The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) were established in 1939. They hold the archives of hundreds of Jewish communities, as well as of local, national and international Jewish organizations and the private collections of many outstanding Jewish personalities. The Archives now hold the most extensive collection of documents, pinkassim (registers) and other records of Jewish history from the Middle Ages to the present day.
On January 30, 2013 The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People and the National Library of Israel signed an agreement to implement a merger between the Archives and the Library. By joining the Library, the treasures of the archives will enrich the National Library's collections, and will be able to make the contents of their vast holdings more available to a wider public.
This website gives a general overview of the archive's collections, arranged geographically by countries or communities (according to the borders in existence between the two World Wars), and by organization. When detailed lists are available, they are accessible in the old site: