Uncovering Jewish Columbus

CJHS will look at the Sacred Spaces that Jewish Columbus has used for worship over its history. Incorporating photos, press reports, and oral history, we can see how the community has grown and how our definition of Sacred Space has been interpreted.

This program is sponsored by the Columbus Community Adult Education Committee and supported through the Columbus Jewish Federation.


Date November 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM

LocationAgudas Achim Synagogue, 2767 E Broad St.


Popular American Songs…Jewish Links

Join former Bexley boys, Bob & Bill Cohen,  as they sing songs from the 1930’s to the 1980’s, songs that touched American’s hearts, all of them made famous by Jews.

This concert was a benefit for CJHS.
Cohen Brothers


Date October 19, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m.

LocationJewish Community Center 1125 College Avenue

Time7 to 9 p.m.

Send Us An Art Mail!

CJHS is challenging you to look at your history and the history of Jewish Columbus in a new way…  Art-Mail!

Think about your connections to Jewish Columbus…. They can be recent or historical; personal or organizational – just present what you think of when you think about  “The Memory of Jewish Columbus.”  Decorate the OUTSIDE of an envelope, a postcard, a box – whatever goes through the mail. It’s that easy!

Click here for samples and more details.

We can’t wait to see what you create. We’ll be watching the mailbox!

Date Entries due May 1, 2014

Life in the Catskills

The Catskills was a summer world for generations of east coast Jews, and home all year for many Jews. It was a vital part of American culture and a thriving ethnic culture which left memories that linger to the present.

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies introduces Professor Phil Brown, Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University and President of the Catskills Institute, and Mr. David Gold, Catskills native and author of books on Sullivan County, NY, who will present the Catskills as the vacation mecca, and the Catskills as the year-round home to many Jewish communities.  If you have photos and memorabilia from the Catskills, please bring them to share.

Free, no rsvp necessary. Open to the public.

This program is co-sponsored by the Columbus Jewish Historical Society

Date February 26, 2014 7:00 P.M.

LocationColumbus Jewish Center, 1125 College Ave.

Time7:00 P.M.

Genealogy for the Student

Steven Friedman, CJHS Genealogy Committee member, will present an introduction to genealogy to the 8th grade class of Temple Israel.

Students should come prepared with an object or memory to share.


Date January 19, 2014

LocationTemple Israel, Columbus, Ohio


JCC100: Historic Timeline

Join the JCC and CJHS for a look at the historic timeline representing the 100 year anniversary of the Jewish Center.  This event will kick off a year of celebration at the JCC.


Date January 6 - December 31, 2013

LocationJewish Center, 1125 College Ave., Columbus Ohio 43209


Jewish Columbus 1838-1918

Toby Brief, CJHS President, will present an overview of early Columbus Jewish history to the Beth Tikvah Shishim.


Date December 12, 2013

LocationBeth Tikvah, Worthington, Ohio


Gallery Players 65!

Gallery Players is celebrating its 65th year in 2013. Join us in October to view our exhibit about the history of the oldest semi-professional theater group in central Ohio.


Date October 1 - October 31, 2013

LocationJewish Center lobby, 1125 College Ave., Columbus Ohio 43209


JCC100: The Center of it All

It’s been 100 years since Joseph Schonthal first opened the doors of a Community Center for the Jews of Columbus. CJHS presents a look at the history of this institution which has touched the lives of all Columbus Jews in some manner. Share the wonderful memories with us!

Date May 1 to August 31, 2013

LocationJewish Center lobby, 1125 College Ave., Columbus Ohio 43209


Fiddler Comes to the JCC

CJHS looks at the history of Fiddler on the Roof as performed by Gallery Players over the last forty years.

On stage at JCC 5 times, Fiddler has always represented a momentous occasion at the JCC. This year as a part of the 100th anniversary of the JCC, it is even more special. The exhibit will be held in conjunction with the Gallery Players production.


Date February- March, 2013

LocationJewish Center lobby, 1125 College Ave., Columbus Ohio 43209



Music of the lounges, restaurants,
and clubs from the 1930’s to today.

Date March 1 to April 10, 2012

LocationJCC lobby, 1125 College Ave. Columbus, Ohio 4320


RELIVING ROCK – Jewish Columbus in the 1970’s

CJHS takes a look at the rock years in Columbus. From Bar Mitzvah’s to protests, the music was with us.

Date May 1 - May 31, 2011

LocationJCC Lobby, 1125 College Ave. Columbus, OH 43209


NEAL SHAPIRO and DON GORMAN – WCOL and the Jewish DJ’s

Neal Shapiro and Don Gorman will talk about their days at WCOL and other local radio stations. Find out what was happening behind the scenes as the rock bands came to Columbus in the 1970’s.

Date May 25, 2011

LocationJCC 1125 College Ave


BARON WOLMAN – I Saw The Music

Baron Wolman, a Columbus native and the first chief photographer of Rolling Stone Magazine, talks about living in the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love and the early days of rock & roll. He will focus on music, musicians and lifestyle.

Tickets $8 in advance or $10 at the door. (please send check to CJHS, 1175 College Ave. Columbus, OH 43209 by May 5)

Reception and book signing will follow the talk.


Date May 17, 2011

LocationJCC 1125 College Ave. Columbus, OH 43209


Letters Home: Columbus Jews in WWI

On display at the Jewish Community Center of Columbus 1125 College Ave, Columbus OH 43209 From November 15 to December 30, 2010

Click here to read an article by Joe Blundo from the Columbus Dispatch on the exhibit.

Date November 15 to December 30, 2010

LocationJewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave., Columbus Ohio 43209