University of Pennsylvania: New Online Exhibition: The Jewish Home. “The exhibition highlights examples of the most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life: homes, houses, and households. Drawing from texts in the Penn Libraries’ collections and from around the world, the contributors interpreted Jewish domestic culture, architecture, clothing, landscape, and material evidence through the lenses of archaeological, anthropological, historical, legal, literary, and visual research.”
Jerusalem Post: Data of over 61,000 Turkish Jewish gravestones online in new database. “An ambitious project has been launched online, documenting Jewish gravestones in Turkey.
The project, entitled ‘A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990’ contains the details of over 61,022 Jewish tombstones spread across Turkey, which makes it one of the largest tombstone databases in the world – covering over 400 years of Turkish Jewish life.”
J-Wire: Australia’s oldest operating synagogue approaching its 175th anniversary. “Hobart Hebrew Congregation has run services in the heritage-listed synagogue in central Hobart since its consecration on July 4, 1845, and was set to mark the milestone with an array of projects and a program of public celebrations. The coronavirus forced the celebration to be cancelled, but the projects have been successfully completed. The highlight of the anniversary year has been making the congregation’s meeting minutes from 1841 to 1958 easily accessible online.”
Winnipeg Free Press: Jewish Heritage Centre expands online archive . “People around the world can now access the oral history collection at the centre, consisting of 200 audio clips by rabbis, businesspeople, professionals, politicians, Holocaust survivors and others. They were recorded between 1968 and 2011. Online visitors can also delve into the newspaper collection, which dates back to the early 1900s and includes Der Yiddishe Vort (Israelite Press), a Yiddish-language newspaper published in Winnipeg; the Jewish Post, an English-language weekly founded in 1925; and Western Jewish News, also founded in 1925.”
The Local, Germany: New website shows how German industry used Auschwitz prisoners as slaves. “The site pulls together more than a decade of research on some 45 sub-camps or ‘kommandos’ located on the periphery of the most notorious site of the Nazi Holocaust. Based on first-hand accounts and research in the archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and others, the site contains more than 3,500 photos, documents and maps. It tells the story of each sub-camp, including lists of the survivors and SS guards and information about their personal stories. The site also lists the industrial organisations implicated in exploiting prisoners at the camps.”
Israel Hayom: Israel’s National Library to share oral histories of Sephardi Jews. “The National Library of Israel has begun publishing oral histories from the Sephardi Voices initiative, the first digital collection that documents and preserves the life stories of Jews who lived in Arab and Islamic countries. In addition to sharing video and audio clips of interviews, the National Library will also be making photographs from the archive public.”
Penn State: Gifts to Penn Libraries enrich Judaic scholarship and digital humanities. “The most recent gifts coincide with the release of a new website, The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica, offering free access to nearly 7,000 digital copies of items from the collection for viewing and downloading. Digital copies of recent acquisitions will be made available in the coming year, and all future items will be made available as well.”
BBC: Jewish communities: ‘Race against time’ to preserve south Wales history. “Efforts have begun to preserve 250 years of Jewish history in south Wales, after historians warned there was a ‘race against time’ to record stories. The Jewish History Association of South Wales (JHASW) has been awarded a grant of almost £55,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.”
Jewish News of Northern California: New digital map offers walking tours of San Francisco’s hidden Jewish history. “The main map collects Jewish sites across the city, from landmarks like Congregation Emanu-El to lesser-known bits of history, like Cable Car Clothiers, located at the original Montgomery Street location where founder Charlie Pivnick first opened it.” There are plans to expand the maps further.
USA Today: Ancestry will let you search online for relatives who were displaced by the Holocaust. “Ancestry is digitizing millions of Holocaust and Nazi-persecution records and making them searchable online for the first time ever. Anyone, not just Ancestry’s paid members, can explore the records at the company’s site.”
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. “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. “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.”
New York Times: A Holocaust Story for the Social Media Generation. “The teenager’s Instagram posts start out breezily enough. Eva Heyman, who just got her first pair of heels for her 13th birthday, films herself eating ice cream in the park. There’s also a teenage crush. But everything rapidly turns dark. Eva’s Instagram account, based on a diary kept by the real Eva Heyman in 1944, will go live Wednesday afternoon for the start of Israel’s annual Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day.”
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.”