Mission Statement
Saligman Middle School students
learn about PJAC and the
workings of archives.
The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center was established in 1972, as a joint project of the Philadelphia Chapter of American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and organize the records of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community and make them available to scholars, students, researchers, and the general public.

From its inception, the Archives has been unique, due in no small measure to Federation’s sponsorship. It was the first community sponsored Jewish archives in this country, and it has served as a model which other Jewish federations have since emulated.

In 2009 PJAC donated its collections to Temple University Libraries where the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection is a part of the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The materials are a strong fit for Temple’s holdings which include a focus on the 19th, 20th, and 21st century social, economic, political, and cultural development of the Philadelphia region.

Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center collections are housed off-site. Click here to browse our collections online to determine if any of our holdings are of interest to you! Please arrange for accessibility at 215-204-8257 or via e-mail at scrc@temple.edu.

Information for Users:

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk Philadelphia, PA 19122
Featured Online Exhibits
Woodbine, New Jersey:
Fifteen Acres and a Shul
The Fruits of Her Hands:
Jewish Women & Social Welfare, 1819-1920