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Galveston Jewish History Center

Galveston Jewish History Center

   at Congregation Beth Jacob

Building the Collections


Vistors to the  Galveston Jewish History Center will be presented with the history of CBJ, the island’s 19th and 20th century Jewish immigrants and the families that grew arround thier Shul.  We will curate and display a collection of documents, photographs and artifacts in a gallery setting. The exhibits will convey the story of CBJ’s families and the Shul that was central to their lives.


To grow the collection, we solicit Beth Jacob congregants, alumni and friends to add their pictures, stories and documents to the stories of thier families, friends and the Galveston Jewish community.


Through these artifacts, as well as oral histories that will preserve the voices of our congregants, we will teach all who come to Beth Jacob about the Galveston Jewish Experience and its central themes, including immigration, cultural diversity, religion and worship, education, family, community and industry.


As we grow we will digitize the collections and make them available online establishing an invaluable resource that grants access to all. In addition, related programming will enhance learning for a wide variety of audiences, including students and adults.

Future History Center Entrance Gallery
Five Year Plan Building the Space and Collections
Building the Space


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Future Entrance Gallery 
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