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Jewish NYC: About

This research guide highlights Jewish history in New York through the rich collection of The New York Public Library.


This research guide provides an introduction to select resources on Jewish history and life in New York City.

New York City has long been a global center for Jewish communities. The city's Jewish population dates to 1654, and rose substantially through increased immigration by the time of the The New York Public Library's founding (1895), and by the Dorot Jewish Division's founding (1897). By 1920, the Jewish population reached a high point of 1,643,000, which was 29% of the city's entire population. 

Jewish New Yorkers have contributed much to the NYC, from the character and flavor of its neighborhoods to its arts and culture scene to work and activism. Jewish life reached new heights in the city with the founding of numerous community organizations and synagogues and the growth of educational opportunities.

Therefore, the New York Public Library's collection, and the Library's Dorot Jewish Division in particular, contain a wealth of sources for research on all things Jewish in New York City.

We encourage you to use this guide as a general starting point. Given the magnitude and complexity of the city's Jewish population and activities, the information here is not exhaustive. Please contact the Dorot Jewish Division at for additional assistance.

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