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The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has recently made available online an archive containing over 500,000 names, and more than 1,000 photographs in records of the relief organization's vast efforts during World War II and the postwar era in 24 countries, from China and Japan to the Dominican Republic and Bolivia. The records open a singular view into the lives of survivors that the JDC aided during that cataclysmic period. The collection of documents is searchable by the names appearing on them. The galleries of photos in the collection are organized by country and location where JDC worked during and after the war. Visitors to the site are requested to help the JDC identify the people in the images by adding identity tags to them.
Updated: Jun. 12, 2011
Yad Vashem, in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office National Heritage Project, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Pensioner Affairs, has embarked on a new campaign: “Gathering the Fragments: A national campaign to rescue personal items from the Holocaust period.” The campaign seeks to gather documents, diaries, photos, artifacts and works of art from the Holocaust years that are currently held privately by people in Israel. This rescue operation is a race against the clock, an effort to collect the artifacts and the documents along with the story behind them to ensure their eternal conservation by bringing them to Yad Vashem for safekeeping.
Updated: May. 31, 2011
This issue of Sh’ma—published to mark Israel’s Independence Day—takes a multifaceted look at what it means to reflect on and evaluate history. Israel today, both inside and outside its borders, is more than ever before a contested place. Its polity remains starkly divided over issues of war and peace, religion and politics, and the conflicting risks of reconciliation and occupation. Not surprisingly, the best way to acknowledge Israel’s birth and achievements is in itself a matter of debate. There is so much power in the telling of a story, in the narrative arc, and we hope that this issue will provide a range of views about how to tell Israel’s story — that is, how to situate history between myth and counter-myth.
Updated: May. 24, 2011
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) recently launched their Jewish News Archive, a powerful reference tool that offers a perspective on current events and modern Jewish history that is not available anywhere else. With free access to nearly a century of reporting about global events affecting world Jewry, the Archive will not only serve as a rich resource for both the casually curious as well as students and scholars of modern Jewish history, it will also transform the way the next generation of Jewish leaders and activists learn about their heritage.
Updated: May. 11, 2011
Touro College in conjunction with the family of David Tidhar has made this classic reference work freely available to the public in a searchable online version in its original Hebrew. The monumental 19-volume Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel was compiled and published by David Tidhar (1897-1970) over the 23 years from 1947 until his death. In addition to original articles about political activists and other of his contemporaries, the first several volumes also contain material about 19th century settlers culled from local histories published in the preceding two decades. In each volume, Tidhar requested submission of biographical information and photographs from relatives of early settlers, which he used to compile some 6,000 biographies. His work represents the only biographical source for many of those included.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2011
'Jewish WikiLeaks' Goes live in Jerusalem - Hundreds of Thousands of Pages from Jewish Newspapers from 19th Century to Present
A recent article in Haaretz writes about The Historical Jewish Press, which will contain hundreds of thousands of pages from Jewish newspapers from the 19th century to the present, and was officially launched recently. The project is a joint initiative of the national library and Tel Aviv University that will give researchers, teachers, students and the general public rapid, easy and unprecedented access to periodicals. The website, currently holds more than 400,000 pages from 20 Hebrew, French, Judeo-Arabic (Ladino), English and Hungarian-language newspapers that until recently were hidden away in dusty archives. Full-text search of the periodicals is available on the site.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2011
The Jewish Women's Archive has announced the launch of the gender inclusive civil rights module of Living the Legacy: A Jewish Social Justice Education Project. Developed for educators of 8th-12th grade students in a variety of formal and informal Jewish education settings (including supplementary schools, day schools, service learning projects, and retreats), it includes 16 lesson plans, all available online, free of charge, in an innovative online interface making it clear and easy to use.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2010
16 mm Postcards, on view at Yeshiva University Museum August 2010 – January 2011, brings to life the landscape and people in Poland through the amateur movies of immigrant American Jews who traveled “back home” to visit their families, friends, and former communities in the 1920s and 1930s. Intended to be viewed by family and fellow landsmen (friends from the Old Country), these films offer a rare, intimate and—quite literally—moving picture of Jewish families, towns and society in pre-World War II Poland. This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and in cooperation with the Center for Jewish History.
Updated: Oct. 30, 2010
A new online study resource is being developed by Jeffery Spitzer, Chair of Rabbinic Literature at Gann Academy, an annotated listing of over 200 websites useful for students and teachers of Judaic studies. The resources are listed in over ten categories and levels of Jewish knowledge from novice to advanced.
Updated: Oct. 17, 2010
'adDRESSING Women's Lives', an innovative educational initiative at The Weber School in Atlanta, pairs students with senior women in an oral history project with an artful and cross-generational twist. After interviewing the women about their lives, students design dresses that reflect these women's silent, but very real impact on their families and communities. Spearheaded by Covenant Award recipient and educator Barbara Rosenblit, along with Sheila Miller, the school's arts educator, the program has attracted national attention for its educational value, uniqueness and effectiveness.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2010