Visit our new archival collection: Jews & Leftist Politics in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of “The Automat of Noyma Appelbaum,” by Caleb Fortwangler and Jenny Ryder, photo by Tim Valshtein, 2013

Our Mission

The FEINSTEIN CENTER FOR AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY supports innovative approaches to understanding American Jewish life.  Its mission is simple: Inspiring Inquiry.  In collaboration with institutions in Philadelphia and beyond, the FEINSTEIN CENTER invites the public to join conversations about Jewish culture, politics, history, and identity across time and space.


The Myer & Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History was founded in May 1990 and since then has been housed in Temple University’s Department of History in the College of Liberal ArtsMurray Friedman served as its founding director.