Jewish Heritage Center

Preserving the histories of Jewish families and institutions in New England and beyond


The Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society is a resource for exploring and preserving the histories of Jewish families and institutions in New England and beyond.

In 2010, the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) launched a collaboration designed to enhance Jewish historical and genealogical research and the continued collection and preservation of Jewish history. In 2015, the collaboration was further strengthened when the New England Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society were permanently deposited at New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The Jewish Heritage Center, with the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives as its cornerstone, engages historians, genealogists, youth, and the general public in programming and research to advance the study of the history, culture, and institutional legacies of Jewish families in New England and beyond by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through scholarship, collections, and expertise while serving as an archival and educational resource for other Jewish organizations and institutions.

Preserve Your Family History

Storing old photographs in your attic or cellar? Moving from a large house to an apartment and wondering what will happen to your correspondence, scrapbooks, and photo albums? Concerned your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren won’t know their family history?

We can help you organize your family papers and memorabilia. We will professionally process your letters, photographs, and other items so they are preserved for future generations. We will also advise you about how to arrange for an appraisal that will allow you to deduct, subject to professional tax advice, the fair market value of the collection when you donate it.

Digital Archives

More than 1.2 million documents from the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives have been scanned and records are uploaded daily to our digital archives providing you the ability research from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Search the Digital Archives

Research and Reference

We are available to assist you with your research onsite, online, and by phone. Our collections include more than 2 million records from:

  • Institutional records of synagogues, Jewish social service organizations, schools, and hospitals and other institutions of Greater Boston
  • Personal and family papers of Jewish community leaders
  • Records of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Boston
  • The Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • The Jewish Community Relations Council
  • The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts
  • The Bureau of Jewish Education
  • The Jewish Times (Boston)
  • The Jewish Advocate

Reading Room Hours

Our reading room is open Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., and Mondays by appointment.

Contact Us

Jewish Heritage Center
99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
617-226-1245 • jhcreference@nehgs.org