PATERSON, NJ - The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey has completed its move to the Barnert Medical Arts Complex at 680 Broadway in Paterson. Visitors there will see a sample of their collection in a display case which features artifacts from Jewish lives.

President Jerry Nathans has bigger plans for the group’s diverse collection and seeks support from the community. From Yiddish books printed in Paterson to wall hangings found on the streets of that city, the collection offers a unique look at New Jersey Jewish history that began in Paterson and Newark around 1840.

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The YM/YWHA in Wayne was the Society’s original home until it ran out of space. Items were packed in 300 boxes and stored in diverse locations including Nathan’s Art Gallery, then in West Paterson.

Most recently, boxes were at William Paterson University and inaccessible to the public. Other pieces of the collection were “wandering for 30 years,” stated President Jerry Nathans. He added the Society is not only creating an exhibition space but also building a board of directors and recruiting volunteers. They need a skilled archivist to help sort our vast store of Judaic material, a lawyer and accountant.

“The long- range goal is to establish a Jewish Heritage Center for Bergen, North Hudson and Passaic Counties,” said Nathans. “We want to create exhibits and open our archives for research to students, scholars and others who enjoy history.”

Nathans and other volunteers are at Barnert on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 am to 3 pm. He is also available via email at jhsnnj@gmail.com or by calling 862-239-4103.