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Jewish Museum of the American West

– An Online Museum – Only on Your Device 

Western States Jewish History Association

The Western States Jewish History Association (WSJHA) is dedicated to the discovery, collection, and dissemination of items and information pertaining to the Pioneer Jews of the American West, and how and why they were so successful.

In 2013, WSJHA launched the online Jewish Museum of the American West to tell the story of Jewish participation in the development of the American Wild West.

We are a California non-profit and a 501(c)(3) organization. We exist by DONATIONS only, which are gratefully accepted. Please send to:

Western States Jewish History

2733 Lavender Street

Pomona, CA 91767

This online museum consists of ever-expanding Exhibition Halls for regions, states, and cities West of the Mississippi River that were considered a part of the American Wild West.

Each Exhibition Hall features that area’s early Jewish Pioneers and their families (mid-1800s to early 1900s), how they got here, and what they were able to accomplish.

Jewish numbers were large — often 5% to 10% of the population in larger Western settlements and cities — at a time when Jews made up less than 1% of the total U.S. population.

Theirs is a story of importance for every Jewish adult and child, and,  just as important, for the general public.


Western States Jewish History

Western States Jewish History, the academic journal of the Western States Jewish History Association & Jewish Museum of the American West, is now being published by Texas Tech University Press (TTUP).

Visit the TTUP website for subscription and  submission information, or email us at JMAWcurator@gmail.com.