CNBC: Google parts with Cloud VP after uproar over his manifesto renouncing his antisemitism

CNBC: Google parts with Cloud VP after uproar over his manifesto renouncing his antisemitism. “[Amr] Awadallah, an Egyptian American who is well-known in the cloud industry, also posted his manifesto on YouTube and Twitter in attempts to decry antisemitism by recounting how he became enlightened after he ‘hated all Jews.’ In an awkward attempt to decry hate amid the Israel-Palestinian conflict, he listed all the Jews he knew who he said were good people.”

Jerusalem Post: Jewish-Uzbek historical archives open up to the public

Jerusalem Post: Jewish-Uzbek historical archives open up to the public. “The news recently reached Israel that Uzbekistan is promoting archival cooperation with Israel. Uzbekistan is now officially researching and documenting the history of its Jewish community, which has existed in the central Asian nation since the region was crushed by the hooves of Genghis Khan’s horses. This also includes hundreds of thousands of Jews who managed to escape the chains of Germany’s Panzer tanks.”

ORT: New ORT Archive Offers Access to Trove of Historical Documents and Images

ORT: New ORT Archive Offers Access to Trove of Historical Documents and Images. “The new World ORT Archive site provides users with access to thousands of images, documents and other artefacts, giving an insight into ORT’s rich past worldwide. There are also dozens of highlights from the organization’s film collection, and the opportunity to search the archive for the most relevant information about a place or time in our network’s 141-year history.” I had never heard of ORT, but you can read about it here. From that page: “Our ORT network now reaches more than 200,000 people a year, in more than 30 countries, and is one of the largest educational charities in the world. We provide a combination of high-level science and technology education with strengthened Jewish identity to bridge the gap between ability and opportunity – and to ensure the continuity of Jewish life worldwide.”

Exact Editions: Subscriptions to The Jewish Quarterly now available on the Exact Editions platform

Exact Editions: Subscriptions to The Jewish Quarterly now available on the Exact Editions platform. “Exact Editions is pleased to announce that individuals and institutions can once again purchase a subscription to The Jewish Quarterly. Subscribers will gain access to the full digital archive going back to its very first issue published in 1953 with over 200 back issues included.”

Jewish News: Google filter for antisemitism searches ‘not fit for purpose’

Jewish News: Google filter for antisemitism searches ‘not fit for purpose’. “Google’s SafeSearch function for filtering offensive images is ‘not fit for purpose’ a new report has claimed – after discovering that antisemitic images and ‘Jew jokes’ remain online. A report produced jointly by the Community Security Trust (CST) and Antisemitism Policy Trust, found the SafeSearch function had no impact on the amount of antisemitic images found in Google image searches.”

Vogue: How Orthodox Women Are Using Social Media to Liberate Each Other From Dead Marriages

Vogue: How Orthodox Women Are Using Social Media to Liberate Each Other From Dead Marriages. “The intersection of religious and secular law has proved sticky terrain for women (or men) attempting to obtain a get [document establishing a Jewish divorce]. But the emergence of social-media-fueled activism has the potential to change the traditional power dynamics. In many ways, #FreeChava mimics other social-justice movements that have played out on social media: There is an initial post, then the repost, and sometimes a viral moment. (To date, more than 1,500 posts have used the #FreeChava hashtag.)”

Yale News: Songs of survival from Yale’s Fortunoff Archive of Holocaust testimonies

Yale News: Songs of survival from Yale’s Fortunoff Archive of Holocaust testimonies. “‘Shtubuneltsto’ is revived on ‘Cry My Heart, Cry! Songs from Testimonies, Volume 2,’ the latest album of music drawn from the Fortunoff Archive’s collection of more than 4,400 video testimonies. In sharing their stories, the survivors occasionally recalled songs or poetry that touched them before or during the Holocaust. The new album and its 2019 predecessor, ‘Where is Our Homeland?,’ transform these memories into stylistically diverse collections of songs that showcase the rich cultures of the people who created, sang, and enjoyed them.” The music is free to listen to and there will be a virtual concert on April 28.

Times of Israel: Archives uncover forgotten names of Auschwitz inmates

Times of Israel: Archives uncover forgotten names of Auschwitz inmates. “Ewa Bazan, an archivist at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, compares her work on newly accessible records to piecing together a ‘puzzle’ that is revealing new names and stories of the Nazi death camp’s inmates. Ninety percent of the notorious camp’s files were destroyed by its guards before they fled but a recently completed two-year collaboration with the Arolsen Archives in Germany is bringing new information to light.”

BusinessWire: MyHeritage Adds Lithuanian-Jewish Historical Records in Coordination with LitvakSIG (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: MyHeritage Adds Lithuanian-Jewish Historical Records in Coordination with LitvakSIG (PRESS RELEASE). “MyHeritage, the leading global service for discovering your past and empowering your future, and LitvakSIG, a U.S. non-profit organization providing the primary online resource for Lithuanian-Jewish genealogy research worldwide, jointly announced today the publication of an important compilation of Lithuanian-Jewish historical records by MyHeritage. The records in this collection were originally translated and indexed by LitvakSIG, and represent almost the entire corpus of LitvakSIG’s work over more than twenty years. These records have now been added to MyHeritage’s historical record database.”

Collecting These Times: American Jewish Experiences of the Pandemic (Spotted via Google Alerts)

Spotted via my Google Alerts: Collecting These Times: American Jewish Experiences of the Pandemic. From the front page: “COVID-19 has altered the way people engaged with their communities and religious practices. Collecting These Times connects American Jews to Jewish institutions and other collecting projects which can gather and preserve their experiences of the pandemic. Individuals can find relevant collecting projects through the portal and easily contribute materials such as images, videos, audio recordings, documents, and oral histories to collecting institutions in different parts of the U.S.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Hundreds of Holocaust Testimonies Translated, Digitized for the First Time

Smithsonian Magazine: Hundreds of Holocaust Testimonies Translated, Digitized for the First Time. “On Wednesday, people around the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day—the anniversary of the January 27, 1945, liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. Due to pandemic restrictions, survivors and educational groups couldn’t visit the sites of Nazi atrocities as they have in years past. But a new digital resource from the Wiener Holocaust Library in London offered an alternative for those hoping to honor the genocide’s victims while maintaining social distancing. As the library announced earlier this month, hundreds of its survivor testimonies are now available online—and in English—for the first time.”

CNBC: GitHub head of HR resigns after investigation into firing of Jewish employee over Capitol riot comments

CNBC: GitHub head of HR resigns after investigation into firing of Jewish employee over Capitol riot comments. “Microsoft-owned GitHub, the code sharing site for software developers, said on Sunday that the company’s head of human resources resigned after an investigation into the company’s dismissal of a Jewish employee found ‘significant errors of judgment and procedure.’”