Reading Room & Genealogy Institute
Last entry to the Center for Jewish History exhibition spaces is 30 minutes before closing.
212.294.8301 ext. 5101
Genealogical research, and specifically commercial DNA testing, can unlock mysteries and make crucial connections, often linking Holocaust survivors to living relatives they did not know they had. It can be a priceless gift for a population ravaged by genocide, and time is of the essence, as that population ages and dwindles. Through the DNA Reunion Project at the Center for Jewish History, we hope to raise awareness of the potential of DNA testing. Towards that end, this pilot program will allow Holocaust survivors or their children to apply for free commercial DNA kits.
The Project will also serve as a central genealogical resource where Holocaust survivors with complex case histories can avail themselves of expert genetic genealogical consultation. These might include hidden children, unknown parent cases, or stories of non-Jews first learning of hidden Jewish history from DNA testing. The team of Jennifer Mendelsohn and Adina Newman, experts in the field of Ashkenazi Jewish genetic genealogy, will lead the consultation aspect of the project.
*Please note: At this time, applications are only open to Holocaust survivors and to the children of Holocaust survivors or victims. The distribution of kits will be decided on a case-by-case basis. If you are accepted into the program, your wait time for a DNA kit will be determined by the total number of requests received, as supplies last.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before submitting an application.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.