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 and institutions in New England and beyond. The JHC engages historians, genealogists, partner organizations, and the general public in the study of Jewish history, culture, and legacies through its extensive archival collections, educational programs, exhibits, and public events.

Formerly known as the New England archive of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), the JHC formalized a collaboration with the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in 2015 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 named for Justin and Genevieve Wyner, in recognition of their longstanding support and advocacy.

The JHC has more than 2 million records in its archives, and more than 600,000 searchable documents in its digital collections—with new records being added daily. It offers educational programs and public events at its Boston home and in the community. Members have full access to the research websites and libraries of both the JHC and NEHGS, and receive invitations to events, subscriptions to publications, and discounts on services and products.

 
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