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Welcome to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego Archives!

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego maintains an archives of documents, records, photographs and papers, of the San Diego Jewish community. Working with the Jewish Studies Program and Special Collections at San Diego State University, the JHSSD Archives is the only repository dedicated to this purpose.

The Archives accepts both personal and communal materials relating to the Jewish community of San Diego. Donated materials will be organized, preserved, cataloged and made available to researchers. Materials will permanently reside in SDSU’s Special Collections & University Archives. To determine the location of a particular collection, see the Collection Location in the Archive Record. At the bottom of each page are links to both the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego/Jewish Studies Program and Special Collections and University Archives.

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Rabbi Cohn will return records associated with rabbi OR Cohn). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rabbi Morton J. Cohn"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.