Jerusalem Post: Data of over 61,000 Turkish Jewish gravestones online in new database

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

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

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 Jewish News: New Website Fills Void of In-Person Jewish Events During Quarantine

The Jewish News: New Website Fills Void of In-Person Jewish Events During Quarantine. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made us feel physically distant to each other. We cannot congregate at our synagogues, community centers or summer camps. However, the Jewish community has not shifted away from community during the quarantine. Rather, we have been brought together virtually thanks to the Internet and streaming video conferencing. Three cutting-edge Jewish visionaries saw this 21st-century phenomenon as a prime opportunity to launch a website that’s a ‘one-stop shop’ for those interested in plugging in and learning or praying with a community of Jews anywhere in the country.”

New York Times: How Crowdsourcing Aided a Push to Preserve the Histories of Nazi Victims

New York Times: How Crowdsourcing Aided a Push to Preserve the Histories of Nazi Victims. “While the coronavirus pandemic has painfully upended lives and businesses around the world, the lockdowns it caused are providing a unique boost for one group’s effort to help heal a generations-old wound: Nazi atrocities. As the virus prompted lockdowns across Europe, the director of the Arolsen Archives — the world’s largest devoted to the victims of Nazi persecution — joined millions of others working remotely from home and spending lots more time in front of her computer.”

Jewish News Syndicate: Online database with 26 million documents on Nazi victims, survivors now online

Jewish News Syndicate: Online database with 26 million documents on Nazi victims, survivors now online. “The world’s most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution reached a ‘milestone’ on Tuesday by publishing 26 million documents to its online database, including new information on forced laborers and deported Jews.”

Torah and TikTok: Not your dad’s bar mitzvah (Jewish News)

Jewish News: Torah and TikTok: Not your dad’s bar mitzvah. “While their parents may have relied on tape recorders and CDs for their own b’nei mitzvah preparations, students today learning to chant Torah can turn to YouTube. ‘There are lots of cantors who have produced high-quality recordings on YouTube,’ said Ben Rotenberg, education director at Germantown Jewish Centre in Pennsylvania. ‘It’s easy to find a voice that you can match and feel comfortable with.’ The video sharing website is just one of many technologies being incorporated into b’nei mitzvah preparations.”

The Yeshiva World: KavodAcharon. Com : A New Website Giving Victims Of COVID-19 The Kavod They Deserve

The Yeshiva World: KavodAcharon. Com : A New Website Giving Victims Of COVID-19 The Kavod They Deserve. “We created KavodAcharon.com so that the friends and families of the niftarim can post personal stories, recollections and words of nechama. In this way, the niftarim will receive the kavod acharon they deserved but were denied due to the terrible situation, and the families will be able to read the divrei chizuk and words of comfort we could not offer in person.”

Forward: Jewish matchmaking won’t stop for coronavirus — but it has moved online

Forward: Jewish matchmaking won’t stop for coronavirus — but it has moved online. “As public spaces have shut down and many companies transitioned to working from home, engagement on the Jewish dating sites JDate and JSwipe increased between 10% and 20%, according to JSwipe founder David Yarus.”

Jewish News Syndicate: Museum of Jewish Heritage offers free online educational resources for those at home

Jewish News Syndicate: Museum of Jewish Heritage offers free online educational resources for those at home. “New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is offering several online resources for parents, teachers and students as the museum remains temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions.”

The Jewish Chronicle: A new online resource — the complete works of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs

The Jewish Chronicle: A new online resource — the complete works of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs. “His more than 50 books, which touch on virtually every area of the Jewish tradition, defy any easy categorisation. What is remarkable is the extraordinary consistency that he exhibited in his scholarship, which spanned almost 60 years. In the opening of his most famous book We Have Reason To Believe, he argues for ‘a synthesis… between the permanent value and truth of tradition and the best thought of the day’ and it is this sentence that perhaps best encapsulates the guiding force behind all of his writing.”

Jewish News: Telling the stories of Jews who fought in Bomber Command

Jewish News: Telling the stories of Jews who fought in Bomber Command. “A non-Jewish archivist researching Jews who fought and died in Bomber Command from 1939 to 1945 has set up a self-funded website to share their stories, using Christmas and birthday money to pay for it. Cathie Hewitt left her job last year at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln to focus on the project full-time, creating hundreds of family trees and travelling the world to uncover life stories.”

Baumel Joseph: Preserving a lost grave through social media (Canadian Jewish News)

Canadian Jewish News: Baumel Joseph: Preserving a lost grave through social media. “Recently, Sass Peress experienced a “miracle.” He wanted to locate and preserve his paternal grandfather’s grave in Iraq. But, how could he? There was no way he or any member of his family could go back there. That world of their existence was closed, trampled upon and inaccessible. Or so he thought. Then, from a chance Facebook encounter, his efforts moved a vast anonymous community of Jews and Iraqi Muslims to preserve 4,000 Jewish graves. And the project is growing.”