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Museum of Jewish Heritage & JewishGen launch Jewish Genealogy Research Center

(New York, NY)—The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is establishing the Peter and Mary Kalikow Jewish Genealogy Research Center. The new facility will be a place where visitors can access the Jewish genealogy resources within JewishGen, the Museum’s wholly owned affiliate, and the Museum’s respective collections to discover more about their Jewish history. 

The space will contain computer stations where people can access JewishGen’s genealogy resources and vast collection of records and data. It will have printers for visitors to bring their research home, and it will contain hundreds of Yizkor (Memorial) Books and print materials. There also will be on-site volunteers and content experts to assist people. 

JewishGen’s mission is to preserve Jewish history. Its database features important collections of historical records pertaining to Jewish communities across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and North America.

“JewishGen has enabled countless people to learn more about their Jewish ancestry, and we are extremely grateful to launch this initiative to serve as an invaluable resource to anyone wishing to learn more about their relatives and their heritage,” said Jack Kliger, President and CEO of The Museum of Jewish Heritage. “We are proud to name this center after Peter and Mary Kalikow, who have been longtime supporters of the Museum.”

Peter Kalikow, first vice chairman of the Museum, stated, “It is imperative that Jewish Gen and this newly established Jewish Genealogy Center serve as a resource for future generations of Jews seeking to trace and embrace their ancestry.” He continued, “For several generations, Jews around the world really had no idea that these records even existed, and they are now available through Jewish Gen and the Kalikow Center.”

About JewishGen

JewishGen was founded in 1987 and serves as the global home for Jewish genealogy. Featuring unparalleled access to more than 30 million records, it offers unique search tools, along with opportunities for researchers to connect with others who share similar interests. There is no charge to access JewishGen’s resources. JewishGen is an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. For more information, visit www.jewishgen.org. 

About the Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Located in New York City, it is the third largest Holocaust museum in the world and the second largest in North America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage anchors the southernmost tip of Manhattan.

The museum maintains a collection of almost 40,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 375-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. It receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts. 

For more information, visit mjhnyc.org.

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