Jewish Studies DH projects

You will find here a list of projects in the field, built and compiled by Michelle Chesner from Columbia University Library (notice the option to view the different columns).
If you know of a project that does not appear in it, please fill out the form below!

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5/23/2015 6:47:39Photographic database of the International Catacomb Societyhttp://www.catacombsociety.orgThe archive of the International Catacomb Society contains approximately 5,000 photographic images, which are completely digitized and cataloged in a searchable database. The strengths of the archive include the Jewish catacombs of Rome, epigraphy from the catacombs, and early Christian and Jewish iconography.
The archive may be consulted in person by appointment or by contacting the staff of the society with a research request. The archive is available online for members of the International Catacomb Society.
2000-ongoingPhotographsMediterranean areasFine ArtsVirtual ExhibitionsEnglishInternational Catacomb Societyinfo@catacombsociety.orgJessica Dello RussoIn progressMembership accessThe International Catacomb Society promotes awareness of the need for preservation, restoration, and documentation of the catacombs in Rome (with a special focus on the Jewish catacombs) and other sites, which contain paintings, epigraphy, and artifacts depicting the cultures and customs of early religions under the Roman Empire.
The society gives grants through the Shohet Scholars Program for research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects within the sphere of the Mediterranean world from the late Hellenistic Period to the end of the Roman Empire.
The society also strives to increase knowledge of the catacombs by circulating exhibits, sponsoring lectures, and disseminating information and publications.
The society maintains an extensive photographic reference archive, which is available for consultation in person by scholars and students and online for society members.
5/25/2015 8:29:02poetrans project aspires to be a digital database of all tables of content of all poetry books ever translated into Hebrew (though not the actual poems).

The project is primarily a tool for translators of prose or subtitles, who often come across poetry snippets. The proper procedure in such cases is to look for an existing translation and quote it. In poetrans they can check if the poem at hand has been translated into Hebrew, who translated it and where they can find the translation.
1850 - ongoingTextIrrelevantLiteratureDigitized primary sourcesHebrewOfra Hodofrahod@gmail.comOfra HodIn progressFair use
5/26/2015 10:26:04Jewish Heritage Europehttp://www.jewish-heritage-europe.euA searchable online clearing house of news and information on Jewish built heritage in more than 40 European countries. JHE aggregates information and also posts original material. There are also photo galleries. The news feed constitutes a searchable database of information about the current status of Jewish heritage sites in Europe.TextEuropeArchitecture, Art, Museums, Built Heritage (synagogues, Jewish cemeteries), NewsLinked dataEnglishRothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europeregruber@gmail.comRuth Ellen Gruber, Coordinator of Jewish Heritage EuropeConstantly evolving and growingFair use
5/26/2015 11:34:26Jewish Heritage Collection, College of Charleston Jewish Heritage Collection documents the Jewish experience in South Carolina from colonial times to present day. The archives grows out of an active program of collection, field work, and public education that was inaugurated in January 1995 by the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, the College of Charleston’s Jewish Studies Program, and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina. Project staff spearheaded research and development of a major museum exhibition, A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life, that opened at McKissick in January 2002, beginning a two-year national tour. In 2000 the collection’s scope expanded to include the Holocaust, with contributions from survivors, liberators, and other eyewitnesses with ties to South Carolina. In 2007 Irene Rosenthall, widow of Rabbi William A. Rosenthall, donated her husband’s world-class collection of Judaica, assembled over his lifetime, as well as his professional and research papers.

Located in Special Collections on the third floor of the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library, the Jewish Heritage Collection is open to the public. Content includes oral histories, manuscripts, artifacts, photographs, genealogies, memoirs, home movies, and other primary sources. Researchers can access inventories and descriptions of archival materials through the College of Charleston library catalog or the Special Collections homepage. A growing number of collection items and oral histories have been digitized and are available for viewing online at the Lowcountry Digital Library.
1600-presentalmost all of the aboveAmerican South + worldwide Judaicaall of the aboveDigitized primary sourcesall of the aboveCollege of Charlestonrosengartend@cofc.eduDale RosengartenIn progressOpen AccessOur scope includes many of the categories on the lists above, but the form seems to allow me to check only one. Instead, I clicked "other" and indicated all (or almost all) of the above. In the category "type," for example, we include databses, scholarly collaborations, and virtual exhibits, as well as digitized primary sources.
5/26/2015 12:59:19All Israel Databases (AID) Israel Genealogy Research Association [IGRA] has set as one of its primary aims the preparation of databases based upon various records, mainly found in Israel, for as wide an audience as possible. The large amount of archives located in Israel dealing with communities in Israel and Jewish communities outside of Israel have records in a variety of languages but mostly in Hebrew and English. Our data come from Archives as well as publications which are on open shelves in libraries. Ottoman Empire through the State of IsraelManuscript transcriptionsMainly Eretz IsraelGenealogy SourcesDatabaseHebrew & EnglishIsrael Genealogy Research FeldmanIn progressOpen AccessThe site requires registration for the simple search.
5/27/2015 5:02:45CemeteryScribeshttp://www.cemeteryscribes.comThe aim of this project is to preserve for future generations the information that has been inscribed over the centuries on headstones across the UK before it is lost to the insidious ravages of acid rain, urbanization, neglect and vandalism.

