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Edward R. Murrow interviews David Ben-Gurion
on See It Now, courtesy of CBS Photo Archive

The National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting (NJAB) is a valued component of The Jewish Museum's permanent collection, and it is the largest and most comprehensive body of broadcast materials on 20th century Jewish culture in the United States.

Established in 1981 in association with The Charles H. Revson Foundation, the NJAB collection contains over 4,300 programs from 1935 to the present, most of which have been obtained courtesy of networks, commercial and independent stations, production companies, and individual contributors.

Seinfeld and The Rugrats Passover Special, © 2000 Viacom International, Inc., courtesy of Photofest and Nickelodeon. thirtysomething, courtesy of Photofest

Highlights include:

  • Documentaries on Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, George Segal, Ben Shahn and other artists

  • News footage from the 1950's to the present including Edward R. Murrow's reportage on the first decade of Israeli statehood and McCarthyism in the United States

  • Anti-Semitic radio sermons of Father Charles E. Coughlin and a report on the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

  • Independent and network-produced documentaries on Jews from Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Israel, including the public television series Pillar of Fire and Heritage: Civilization and the Jews

  • Educational and religious broadcasts such as Directions, The Eternal Light, Frontiers of Faith, Lamp Unto My Feet, and Look Up and Live

  • Manischewitz wine commercials produced between 1963 and 1981

  • United Jewish Appeal telethons featuring Alan King, Barry Manilow, Bess Meyerson, Bette Midler, and Zero Mostel

  • This is Your Life programs featuring Holocaust survivor Hanna Bloch Kohner

  • Holocaust-themed dramas such as The Holocaust mini-series, Playhouse 90's "In the Presence of Mine Enemies," Skokie and episodes from The Twilight Zone and Star Trek

  • Primetime dramatic series featuring recurring Jewish characters such as Brooklyn Bridge, thirtysomething, and L.A. Law

  • Woody Allen on The Ed Sullivan Show, courtesy of CBS Photo Archive. Bridget Loves Bernie, courtesy of Photofest

  • Network comedies such as All in the Family, Bridget Loves Bernie, The Goldbergs, The Jack Benny Show, The Nanny, Northern Exposure, Rhoda, Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, and Sex and The City

  • Appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show by Woody Allen, the Barry Sisters, Morey Amsterdam, Mel Brooks, Jack Carter, Myron Cohen, Totie Fields, Sam Levenson, Jackie Mason, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, and Menasha Skulnick

  • Variety programs such as Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater, Your Show of Shows and My Name is Barbra

  • Contemporary children's programming such as The Rugrats and Sesame Street

  • For further information about the NJAB, please email njab [at]

    Program support for the Museum's broadcast archive is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.