Our History

"Bridging Yesterday and Tomorrow"

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Founded in 1983, the JHSFC serves communities in Fairfield County which share a common Jewish heritage, making us part of an extended family. The JHSFC is the largest secular Jewish organization in the area reaching out to all Jewish organizations and partners to provide engaging educational programming on a wide range of topics of Jewish interest.

The JHSFC maintains the only Jewish Archives in Fairfield County and is an unparalleled resource for students, researchers, organizations and residents. The Oral History and Veterans Project record personal histories. JHSFC also maintains the Harry Rosenbaum JHS Judaica Library at the JCC with over 3,000 volumes, reference materials and an extensive Holocaust collection.

  • 1982 A small group met in Stamford to organize a 'Jewish Historical Society’
  • 1983 Jewish Historical Society of Stamford held its first formal meeting.
  • 1984 Jewish Historical Society of Stamford was incorporated by the state of Connected, and it was officially born.
  • 1996 Jewish Historical Society of Greater Stamford expanded to include the surrounding towns.
  • 2003 Organization became the Jewish Historical Society of Lower Fairfield County, growing once again to include an even wider area. At about the same time, the Norwalk Jewish Historical Society merged into the Jewish Historical Society of Lower Fairfield County.
  • 2012 The Society came to be known by its current name, the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. We are proud to be one of three Jewish Historical Societies in the state, along with the Jewish Historical Societies of Greater Hartford and New Haven.

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The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County is a recipient agency of
United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.

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