Many of our original cemeteries are now gone forever and many others are no longer open to the public. We hope this project, to photograph and database as many headstone inscriptions as possible and make the information widely and freely available, will help preserve the memories, if not the memorials
Tombstone photos and inscriptions with mini family trees.Gravestone (photos)GlobalHistoryDatabaseEnglishGaby Laws & Angela Shiregabylaws@gmail.comGaby LawsIn progressData is Public Domain, photos subject to our and the photographers' copyright as shown on site
5/27/2015 5:10:03SynagogueScribes gateway to Anglo-Jewish community records: Synagogue Scribes offers a unique and fully searchable database of London Ashkenazi Synagogue records, with the emphasis on pre UK civil registration, which began on 1st July 1837Pre 1837, births, circumcisions, deaths, burialsManuscript transcriptionsUK births, circumcisions, deaths, burialsDatabaseEnglishGaby Laws & Angela Shiregabylaws@gmail.comGaby LawsIn progressFree access - see notesUnauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from these sites and/or blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to, and SynagogueScribes Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
5/27/2015 7:16:36Museum of Family Historyhttp://www.museumoffamilyhistory.comHonors and preserves the memory of the Jewish family, history and culture for the present and future generations.Virtual museumIrrelevantHistoryVirtual ExhibitionsEnglishDr. Steven Laskysteve@museumoffamilyhistory.comDr. Steven LaskyIn progressOpen Access
5/27/2015 7:23:03CRARG (Czestochowa-Radomsko Area Research Group)http://www.crarg.orgCRARG finds, translates, and types a great variety of records from the late 1790s to the 1940s for Jews who lived in Częstochowa, Gowarczów, Janów, Kłobuck, Kłomnice, Koniecpol, Końskie, Krzepice, Lelów, Mstów, Nowa Brzeźnica, Pilica, Pławno, Praszka, Przedbórz, Przyrów, Radomsko, Radoszyce, Rozprza, Szczekociny, Żarki, and many smaller towns nearby, with over 700,000 records so far.1700s-1940sText, Gravestone, and othersPolandGenealogyDigitized primary sourcesPolish, Hebrew, German, EnglishCRARGdanielkazez@crarg.orgDaniel KazezIn progressHolocaust-era material is open access
5/28/2015 13:27:12Litvakworld mission is to collect information on the heritage of Litvaks - Jews, coming from Lithuania and other territories that ones were part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and make this information widely available through a website.
The information is being collected from the archives in Lithuania, from the research papers and books (after negotiating the copyright).
XX age mostlyArchivesGrand Duchy of LithuaniaHistoryVirtual ExhibitionsEnglish"Jerusalem of the North"anna@litvakworld.comAnna AvidanGrant huntingNP
5/30/2015 21:23:08Lo Tishkach Jewish Cemeteries Initiative Tishkach collates information about Europe's Jewish burial grounds into one database accessible to all.

Lo Tishkach was founded in 2006 by the Conference of European Rabbis with the support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Its database, aimed at collating all known data on Europe’s Jewish burial grounds, contains more than 11,000 individual records of cemeteries and mass graves (as of 2015). Lo Tishkach’s fieldwork of surveying and reporting on the current physical state of the sites allows for prioritizing where demarcation, memorialization or restoration are needed most. Learn-and-do education programs have included youth from Ukraine, Latvia, Poland and Lithuania. Representing Jewish religious authorities Lo Tishkach advocates for the implementation of pan European legislation making preservation of Jewish burial grounds part of European Heritage.


