Canaan senior center

Ackman & Ziff Gamily Genealogy Institute and Lillian Goldman Reading Room

Ready to explore your family history?  We can help. 

The Ackman and Ziff Family Genealogy Institute located on the third floor has many valuable tools for the new genealogist, including tips on how to plan your family history project, interview relatives, and use online resources to conduct and organize your research.

You can also visit the Lillian Goldman Reading Room, which is often described as the heart of the Center.  The Reading Room is the gateway for exploring the diverse history of the Jewish people through the collections housed at the Center for Jewish History.

Archive and library collections consist of 500,000 volumes in multiple languages and from many time periods, as well as over 100 million documents, including organizational records and personal papers, photographs, multimedia recordings, posters, art, and artifacts.


Center for Jewish History
  1. Introduction to the Center for Jewish History and Biblical Species
  2. Luminous Manuscript
  3. Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War
  4. Rewind: Voices of the Past Advising the Future
  5. The Door Slams Shut: Jews and Immigration in the Face of American Reaction
  6. The David Berg Rare Book Room
  7. Nosotros 2.0 Connecting the Latino and Jewish Communities
  8. 1938Projekt: Posts from the Past
  9. All in the Family: Photographs from Across the Jewish World
  10. Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy
  11. When the Golden Door Closed, They Carried the Torch.  Advocacy in the Age of Immigration Restriction
  12. Lost and Found - A Family Photo Album
  13. Ackman & Ziff Gamily Genealogy Institute and Lillian Goldman Reading Room
  14. Collection Management and Conservation Wing