Welcome to Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954


Jewish Life in America provides access to a diverse range of records which can be used to explore the history of Jewish communities in the United States of America, from the arrival of the first Jews in New Amsterdam in the 17th century right through to the mid-20th century. Sourced from archival collections held by the American Jewish Historical Society in New York City, this rich collection brings communal and social aspects of Jewish identity and culture to life while tracing Jewish involvement in the life of American society as a whole.

These records are complemented by a wealth of research tools including a chronology of major events, essays by leading scholars, guides to the collections featured, a selection of articles from the American Jewish Year Book, a gallery of visual highlights, and biographies of prominent personalities featured in the resource.