TextEuropeHolocaustDatabaseEnglishCERdirector@lo-tishkach.orgM BindingerIn progressOpen AccessLo-Tishkach are constantly sourcing new and updated data to add to the database.
6/1/2015 10:05:48American Jewish Committee Oral History Collection New York Public Library's Dorot Jewish Division's American Jewish Committee Oral History Collection is the outcome of the "grandparent" of Jewish oral history projects. The Division holds the only complete compilation of transcripts and recordings from this 25-year project that began in the 1960s. The collection contains interviews with 2,250 individuals -- comprising approximately 100,000 pages of transcripts and 6,000 hours of audiotapes. The American Jewish Committee interviewed individuals from all walks of life, thereby compiling a collection of oral histories documenting the Jewish experience in America. Out of this comprehensive collection of interviews, 350 of the transcripts have now been scanned and digitized; most of these are available both onsite at the Library and offsite, and the others onsite alone. Oral historyGlobalHistoryDigitized primary sourcesEnglishAmerican Jewish Committee/Dorot Jewish Division, New York Public Librarydorotjewish@nypl.orgAmanda SeigelIn progressOpen Access
6/1/2015 10:08:43Digital Yiddish Theatre Projecthttp://www.yiddishstage.orgWelcome to the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project, a research consortium dedicated to the application of digital humanities tools and methods to the study of Yiddish theatre and drama. Founded in 2012, the DYTP is an experiment in scholarly collaboration across dozens of fields, methodologies, and institutions. Our fifteen members include theatre researchers, historians, literary scholars, musicologists, film scholars, librarians, archivists, performers, musicians, and independent scholars who among the leading scholars of Yiddish theater, drama, and related fields.

The Digital Yiddish Theatre Project was formed in recognition of the linguistic, cultural, and geographic complexity of the Yiddish theatre, and of the ability of emerging digital humanities tools and methodologies to address that complexity. Together, we hope to address the full range of Yiddish theatrical production, from its beginnings to the present day. This site represents the first fruits of our collaboration: a place for us to share and discuss our findings with each other and with a wider public audience of those interested in learning more about the Yiddish stage.
Text, images, mapsGlobalYiddish TheaterScholarly CollaborationEnglish, YiddishDigital Yiddish Theatre Project SeigelIn progressOther
6/1/2015 10:13:27Yiddish Theater Placards Theater Placards contains digitized Yiddish theater posters and programs from New York and Buenos Aires, spanning approximately from the early 1890's to the mid-1930's, from the Dorot Jewish Division, New York Public Library.1890's-1930'sPostersNew York and Buenos AiresYiddish TheaterDigitized primary sourcesYiddish, English, SpanishDorot Jewish Division, New York Public Librarydorotjewish@nypl.orgAmanda SeigelCompletedOpen Access
6/23/2015 8:39:41Database of Holocaust Victims / The Terezín Album project databse contain the short data about all of the prisoners of Terezín Ghetto deported in from Czech Lands, Germany, Austria, Nederland, Denmark, Slovakia. You can find the data relating to the people thay came to Terezín with the death marches in the last months of the war (so called evacuation transports) and the information about the Jews deported from Czech Lands directly to Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, Minsk and Ujazdow.
The goal of the Terezín Album project is to search, digitalize and publish documents, especially photos, about individual holocaust victims. The digitized documents and photos are continually being added to the concerned records in the Database of Holocaust Victims.
Text, Metadata, Documents, PhotographsIrrelevantHolocaustDatabaseEnglish, German, CzechTerezin Initiative Institutedatabase@terezinstudies.czAneta PlzakovaIn progressCC, non-commertial use
6/29/2015 6:07:44The Ilanot Project project is producing a descriptive catalogue of all known ilanot (kabbalistic divinity maps) as well as a series of critical editions with Cherub Press.

The Ilanot Database (an Israel Science Foundation-funded work-in-progress) is a searchable descriptive catalogue of kabbalistic diagrams in manuscripts and books from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, hosted by the University of Haifa’s Nazarian Library Digital Media Center.

We are thrilled to announce the full partnership of the National Library of Israel in the development of the Ilanot

Although modest illustrative diagrams embedded in kabbalistic works may be catalogued, the priority is to treat the more complex and generally independent artifacts that give diagrammatic expression to kabbalistic theosophical cosmology. These artifacts, often executed in scroll form, and generically known as "Ilanot" (Arborae), are hybridic integrations of text and diagram.

The Ilanot Database will enable scholars to search for diagrams according to historical period; cultural-regional context; concepts diagrammed; aesthetic criteria; as well as other salient characteristics.

