The Art Newspaper: Jewish collections looted by the Nazis to be examined and traced in new database

The Art Newspaper: Jewish collections looted by the Nazis to be examined and traced in new database . “A new database that aims to provide a comprehensive registry of all the Jewish collections looted by the Nazis has announced a pilot project focussing on the fate of the collection of Adolphe Schloss, whose store of Dutch Old Masters was seized by the Gestapo from the French chateau where they had been hidden for safekeeping. One third of the collection is still missing.”

New York Times: $15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests

New York Times: $15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests. “Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to celebrate a wedding inside a cavernous hall in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood earlier this month, dancing and singing with hardly a mask in sight. The wedding was meticulously planned, and so were efforts to conceal it from the authorities, who said that the organizers would be fined $15,000 for violating public health restrictions.”

JewishStandard: Jewish digital library gets better — and now we’re in it

JewishStandard: Jewish digital library gets better — and now we’re in it. “The free website offers an ever growing library of Jewish texts, starting with Torah and Talmud (with English translation!) and myriad commentaries, but including contemporary authors such as Teaneck’s Rabbi Chaim Jachter, whose four volumes of Gray Matter halachic discussions are online…. This year, of course, computer-based learning has gone into overdrive, and Sefaria has risen to the challenge with two exciting new features.”

Northeastern University: Archive of Sephardi music is released online, with help from a Northeastern administrator

Northeastern University: Archive of Sephardi music is released online, with help from a Northeastern administrator. “Joel Bresler’s collaborative work with the Jewish Music Research Centre at Hebrew U is now available for streaming. The Centre has e-released ‘Eastern Mediterranean Judeo-Spanish Songs from the EMI Archive Trust (1907-1912)’ … along with an accompanying booklet representing years of scholarship about the music.

Digital Primary Resources: Soviet Jewish veterans of WWII (HNet)

HNet: Digital Primary Resources: Soviet Jewish veterans of WWII. “The Blavatnik Archive (BAF) is pleased to announce that 2,700 of 12,921 total items in the Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection are fully digitized, cataloged, and accessible online… BAF’s Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection, the largest collection in the world on the experience of Jews in the ranks of the Soviet armed forces during WWII, was launched in 2006. Nearly 1,200 unique video testimonies by veteran soldiers and partisans have been recorded in eleven countries, mostly during the period of 2006-2014.”

JewishPress .com: Yeshiva University Launches Updated Version Of The Lamm Heritage Archive

JewishPress .com: Yeshiva University Launches Updated Version Of The Lamm Heritage Archive. “The Lamm Heritage Archives, an online library recently created by then Dean of Libraries Pearl Berger, contains over 800 sermons by Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, who served as president of YU from 1976 to 2003 and then as chancellor for another 10 years. These sermons date back all the way from 1951 and continue until 1976 according to Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky, director of the archives. This time, organized by subject and date, the records can be accessed with ease.”

Daily Beast: The Horrific WhatsApp Rumor Mill Fueling Brooklyn’s COVID Backlash

Daily Beast: The Horrific WhatsApp Rumor Mill Fueling Brooklyn’s COVID Backlash. “In a community where the most devout may spurn television and avoid the internet, WhatsApp has long supplanted some local politicians and newspapers as the chief source of information. But experts and insiders say the platform is especially popular among the younger Hasidic men who have erupted in angry and even violent protests in recent days against new restrictions geared at spiking infection rates in their New York neighborhoods.”

Gothamist: Orthodox Borough Park Residents Burn Masks, Beat Dissenters Over COVID Lockdown

Gothamist: Orthodox Borough Park Residents Burn Masks, Beat Dissenters Over COVID Lockdown. “Hundreds of members of Brooklyn’s Orthodox community stormed the streets and synagogues of Borough Park on [October 6] to protest new coronavirus restrictions imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.”

CNN: Facebook will ban Holocaust denial posts under hate speech policy

CNN: Facebook will ban Holocaust denial posts under hate speech policy. “Facebook is expanding its hate speech policy to include content that ‘denies or distorts the Holocaust,’ a major shift for the platform, which has repeatedly come under fire for its inaction on hateful and false information.”

Jewish Press: 180 Years of Australian Jewish Newspaper History Going Online

Jewish Press: 180 Years of Australian Jewish Newspaper History Going Online. “A new initiative will digitize and open free digital access to 180 years of Australian Jewish newspapers, including over 200,000 pages from Jewish communities across the continent. The project is a collaboration between the National Library of Australia (NLA), the National Library of Israel (NLI), and the Australian Jewish Historical Society (AJHS).”

Yom Kippur: Minor League ballpark transformed into open-air synagogue (WABC)

WABC: Yom Kippur: Minor League ballpark transformed into open-air synagogue. “The COVID pandemic didn’t stop a Jewish congregation from hitting a home run on their holiest day. It wasn’t a catcher, but rather a cantor standing behind home plate at TD Bank Ballpark in New Jersey. On this Yom Kippur, the home of the Somerset Patriots Minor League baseball team was transformed into an open-air synagogue.”

New York Times: How a Virus Surge Among Orthodox Jews Became a Crisis for New York

New York Times: How a Virus Surge Among Orthodox Jews Became a Crisis for New York. “For decades, tightly knit Hasidic and other ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects have thrived in the city and the surrounding suburbs while warding off many aspects of the modern world. Now, they are facing unwelcome scrutiny over whether the virus is spreading because some people in these insular communities are reluctant to embrace public health practices and have become susceptible to misinformation, including from President Trump.”

NBC News: Jewish teens say life on TikTok comes with anti-Semitism

NBC News: Jewish teens say life on TikTok comes with anti-Semitism. “A half-dozen Jewish teens on TikTok said they experience anti-Semitism nearly every time they post content to the platform, regardless of whether or not the content is about their Judaism. Sometimes it takes the form of denying the existence or the severity of the Holocaust; at other moments, it takes the shape of equating Jews as a people with the actions of the government of Israel.”

New York Times: Beba’s Story Tells of Jewish Life Before the Nazis

New York Times: Beba’s Story Tells of Jewish Life Before the Nazis. “Three years ago, a large cache of artifacts, including poems, letters and notebooks by some of the greatest Yiddish writers of the first half of the 20th century, was discovered in the basement of a church in Vilnius, Lithuania. In scouring through them and other artifacts that had been rescued from Nazi efforts to destroy all traces of Jewish culture, researchers discovered a more humble document: the writing of a fifth-grade girl telling of her daily life in Vilnius in the 1930s. Now that girl, whose name was Americanized to Beba Epstein, is the central character of a YIVO Institute for Jewish Research exhibition that went up online recently.”

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: NYC health department warns of ‘significant concern’ about COVID-19 rise in largely Orthodox neighborhoods

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: NYC health department warns of ‘significant concern’ about COVID-19 rise in largely Orthodox neighborhoods. “Six heavily Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens are currently contributing 20% of all new COVID-19 cases in New York City, and rising cases there are cause for ‘significant concern,’ city health officials announced Tuesday. The new data comes amid signs of growing alarm in New York City’s Orthodox communities about the possible beginning of a second wave of cases, after a brutal spring and relatively quiet summer.”