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Photo Babylonia Talmud - Tractate Baba Kamma. Commissioned by Amschel Moses Rothschild and handed down in the Rothschild family for five generations. Frankfurt, 1721-22. (YIVO Archives)

The Lillian Goldman Reading Room will be closed for renovations from Wednesday, April 9 through Friday, April 25, 2014 (to re-open on Sunday, April 27).
The Center will not be accepting walk ins when they arrive downstairs and only a few places will be available for researchers in the YIVO offices and by advance appointment only. Contact for more information.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded in Vilna, Poland, in 1925 and relocated to New York City in 1940. Our mission is to preserve, study and teach the cultural history of Jewish life throughout Eastern Europe, Germany and Russia. Our educational and public outreach programs concentrate on all aspects of this 1000-year history and its continuing influence in America. YIVO’s archival collections and library constitute the single greatest resource for such study in the world, including approximately 24 million letters, manuscripts, photographs, films, sound recordings, art works, and artifacts; as well as the largest collection of Yiddish-language materials in the world.

News & Information

What is the political situation in Ukraine today? On Monday, April 24, 7pm join Josef Zissels, preeminent leader of Ukraine’s Jewish community, to discuss what Ukrainian Jews and minorities can expect from the new government. Read more...

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the publication of the Milstein Conference Proceedings, “New York and the American Jewish Communal Experience,” published with the generous support of the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation and the Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation. Read more...

This year's Summer Program runs from June 23-August 1. Registration is now open! Click here to learn more.

The YIVO Institute is pleased to announce that it has received two generous grants for work on the Sutzkever-Kaczerginski Collection, which contains some of the rarest documents held in the YIVO archives. Read more...

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the appointment of the first Jacob Kronhill Visiting Scholar, Dr. Steven Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. Read more...

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