1300-2015Text, Metadata, Documents, Manuscripts, Manuscript transcriptions, Codices, Scrolls, Art objectsGlobalHistory, Literature, Rabbinic Literature, Fine Arts, KabbalahDatabase, Scholarly CollaborationEnglish, Hebrew, Aramaic, LatinJ. H. use
8/5/2015 8:01:13Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project (HMDP) Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project (HMDP) is a 3-year project funded by the Polonsky Foundation, taking place at the British Library, London. This project digitises approximately 1,250 of the BL collection of Hebrew manuscripts, making them available online. The collection include Bible and biblical commentaries, liturgies, kabbalah, Midrash, Talmud, Halakha, ethics, poetry, philosophy and philology. It spans a wide geographical scope including Europe, North Africa, the Middle and Near East, and various countries in Asia such as Iran, Iraq, Yemen and China.Mainly 10th to 19th centuryMetadata, Manuscripts, Codices, ScrollsGlobalLiterature, Bible, Rabbinic LiteratureDigitized primary sources, XML-TEIHebrew, Arabic, Yiddish, Aramaic, Judeo-ArabicBritish Libraryadi.keinan-schoonbaert@bl.ukAdi Keinan-SchoonbaertIn progressPublic Domain, BY, SA
9/2/2015 10:30:02A Study of Transnational Jewish Relief Networks and the Emergence of Jewish Internationalism in Central and Eastern Europe, 1860s – 1870s doctoral project is an innovative, transnational study of pan-European Jewish relief networks and their role in the shaping of modern Jewish international consciousness in Central and Eastern Europe (two case studies). It brings the methods of digital humanities to bear on historical exploration, incorporating network visualisations and interactive maps, benefiting from the creation of a searchable prosopographical database of donors (TEI). It revisits themes previously studied in isolation dictated by nation-state borders or by the limitations of less advanced quantitative methodologies, in the absence of mapping, with the aim of presenting the Jewish philanthropic networks in Central and Eastern Europe as part of a wider interconnected and dynamic – pan-European relief system.1860-1879DataCentral and Eastern EuropeHistory, ImmigrationGIS/Mapping, XML-TEIEnglishMilena Zeidler(Unknown)Michelle ChesnerDissertationNot yet releasedThis is a dissertation project, and is still very much in progress. The link goes to a description of the project, not the project itself.
9/3/2015 11:44:29Yerusha (lit. inheritance) is a project of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe. Our vision is to virtually unite scattered Jewish documentary heritage from across Europe. Yerusha will create an online portal and
database containing archival collection descriptions and will become a major hub and reference point for information regarding Jewish archival heritage. To date (September 2015), Yerusha has supported 17 projects implemented by 12 member institutions in 14 European countries with the participation of over 100 researchers performing research in more than 350 archives.

Text, Metadata, Archives, Manuscripts, Codices, Scrolls, Ephemera, Posters, PostcardsEuropeHistory, Holocaust, Immigrationcrowdsourcing, Database, Scholarly Collaboration, XML-TEIEnglishRothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europeg.kadar@rothschildfoundation.euProject Director Gabor KadarIn progressOpen Access, Open Content
10/29/2015 9:25:33English Translations of Pesach Haggadah (1770-Now) still under construction - Program in its starting phases)

The aim of this project is to create a digitized corpus of English translations of the Haggadah (focussing primarily on translations of the ashkenazi traditional Haggadah) in order to compare these using visualization software. The results will be interpreted against Cultural/ Historical developments.

Whereas bibles, prayerbooks and novels are usually translated by professionals, the haggadah seems to be fair game for anyone with some English knowledge. Not many other non-English texts have been re-translated into English so many times by so many different translators with such a wide range of expertise over such a long period of time in so many different countries. The data thus produced (with about 11,000 words per translation) has never been digitally analyzed.

