Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society will be closed from March 14 through March 31 in order to keep our patrons and staff safe. Learn more here. Staff will be working remotely during this time period; if you have inquiries, please contact us at jhcreference@nehgs.org and we will respond as soon as we can. Thank you, and zeit gezunt—stay healthy!

Staff

Rachel King
Director

Rachel King

Rachel King has held senior management positions at a range of Boston-area cultural and educational non-profits. Prior to joining the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS in 2018, she was Director of Marketing and Communications at the Jewish Women’s Archive. With both strong interest in Jewish history and deep New England roots, Rachel is pleased to bring her experience in marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning to advance the mission of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Rachel is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and has a Master’s degree in English and American Literature from Columbia University. In her volunteer life, she serves on the advisory board of New England Yachad, is a mentor for the Jeremiah Program–Boston, and is an active member of Temple Shalom of Newton.

Rachel can be reached at rachel.king@nehgs.org or by phone at 617-226-1270.

 

 

Stephanie Call
Associate Director of Archives and Education

Stephanie Call

Stephanie has been with the Wyner FamilyJewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society since 2007 (when it was the New England Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society). She is responsible for overseeing the JHC archival collections, creating educational programming and content, and conducting outreach. 

Stephanie received a B.A. in English and Jewish Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the New England Archivists.

Stephanie can be reached at stephanie.call@nehgs.org or by phone at 617-226-1241.

 

Kelsey Sawyer
Reference and Photo Archivist

Kelsey Sawyer

Kelsey is the Reference and Photo Archivist for the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College.  Kelsey started as a volunteer in 2011, joining the staff in September 2012.

In this role, Kelsey manages reference requests and assists researchers with navigating the archives. She is also responsible for a large-scale photo survey project, and the development of resources to engage researchers with our collections.

Kelsey can be reached at jhcreference@nehgs.org or 617-226-1245.

 

Lindsay Murphy
Collections Archivist

Lindsay Sprechman

Lindsay began her work at Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society in October 2014 as an intern and joined the staff in August 2015. As Collections Archivist, Lindsay manages processing projects and is responsible for reviewing and encoding finding aids.

She received a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the New England Archivists.

Lindsay can be reached at lindsay.murphy@nehgs.org or 617-226-1285.

 

Brittany Contratto
Digital Projects Archivist

Brittany Contratto

Brittany joined the staff of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society in July 2018. She manages the Center’s digital projects, social media, and digitization efforts which include the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society-Boston digitization project.

Brittany received a B.S. in Historic Preservation with a Museum and Archives concentration and minors in Archaeology and Anthropology from Southeast Missouri State University. She earned her M.A. in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University and her M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons University.

Brittany can be reached at brittany.contratto@nehgs.org or 617-226-1213.