Community Memorial Service – Sunday, September 12

Sunday September 12, 4:00 PM at Performance Parkway Cemeteries

This past year has been a difficult year for our community.   The loss of so many community members was compounded by our inability to gather in person to bury the dead, comfort the living and pay tribute to our lost loved ones.  Join us as we gather to memorialize those we lost from March, 2020 through Summer 2021.

Date Sunday, September 12

LocationPerformance Parkway Cemetery

Time4:00 PM

Y-DNA and MtDna – To Test or Not to Test

Join us as Gil Bardige, chair of the CJHS Genealogy Committee, enlightens us on the various tests offered by the four major DNA companies, including advice about what tests to take.  He will then show you how to link these results to your standard Autosomal DNA results and matches and  review a case study that you can apply to your research. A Q&A session will immediately follow his presentation.

To register for this Zoom event, please call us at 614.238.6977 or email

Date Monday, August 23

LocationOnline via Zoom


Jerry Springer – The Man You Thought You Knew

Columbus Jewish Historical Society Annual Fundraiser

Many of us know Jerry Springer as a TV host, a former mayor, and/or an actor.  What you may not know is that he is the child of Holocaust survivors. Jerry’s parents were German Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi Germany just before the Second World War.  He was born in war-torn London. They arrived in the United States in 1949 when Jerry was just six years old.

In case you missed it, here is a link to our 4/18/21 program:



Accepting or Red-Lining the Dead? Green Lawn as Crossroad

Presented by Green Lawn Cemetery

Toby Brief, Director of CJHS, joins Nettie Ferguson of the Franklin County Genealogical Society African American Interest Group and Leticia Vazquez-Smith, President of Latino Arts for Humanity to discuss the cultural/social context of Green Lawn Cemetery. Presented by Green Lawn, Columbus Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Details to be announced.


Date Thursday, April 15

LocationOnline via Zoom


Help! I Just Got My DNA Results and Now I’m Confused!

Join us as Gil Bardige, CJHS member, presents a simple way to understand, prioritize and organize your DNA results. Focusing on autosomal DNA, Gil will guide you through the results no matter which company you have used. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Register for this Zoom event by calling 614.238.6977 or email 

Date Sunday, February 21

LocationOnline via Zoom

Time1:00 PM

From Ethiopia to Israel to Columbus: An Evening with Michal Avera Samuel

Rob Cohen Interviews Michal Avera Samuel

Michal Avera Samuel, the new JewishColumbus shlicha, will share her personal history with us. From her birthplace in Ethiopia to a new life in Israel and now to Columbus, Michal has a fascinating story to tell of family struggle, immigration, adjustment and passion for her background. Rob Cohen, noted Columbus immigration lawyer and CJHS member, will moderate the discussion.

Register for this Zoom event by calling 614.238.6977 or email

Date Monday, January 11

LocationOnline via Zoom

Time7:00 PM

CJHS Is Open!

The CJHS staff is back working in the office each Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. The Historical Collection will be open to the public by appointment only.  Please contact us at 614-238-6977 or to set up an appointment.

Webinar: The Shapell Roster of Jewish Service in the American Civil War (Ohio Edition)

Join us on September 13th as we virtually welcome Adrienne Usher, Director of The Shapell Roster of Jewish Service in the American Civil War.  She and her team have undertaken the massive project of  identifying and memorializing in a new database all of the U.S. Jews who served in the Civil War. She will present an overview of the project and then focus on the Ohio soldiers. At least seven of them are tied to central Ohio! CJHS has provided research to Shapell over the years so we are excited to get a preview of this new national database which will be available soon.

