The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to collecting and preserving historical documents, photographs, and memorabilia of the Jewish community of Greater New Haven.

Established in 1976, the Society’s main commitment is to reach the largest audience possible through publications, exhibitions, seminars, and educational programs.


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April 2, 2017 @ 2pm
New Haven Museum
“The Catskills of Connecticut: Jewish Summer Retreats”

Jewish urban workers and their families came as summer boarders to Connecticut farms in the early 1900s looking for rest and relaxation in the countryside. Over time, many Jewish farmers developed thriving resorts in Colchester, Moodus, Lebanon and East Haddam. Ken Simon, filmmaker and historian of Moodus’ ethnic resorts, will discuss the heyday of Connecticut’s Jewish resorts followed by a conversation with audience members. This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven.

Admission is free. Donations welcome.

The exhibition “Road Trip!” is on view at the New Haven Museum through Summer 2017



JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY CELEBRATES ITS 40th ANNIVERSARY! Thanks to all who attended, including Mayor Toni Harp and other dignitaries! Read about it here.


The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven began preserving the history of the Jewish Community of Greater New haven in 1976.

During that 40 year period, the Society has been collecting pictures, newspaper articles, letters, interviews, and memorabilia documenting the history of Jewish life in Greater New Haven. Its nine volumes of “Jews in New Haven” contain articles about Jewish life in New Haven dating back over 100 years.

On Sunday, June 5th at 10:00 AM at the Jewish Community Center, the Society will host a celebratory brunch. Besides marking its 40 years of service to the Greater New Haven Community, it will also honor Dr. Barry Herman, a past president of the Society and a long-time supporter of its mission.barryherman (1)

The Master of Ceremonies for the Brunch will be Paul Bass, Editor of the New Haven Independent. Speakers at the event will include Mayor Toni Harp, who will present a proclamation from the City of New Haven and Judith A. Diamondstein, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. Judith Schiff, one of the founders of the Society, will also speak. Judith is the Chief Research Archivist at Yale’s Sterling Library, and the official City of New Haven Historian. She has been the Society’s Harvey and Eleanor Ladin Archives Director for many years.

For details about attending the Brunch, as well as placing an advertisement in the event’s program book, call the Society’s office at 203-392-6125 or send an Email to jhsgnh@yahoo.com.