don’t go with children; but if you have the slightest interest in mathematics or Jewish history of the twentieth century, then go. Seeing “Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture” at the Center for Jewish History is like reading a short illustrated book mounted on plywood, but your patience will be rewarded. Where does the interest lie for the non-mathematician? In the characters of the people whose histories it tells; and for the glimpses of people at work on fundamental problems.

Original blocks for images from the works of Richard Courant. Elizabeth Denlinger

The War That Made The Jews Americans

‘Jews and the Civil War’ show at the Center for Jewish History.

Jewish Week Book Critic

In April 1850, Peter Still, a slave, purchased his freedom from Joseph Friedman, a sympathetic Jewish businessman in Tuscumbia, Ala.

War in the family: Brothers Edward Jonas, a Union soldier, and Charles H. Jonas, who fought for the Confederacy.

Center For Jewish History Gets $1.5 Million For New Division


 The Center for Jewish History here will use a $1.5 million grant from The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust to establish a reference services division.

N.Y. Center Gets $2.5 Million Gift For New Rare Books Room


NEW YORK (JTA) -- A $2.5 million gift from the David Berg Foundation will be used to establish a rare books room at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

The center, which announced the gift earlier this month, houses the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Dr. Evil, The Sex Doctor, and Lost Science of Judaism!

In case you missed it, The New York Times had a nice piece yesterday on the discovery of 1,000 books for a long forgotten academic subfield: the "Science of Judaism."  Now dormant, the Science of Judaism was an attempt by German scholars to study Judaism as a kind of lost ancient culture--how scholars today might study, for instance, Greco-Roman culture, or Egyptology.

History Center In The Black

West 16th Street facility is paid off, thanks to $30 million campaign.

Staff Writer

For a museum dedicated to digitizing and preserving history, The Center for Jewish History is now better positioned to face its future.

The gifts received to retire the debt of the Center for Jewish History, above, were the three largest the center has ever receiv

Budding Jewish History Detectives

Mining archives and the Internet, participants in teen
genealogy program explore their families — and the past.

Editorial Intern

 As 16-year-old Elan Stochel discovered this summer, sometimes a misspelled name can make all the difference.

One of 24 teen participants in the Samberg Family History Program at the Center for Jewish History this month, Stochel, a junior at Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy, learned firsthand the joys and frustrations of genealogical research.

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