1770-NowText, Documents, Digitized Printed books, Archives, Manuscript transcriptions, Serials/Periodicals/Newspapers/BroadsidesMostly Europe and IsraelHistory, Literature, TranslationDigitized primary sources, OCR, DatabaseEnglishAvraham Roosavrahamroos@gmail.comAvraham Roospreliminary developmentFair use
5/29/2016 9:41:28The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art, Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art is a largest virtual Jewish museum in the word, which includes about 250,000 images from ca. 700 museums, libraries, private collections and synagogues in 41 countries, as well as architectural plans of ca. 1,500 synagogues documented in situ. The images are classified according to their iconographical subject, type of objects, origin, and date. The digitization of the Index is being undertaken in cooperation with the National Library of Israel and the Judaica Division of Harvard University Library.Text, Documents, Archives, Manuscripts, Photographs, Art objects, Archaeological objects, Inscriptions, Gravestone (photos), Gravestone (text)GlobalHistory, Fine Arts, Jewish ArtDigitized primary sources, DatabaseEnglishCenter for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of LevinIn progresscopyrighted material
9/24/2016 6:13:07Key Documents of German-Jewish History online source edition published by the Institute for the History of German Jews (IGdJ) uses a selection of sources, so-called key documents, to thematically highlight central aspects in Hamburg’s Jewish history from the early modern age to the present. The editors consider Hamburg as a lens for larger developments and questions in German-Jewish history. The source edition aims to help digitally reunite the city’s Jewish heritage, scattered all over the world due to persecution and migration, and to make it accessible and preserve it for future generations.1600-2000Text, Metadata, Documents, Manuscripts, Manuscript transcriptions, Photographs, Audio Recordings, Oral history, Audio transcriptions/lyrics, Art objects, PostcardsFocus on HamburgHistoryDigitized primary sources, XML-TEIEnglish, GermanInstitute for the History of German Jews redaktion@juedische-geschichte-online.netDaniel BurckhardtCompletedCC, BY, SA
10/18/2016 8:13:34Recovering the Records of the European Jewry: The Pinkassim Project Pinkassim Project, a collaboration between the National Library of Israel, the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University and internationally renowned scholars, is a digitization endeavor in the field of Jewish studies. The project seeks to provide free, central access to the minute books of Jewish communities (pinkassei kahal), of Ashkenazic Europe and northern Italy; they are indispensable historical sources for Jewish history and culture in the Early Modern Era. The communal Pinkassim, until now scattered across archives around the globe, are being progressively digitized (First Stage completion: April 2017) and made accessible on the webpage of the National Library of Israel.1500-1700Metadata, Documents, Archives, ManuscriptsGlobalHistoryDigitized primary sources, Scholarly CollaborationEnglish, Hebrew, YiddishThe Pinkassim Projectpinkassim@dubnow.deSabrina WalterIn progressOpen Access
12/2/2016 14:15:26Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project (BSRP) Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project (BSRP) Collection contains records related to the activities and functions of BSRP, a charity established in 1984 in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Since its establishment, BSRP has spearheaded a number of projects as follows: a) It has restored the historic synagogue building (1984-1987), b) it has cleaned and performed conservation work on the historic cemetery (1999-2003), c) it has established the Nidhe Israel Museum school (2004-2008), and d) it has unearthed and restored the Jewish ritual bath, or 'mikveh' (2009). In late 2015, BSRP was reincorporated as Synagogue 1654 Management Inc. In December 2015, Synagogue 1654 Management Inc. started a new phase of works, the Synagogue Block Redevelopment project.
The four sub-collections reflect BSRP’s activities in this respect. The records in this collection cover the period from mid-1980s to today. The collection consists of administrative and financial papers, correspondence, reports, architectural drawings, newspaper clippings, and rich photographic material.
The processing of the collection (digitization, arrangement, and description) is still an ongoing project, thus material will be incrementally added as they become available. If you would like to enrich this collection, by contributing pertinent records or information on any aspect, please contact us.
1987-2016Documents, Archives, Photographs, InscriptionsCarribeanHistory, Architecture, SynagoguesDigitized primary sourcesEnglishAmalia Levi(unknown)Michelle ChesnerIn progressUnknown
2/17/2017 8:27:36Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoC) for Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoC) is a collaborative and cooperative digital library designed to preserve and provide wide access to Jewish heritage materials from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Modelled on the Digital Library of the Caribbean, JDoC provides a host site and portal for digitized versions of hidden and/or endangered Jewish cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.
JDoC also preserves digital copies of materials held in the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica. Thanks to the breadth and depth of its collections, the Price Library is considered the foremost Jewish studies research collection in the southeastern United States, and its rare, late 19th to early 20th century imprints place it among the leading academic research libraries in the world.
Building JDoC
The Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoc) is being built with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanitiies (NEH) Challenge Grant awarded to the George A. Smathers Libraries in 2014. This $2 million endowment will fund digitization projects focused on the Jewish experience in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean.
We are seeking patnerships with libraries, archives and other institutions that would like to provide greater access to their Jewish materials through JDoC. Please contact for further details.
1900-presentText, Metadata, Documents, Digitized Printed books, Archives, Manuscripts, Manuscript transcriptions, Photographs, Serials/Periodicals/Newspapers/Broadsides, Audio Recordings, Oral history, Moving images, Inscriptions, Ephemera, Posters, Postcards, Lantern slides, Portraits, Gravestone (photos), Gravestone (text)Florida, Latin America, and the CaribbeanHistory, Literature, Holocaust, Immigration, Fine ArtsDigitized primary sources, OCR, Database, Scholarly Collaboration, Virtual ExhibitionsEnglish, Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Russian, Spanish, DutchUniversity of FloridaDr. Rebecca Jefferson, rjefferson@ufl.eduDr. Laurie Taylor, Laurien@ufl.eduReleased and ongoingOpen Access, Open Content, Fair use, Public Domain
7/26/2017 9:25:47Manuscripta Mediaevalia is a broader project to share metadata (and images, where available) for Oriental manuscripts. The larger project has data for over 90,000 manuscripts. Data for Hebrew manuscripts at the University of Leipzig can be found by navigating on the left side to "Bibliotheksorte" -> "Leipzig" -> "Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig" -> "B. H."1000-1500Metadata, ManuscriptsGlobalHistory, Literature, Bible, Rabbinic LiteratureOpen DataGermanDie deutschen ChesnerIn progressOpen ContentThis was sent to me by Friederike Schmidt.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archive archives contains the organizational records of JDC, which is the overseas rescue, relief and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community. Included in the database are records of activity in over 90 countries dating from 1914 to the present, over 500,000 names found in documents; 2.4 million digitized pages from the JDC text collections spanning 1914-1974; and over 63,000 digitized photographs. The records include collections from the New York, Geneva, Stockholm, Istanbul, Warsaw, and Jerusalem offices of the JDC. The JDC Archives website also includes finding aids, photo galleries and exhibits, and collection highlights.1914-Present (bulk 1914-1974)Text documents
United States
Digitized primary sourcesAmerican Jewish Joint Distribution CommitteeFrom original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
The Aramaic Language of the Zohar to be a monumental resource on Aramaic & Zohar. Digitized manuscript of Zohar claimed to have been owned by Shabbatai Tzvi. Glossary of Targum Onkelos & Jastrow Dictionary. Also includes introductory information on Aramiac & Zohar.
Caveat emptor: the translations may not be the most accurate, but the general content is very useful.
GlobalZohar, Aramaic Glossary, ManuscriptsDigitized primary sources
Website in Eng.-Hebrew & Aramaic textsJudy Barrett and Justin Jaron LewisHindishe LeeIn processcopyright 2014 by Judy Barrett
Centropa"Jewish Witness to a European Century." The database includes digitized photos and documents, and interviews with elderly Jews. It preserves and disseminates the Jewish memory of Europe.

