Our Mission

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, is a non-profit organization, dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting historical, political, economic, social and religious documents, photographs, memorabilia and oral histories as it relates to the Jewish community of Greater Hartford. By providing historical information and resources to individuals, schools, colleges, civic and social organizations, the Society hopes to promote historical research and create a community awareness and understanding of the growth and development of the numerous Jewish contributions to the Greater Hartford area.

Established in 1971, the Society's main commitment is to reach the largest audience through exhibitions, publications, educational and community outreach programs.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford is the only organization in Greater Hartford solely dedicated to the preservation and documentation of Jewish life in Greater Hartford. While repositories such as the Connecticut Historical Society, State Library, Hartford Public Library and some local town libraries have material relating to Jewish people in Greater Hartford, none have collections as comprehensive as JHSGH. In most cases, the materials they have received were prior to the founding of the Society in 1971. JHSGH is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

JHSGH Board of Directors:


PRESIDENT: GARY SCHWARTZ

VICE PRESIDENT: LANCE GOLDBERG

TREASURER: STEVEN KLEINMAN

ASSISTANT TREASURER: DAVID KLAU

SECRETARY: REBECCA SELIG

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: ESTELLE KAFER


BOARD 2015-2018

ANN BRANDWEIN

SHARON KOWAL FREILICH

LINDA FRIEDMAN

GARY JONES

ABBEY MILLER KREINIK

GERALD ROISMAN

AMY ISAACSON SCHOEN

MORTON L. WEINSTEIN

BOARD 2016-2019

ALAN BERKOWITZ

MICHAEL COHEN

MARY DONOHUE

MICHAEL FISHMAN

DAVID HARRIS

JENNIFER SHARP

DAVID SILVER

BOARD 2017-2020

DENISE BRODEY*

DAVID DIAMOND*

PHILIP HANDLER*

ELLEN LESCHER*

LISA LEVY*

MICHALEE MERRITT*

HONORARY DIRECTORS

GLORIA BEIN, ELEANOR CAPLAN, HON. HENRY COHN, MARTIN EPSTEIN, FRAN FELTMAN, PHILIP FELTMAN, BERNARD GILMAN, LILLIAN MARLOW**, LOIS SHEKETOFF, FRANCES E. WALTMAN, DR. IRVING WALTMAN

PAST PRESIDENTS

EMMA COHEN**, DR. M. DELOTT GARBER**, MORRIS HANDLER**, JOSEPH HURWITZ**, HON. JERRY WAGNER**, DR. LEON CHAMEIDES,
DR. SEYMOUR SALTZMAN**, DAVID KLAU, LEA RUBENSTEIN, ARTHUR NASSAU, ELLIOTT B. POLLACK, BARBARA L. GORDON,
LOUISE K. KAUFMAN, SANDRA H. RULNICK


(* NEW BOARD MEMBER, ** DECEASED)