Register for this webinar using the following link:





Date Sunday, September 13

LocationOnline via Zoom

Time3:00 PM

Now Open – L’Chaim! A “Spirited” History of Central Ohio Jews, 1850-1950

As early as the 1850’s, central Ohio Jews were active in the local liquor industry. From saloons and taverns to nightclubs, from manufacturing to distribution their involvement grew.  The exhibit will look at the reasons for going into this business, the early establishments, Prohibition and its effects on the Jewish community and the post Prohibition revival of bars, clubs and distributors. We will also look at the businesses that grew out of early involvement in bars and still exist today.

Join us for this fascinating look at a long history of Jewish involvement in the local liquor industry.


Date Opens November 2019

LocationThe Historical Collection, 1175 College Ave.

TimeMon-Fri 10-3:30, Sundays by Appointment (Please call 614.238.6977 or email to schedule a time.)

The Big Give








Donate now to CJHS through the Columbus Foundation’s Big Give.  During this 25-hour online giving event, your donation will be boosted thanks to the Bonus Pool provided by the Columbus Foundation. All credit card fees will be covered by the Foundation so 100% of your donation goes directly to us.  Please join us in the effort to help save our history.

Donate using the link below:

Thanks to our generous partners below, all Big Give donors will receive a special receipt with exclusive redeemable perks

Date June 10th and 11th


Our office is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus and all programs and tours have been postponed.  We will continue to respond to phone and email messages and keep in touch through Facebook.  Our thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.

Prohibition Blues: Social Trends and Cultural Crazes in American Popular Song in the 1920s

NOTE:  This program has been postponed due to the COVID virus and will be rescheduled to a later date.  Please check back for updates.

The Music of Prohibition – A First Sunday Program

Daniel Goldmark, Professor of Popular Music and Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University will speak about the music of the Prohibition period – from Yiddish songs protesting the new law to Tin Pan Alley. Join us for this fun musical program!

Date Sunday, April 5, 2020

LocationThe Historical Collection, 1175 College Ave.

Time 2:00 pm (exhibit opens at 1:00 pm)

Jews & Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition

NOTE:  This program has been postponed due to the COVID virus and will be rescheduled to a later date.  Please check back for updates.

Jews & Booze

Marni Davis, Professor of History at Georgia State University, will talk about the important role American Jews played in the liquor trade and the hostilities they elicited during the Prohibition era.  Her book,  “Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition” was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature.  She teaches courses on modern Jewish history, immigrants in the United States and the history of alcohol.

This event is co-sponsored by Ohio State’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies and supported by the Thomas and Diann Mann Symposium fund and the Diane Cummins Community Education Fund.

Date Sunday, March 29, 2020

LocationJewish Center, 1125 College Ave

Time1:00 PM

“Where Harry Met Sally” – The Jewish Deli in Pop Culture

CJHS & Jewish Bookfair Present:

Two Special Programs about Jewish Delicatessens

Sunday, October 27

Where Harry Met Sally

Ted Merwin, the author of “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli”, will present an entertaining, interactive program about the heyday of the deli, the changing representation of Jewish-American delis in music, film and television and the evolution of delis today. Ted has published numerous articles and given more than a hundred public lectures on Jewish-American food and culture.

Please join us for this special presentation and a one-night only Pop-Up Kosher Deli Buffet Dinner presented by Harvey & Ed’s. Deli Buffet Dinner begins at 5:30 followed by the program at 7:00 pm.

Tickets to the Deli Buffet Dinner are SOLD OUT!  Tickets to the Program will still be available for purchase at the door.

Title Sponsor


A great night with a delicious dinner followed by an exciting speaker:


Date Sunday, October 27

LocationJewish Center, 1125 College Ave

Time5:30-Dinner Buffet, 7:00-Program

Now Open!!! From Bris to Brisket

How do we develop a Jewish community? When did the synagogues of central Ohio open and which remain? Who were our rabbis, our mohels and our shochets?

And. very importantly, where did we find our kosher food?

CJHS explores this history and finds some suprises!

Date Opens January 2019

LocationThe Historical Collection, 1175 College Ave.

TimeWeekdays and 1st Sunday of each month