This resource uses technology to preserve Jewish memory in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans and the Baltics, and includes some Holocaust-related material
Since 2000, Centropa has interviewed more than 1,250 elderly Jews still living in the 15 countries between the Baltic and the Aegean (from Estonia and Russia to Greece and Turkey). The interviews are audio taped, transcribed, translated and entered into the searchable online database (note: most interviews are in English, and there is a separate search function for interviews in German and Hungarian)
2000-2010 (content relates to entire 20th century)Photographs
Text documents
Oral history
Eastern Europe
HolocaustDigitized primary sourcesFrom original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
Digibaeck Digibaeck's mission is to make the entire Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) archive available on the Internet. That means that 4,000 linear feet of archival collections (10,000 individual collections; 2,500 unpublished papers; 40,000 photos) will eventually be accessible online through DigiBaeck. Nearly 75 percent of LBI's archive has already been digitized. The resource is an online gateway to growing treasury of artifacts that document the rich heritage of German-speaking Jewry in the modern era. 17th century-presentArchives
Printed books
Audio Recordings
GermanyEarly modern
Digitized primary sourcesLeo Baeck Institute (CJH)From original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
Einstein Archives Online Archives Online contains highlights of the manuscripts housed at the Albert Einstein Archives. It allows users to tour some of the major aspects of Albert Einstein's life and work as presented through a selection of his personal papers. Note: The entire collection is NOT digitized.

