During the 1976 American Bicentennial, the North Shore Jewish Historical Society was conceived as a non-profit volunteer organization with the following purposes:
- To promote increased public awareness of Jewish history and accomplishments around the North Shore.
- To encourage scholarly study and collect and preserve primary evidence of this history.
- To sponsor meetings, publications and other forms of information about Jewish life along the North Shore.
In 2012 we realigned our mission and changed our name to the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore. We will continue to archive Jewish history along the North Shore. Our new name and activities reflect our commitment to connect the North Shore with the full spectrum of Jewish identity.