The Jerusalem Post: Italian Jewish Institutions In Search Of Historical Amateur Movies

The Jerusalem Post: Italian Jewish Institutions In Search Of Historical Amateur Movies. “Between July 1 and October 2, anyone who possesses amateur movies documenting Italian Jewish life, from before and in the aftermath of the Holocaust, is invited to reach out so that the material can be digitized and catalogued. ‘It is very hard to find footage as valuable as those filmed by Di Segni, or by the Ovazza family, shot between 1930 and 1936,’ CDEC director Gadi Luzzatto Voghera told the Italian Jewish paper Pagine Ebraiche on Monday. ‘For this reason, we are interested also in films from the period after the war.'”

Jewish News: Britain’s oldest synagogue Bevis Marks gets £2.7m National Lottery windfall

Jewish News: Britain’s oldest synagogue Bevis Marks gets £2.7m National Lottery windfall. “The grant will fund conservation work and go towards the costs of opening a new centre to tell the story of its congregation within the context of its neighbourhood and nearby East End of London and the broader British Jewish experience. It will also showcase the shul’s array of historical Judaica in one place for the first time, relay oral histories, feature an accessible digital archive, and a partnership with the Jewish Museum will facilitate school visits.”

Jewish News of Northern California: Columns by Earl Raab, Bay Area writer and Jewish community legend, now online

Jewish News of Northern California: Columns by Earl Raab, Bay Area writer and Jewish community legend, now online. “Earl Raab was known for many things. He was a progressive before his time, a champion of a free press, an activist for Jewish causes. And the longtime San Francisco community leader was also a writer, notably as a columnist in this very publication. Now his writings are available once again, collected and organized by topic on a new website set up by the Jewish Community Relations Council, where Raab was executive director from 1951 to 1987.”

Epoch Times: Keeping Bubbe’s Cooking Alive With the Jewish Food Society

The Epoch Times: Keeping Bubbe’s Cooking Alive With the Jewish Food Society. “A Shabbat curry by way of Mumbai. Syrian Passover soup that came to Brooklyn. A 100-year-old rugelach recipe. A cholent pie. Naama Shefi is the Jewish culinary librarian who carefully records these Jewish diaspora foods in her recipe card box that is The Jewish Food Society. It’s a recently conceived organization, incorporated as a nonprofit in 2017, that aims to ‘preserve, celebrate, and revitalize Jewish food from around the world,’ its Instagram page reads, through a digital archive and real life pop-ups and events.”

‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’: Remembering Kolkata’s Jewish Community (The Wire)

The Wire: ‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’: Remembering Kolkata’s Jewish Community. “The Jewish community in Kolkata is close to extinction – of the original Baghdadi Jews who migrated, only about 20 remain. Most are in their 70s and once they’re gone, the rich Jewish culture and legacy may as disappear from the city too. Jews have experienced cruel anti-Semitism in many countries, but not in India. Kolkata provided a rich and hospitable home for the community for over 200 years. [Rahel] Musleah fears that the community cannot be preserved further, but needs to be re-invigorated and revived with an infusion of people.”

Wall Street Journal: Institute Gives Yiddish Songs a Fresh Star Turn

Wall Street Journal, and for me it was paywalled: Institute Gives Yiddish Songs a Fresh Star Turn. “Ruth Rubin devoted most of her life to preserving a Jewish folk song tradition that seemed destined to die. Now, a New York-based organization is making sure it survives permanently by creating a publicly available digital archive.”

Dartmouth College: Dartmouth and Hebrew University Strengthen Jewish Music Archive

New-to-me, from Dartmouth: Dartmouth and Hebrew University Strengthen Jewish Music Archive. “What does Jewish culture sound like? You can find over 100,000 answers in the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive (DJSA), an online audio library. The wide-ranging collection includes radio broadcasts at turning points in Israeli history, cantors singing in synagogues, stand-up comedians—’every kind of Jewish recording imaginable,’ says Professor of Middle Eastern Studies Lewis Glinert, who, with Alexander Hartov, a professor of engineering at Thayer School of Engineering, co-founded the archive in 2002.”