The website presents itself in several different formats. The default is a carousel of digitized versions of some of the most famous Einstein documents, but the meat of the archive can be found under the "Archival Database" link, which provides an interface for searching the contents of the archive. Also included is the finding aid for the entire collection of over 80,000 documents in Hebrew University's Einstein Archives
Digitized tets
Einstein, Albert
Digitized primary sources
Finding Aid
Hebrew UniversityFrom original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
Jews in America: Portal to American Jewish Historyhttp://www.jewsinamerica.orgJews in America: Portal to American Jewish History offers online access to archival and digital collections on American Jewish History. The site provides access to material held by American Jewish Historical Society, JHS of Greater Washington, Temple University, and the University of DenverPhotographs
Moving images
Glass transparencies
Lantern slides
United StatesAmericanDigitized primary sources
Consolidated resources
CJH (AJHS managing?)From original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive Online (VHA Online) Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive Online (VHA Online) enables researchers to search cataloguing and indexing data of nearly 52,000 videotaped interviews conducted with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust in 56 countries and 32 languages. The testimonies are unedited, primary sources of information, and each one consists of a single survivor or other witness speaking about his or her life before, during, and after the war, guided by questions from a trained interviewer. The testimonies are from witnesses that belong to the primary experience groups: Jewish survivors; rescuers and aid providers; Sinti and Roma survivors; liberators and liberation witnesses; political prisoners; Jehovah's Witness survivors; war crimes trials participants; survivors of eugenics policies; homosexual survivors. The interviews average 2.5 hours in length.

The online archive requires user registration
Oral HistoriesGlobalHolocaustDigitized primary sourcesUSC Shoah Foundation InstituteFrom original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
Yad Vashem Digital Collections Vashem Digital Collections are arranged in keeping with Yad Vashem's mission "to collect, examine and publish testimony of the disaster and the heroism it called forth." To date, all audio and video testimonies at Yad Vashem, every Page of Testimony, the entire Photo Archive and half the microfilms have been digitized. (In the coming years, more paper documents from the Archives will become available.) The digital collections include the Shoah Names Database and Photo Archive, and resources like the Shoah-related lists and online film databases. The Yad Vashem Archives house the largest collection of Holocaust documents in the world: over 138,000,000 pages of documentation, with the collections including over 100,000 survivor testimonies; over 400,000 photographs; and approximately 2.6 million names registered on Pages of Testimony, which are preserved in the Hall of NamesOral Histories
GlobalHolocaustDigitized primary sources
Bibliographies and secondary sources
Yad VashemFrom original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe is an online encyclopedia that offers a picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present. It provides accurate, reliable, scholarly information about East European Jewish life. Topics to explore include arts; daily life; places; language and literature; history and politics; and religionEncyclopedia articles
Eastern EuropeEarly modern
Bibliographies and secondary sources
Digitized primary sources
YIVOFrom original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
Google Art Project - Leo Baeck Institute collections Art Project - Leo Baeck Institute collections are part of a virtual community of museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 countries that have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas to sculpture and furniture.

Over 600 works of art on paper that reside in the Leo Baeck Institute collections can be found on the Google Art Project
Fine Arts
Digitized primary sourcesLeo BaeckFrom original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
The Kennicott Bible Kennicott Bible is one of the most lavish mediaeval Spanish manuscripts in existence. This completely vocalized Bible with massoretic notes, hand-written in a clear Sephardi script of the Middle Ages, was lavishly illuminated and bound into a Morocco goatskin box binding, blind-embossed on all six sides. It has an inscription identifying the artist, rare in Hebrew manuscripts.

