Union "Y" named for Lebaus

Harry Lebau and his wife, Mary, after the Green Lane Y in Union was named in his honor. Lebau spearheaded a chapter of the United Jewish Appeal that became the Eastern Union County Jewish Council. The history of Jewish life in Union County from the 1920s to the 1960s was written and compiled by Lebau. Lebau's memories are in the JHS archives.

Gershmans donate to JHS

Jackie and Mort Gershman have a long history as volunteers and board members for the Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey. The couple donated photographs and historic records to the JHS archives.

Major collections

The following is a partial list of collections that are in our archives: Click here to visit our archives!

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (1901- present) includes the private collection of Dr. Victor Parsonnet

Daughters of Israel Home for the Jewish Aged (1906- present)

I.K.U.V. Israel Kranken Untersteutzung Verein (Israel Sick Benefits Society( (1885- 1989 )
Mutual benefit societies provided burial plots to first generation Jewish immigrants.

YM-YWHA/JCC Collection (1877-present)"Y" baseball team in 1903

Federation records, including Jewish Community Council of Essex County, merger of Essex, Morris, and Sussex counties in 1983, and United JewishCommunities of MetroWest (1923-present)

Congregation Oheb Shalom (1860-present) includes papers of Rabbi Isaac Schwarz
oheb shalom
Oheb Shalom located at 32-34 Prince Street in Newark. The building is still standing.

Sermons of Temple B'nai Jeshurun's Rabbi Ely Pilchik including correspondence with Albert Einstein

Synagogue newsletters from Congregation Young Israel located on Weequahic Avenue in Newark

Louis Bamberger Collection (1892-1944) as donated by JHSMW executive director Linda Forgosh
louis bamberger
L. Bamberger & Co. "One of America's great stores"

Photograph collections from and bound editions of the Jewish News (1946-present)

Papers of JHSMW founder Saul Schwarz (1990-2002)

Pine Brook Jewish Center (1903-present)
Looking Back
Rare copy of the history of Pine Brook's early settlers.

Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael (1899-present) including silver ceremonial trowel used to place cornerstone of synagogue in 1929)
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Cornerstone and dedication ceremony for Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael in 1929.

Dolls for Democracy

Dedicated JHS volunteer, Marjorie Franzel, helped to install the JHS exhibit "Dolls for Democracy." The dolls were donated by MetroWest resident, Lois Kaish. Kaish is active in Jewish Women's International, formerly B'nai Brith Women.


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Ruth Dolinko - Slides of local synagogue art and architecture

Lisa Novemsky - Bris gown, c. 1900

Marlene Lupin - Photographs: B'nai Abraham Confirmation Class (1953) and South Ward Boys Club, Washington, D.C. (c. mid-1960s)

Florence Pastor Mitnick - Photograph: Sinai Torah Chaim

Marilyn Weinberg - Yearbook: Morrell (Irvington) High School (1934)

Nancy Goldband - Morristown Jewish Center Team Jacket (1947)

Donald Kalfus - Congregation Rodfei Shalom - Stained Glass Window

Nathan Kupperman - I.O.B.A.: Membership Certificate; Admiral Sampson Lodge sashes

John Lasser - B'nai Jeshurun: Cemetery Committee records

Lois Kaish - Dolls for Democracy: 50 handmade dolls of world leaders

Jackie Gershman - Jewish Family Service of Central NJ records

Ruth Brewster - Papers of Harry Lebau

Jewish Federation of Central NJ - Board and Executive Committee Minute Ledgers (1962-1999); Scrapbooks (1975-2010); Biographical Files

"The Warren Grover Collection Finding Aid and Container List can be found here:



Nat Arno, c. 1930

Nat Arno, c. 1930's

Minutemen, c. 1930's

Nat Arno (with cigar) and Minutemen,
including Julius "Skinny" Markowitz
(with hand on Arno's shoulder) at
Krugers Auditorium, 1936