CBST Visits the Center for Jewish History
Join us on a special guided visit to the Center for Jewish History to explore and discover your own genealogy! This visit will include a 'combination workshop' led by J.D. Arden, Reference Services Librarian and Genealogy Specialist at the Center, along with CBST member and volunteer at the Center, Hanna Gafni. The workshop structure is comprised of three parts:
- Introduction to genealogy tools for beginners, and a refresh for those with experience.
- Presentation of archival material about Jewish history overlapping with LGBT history.
- Guided research time for everyone to look up information on their family history or social history in general.
There will be about 45 minutes to an hour of presentation, followed by an open-ended, free research time on computers or in the library where participants are invited to do their own research, with librarians on hand to offer guidance and assistance. All are welcome to stay in the Reading Room or visit the free exhibition galleries for the rest of the day.
- The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The collections span a thousand years, with more than 5 miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs. The Center’s experts are leaders in unlocking archival material for a wide audience through the latest practices in digitization, library science, and public education.
We will meet at 10:45 AM inside the lobby of the Center for Jewish History located at 15 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011. Please arrive on time as we will be escorted to the classroom and the workshop will begin promptly at 11:00 AM. All bags must be checked at the lobby coat check. No food or drink is allowed upstairs in the library or galleries. The Center is easy to get to by most public transportation, including Subway and Bus. For more information on getting to the Center, including parking info, click here.
- All public areas of the Center are wheelchair accessible. Patrons with mobility disabilities who do not have access to a wheelchair may request a wheelchair free of charge. Wheelchairs are available in the main lobby on a first-come, first-served basis. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on all floors of the Center. For patrons who wish to transfer to a seat from their wheelchair, we will store your wheelchair. Please alert the staff if you will need assistance. For more information on accessibility and facilities, click here.
This program is offered free of charge, and the Center charges no additional fee, but please consider a contribution to Adult Education at CBST to keep programs like this going! If you are registering more than one person, please enter the names of additional guests in the 'NOTE' box.
New York, NY 10011
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