Mission

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) at New England Historic Genealogical Society is a destination for exploring and preserving the histories of Jewish families, institutions, and communities in New England and beyond. The JHC engages historians, genealogists, students, and the general public in the study of Jewish history and heritage through its extensive archival collections, educational programs, exhibits, and public events. It is the only historical center dedicated to, and specializing in, New England Jewish history.

The JHC was formerly known as the American Jewish Historical Society–New England Archive (AJHS–NEA), which in 2010 began a collaboration with the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). In 2015, the two entities formalized the partnership by creating the Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society, with a strengthened mission to enhance Jewish historical and genealogical research and to be a premier site for collection and preservation of Jewish history. In 2018, the center was renamed for Justin and Genevieve Wyner, in recognition of their longstanding support and advocacy.

With the AJHS–New England archive at its center and with new collections being added regularly, the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center has more than 2 million records in its archives, and nearly 700,000 searchable documents in its digital collections. These physical and digital collections are used by scholars, researchers, and institutions around the world. The JHC also offers educational programs and public events about Jewish history and culture throughout the year at its Boston home, in the community, and online. Members have full access to the research websites and libraries of both the JHC and NEHGS along with other benefits. 

 
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