This treasure of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is named after Benjamin Kennicott, the English Hebraist (1718-1783) who continued the English tradition of studying the Hebrew bible. A canon of Christ Church, Oxford, Kennicott spent his life comparing textual variants of hundreds of Hebrew manuscripts worldwide. His findings were published in his Dissertatio Generalis. The history of the manuscript between the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and the eighteenth century remains a mystery.
Manuscript IlluminationDigitized primary sourcesBodleian LibraryFrom original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
Braginsky Collection Braginsky Collection of the Swiss collector René Braginsky is generally considered to be the largest private collection of Hebrew manuscripts in the world. It includes a selection of early printed books, codices, and illuminated marriage contracts. The oldest manuscript in the collection is the 1288 legal code of rabbinic scholar Moses of Coucy. 1288-Manuscripts
Printed books
Esther scrolls
Manuscript Illumination
Digitized primary sourcesBraginsky CollectionFrom original Jewish Commons siteCompleted
Friedberg Genizah Project Friedberg Genizah Project was one of the very first digital projects dealing with Jewish manuscripts. In its current version, the site allows users to work with digitized images from nearly all collections around the world with Geniza holdings. The site allows users to "piece together" various fragments, in scattered collections, for research use. "One of the main tasks [the FGP] has set for itself is to computerize the entire corpus of Genizah manuscripts and Genizah-related materials: images, identifications, catalogs, metadata, transcriptions, translations and bibliographical references." There is an option to become a "super user" and submit information about the manuscripts to the individual records. Requires a (free) log-in and password for use.9th-19th centuriesManuscriptsCairo
Middle East
Cairo Geniza
Digitized primary sources
Friedberg Genizah ProjectDirector: Prof. Yaacov Choueka
Michelle ChesnerCompleted (updated periodically)
Mapping Jewish LA Mapping Jewish Los Angeles site is part of a five-year initiative to "create a multimedia, digital archive of Jewish LA." The goal of the project is ultimately to allow users to discover various areas in the city from various time periods to get a comprehensive perspective on the history of Jewish LA20th centuryMaps
Oral Histories
Los Angeles
United States
Los Angeles
Movie Industry
Persian Jews
Digitized primary sources
EnglishULCA Center for Jewish Studies (also UCLA Library and Special Collections, USC, and "more than a dozen community archives."Todd Presner, Director, Center for Jewish StudiesMichelle ChesnerCompleted (updated periodically)Uses "HyperCities" platform
1/11/17: No longer active? Maps seem to be gone
Caminos de Sefarad/Routes of Sefarad partnership with Google, the Network of Jewish Quarters in Spain has put together an interactive website/exhibition detailing spaces, places, and objects that document Jewish life in Spain from c.914 through the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. Included is an interactive timeline, an interactive map (with Google Maps and Street View enabled), and images from various manuscripts, archives, and objects to further highlight various events. There is also an option to filter from a set of pre-selected topics.10th-15th centuriesManuscripts
Network of Jewish Quarters in Spain
Michelle ChesnerCompleted
Digital Mishna Projecthttp://www.digitalmishnah.orgThe Digital Mishna Project, supported by MITH (UMD), is an ambitious project to create a digital critical text of the Mishna, using the most important manuscripts, transcribed into HTML. The ultimate goal is to include multifaceted search and other options. At this point, the demo "provides fully marked up transcriptions of twenty-two witnesses to a sample chapter, Bava Metsia ch 2, and illustrates basic functionalities. In a number of cases, the witnesses available for browse expand beyond the sample chapter to include all of Bava Qamma, Bava Metsi'a, and Bava Batra."Transcribed manuscriptsGlobalMishna manuscripts Analysis
Text Mapping
English interface
Hayim Lapin, UMD"Colleagues and students who want to contribute transcriptions or other support are invited to do so by contacting Hayim Lapin,"Michelle ChesnerCC-BYUpdated through 2014. Recieved an NEH grant in 2015; needs updated website information
Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project"The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project makes available more than one hundred years of Jewish newspapers published in Pittsburgh. Digitized page images capture daily life in Pittsburgh from the 1890s to the present, with particular focus on Jewish communities. Life-cycle events, synagogue and organizational activities, arts, entertainment, and sports events are presented in detail. The collection offers extensive coverage of local, national, and international news, often from a perspective largely missing from the mainstream press.

The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project is composed of the Jewish Criterion (1895-1962), the American Jewish Outlook (1934-1962), the Jewish Chronicle (1962-present), and the Y-JCC series (1926-1975)."
United States
Jewish Communities
Digitized primary sources
OCR Search
EnglishCarnegie Mellon UniversityMichelle ChesnerCompleted
Compact Memory Memory was one of the first project to digitize Jewish periodicals from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its current list includes over 100 periodicals (including many of the most important journals of the 19th century) printed from 1806-1938. The site includes a "search" function as well.1806-1938Newspapers
Jewish Communities
Digitized primary sources
OCR Search
GermanMichelle ChesnerCompleted
European Holocaust Research Infrastructure EHRI project is an ambitious project, funded by the European Union, to open "up a portal that will give online access to dispersed sources relating to the Holocaust, and by encouraging collaborative research through the development of tools." It is expected to be completed by 2015, and involves 20 institutions from 13 countries (including Yad Vashem). In addition to the portal, EHRI plans to create a Virtual Research Environment in which scholars from all disciplines from around the world can come to one place for their research.1939-1945Archives
The Netherlands
Czech Republic
United Kingdom
HolocaustPortal to primary sources
Virtual research environment
Scholarly collaboration
EnglishNIOD-KNAW. Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Netherlands)Michelle ChesnerIn progress (scheduled to be completed by 2015)
JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) is a database of more than two million names and other identifying information from cemeteries and burial records worldwide, from the earliest records to the present. As of December 2013, JOWBR contains more than two million burial records from 4,200 cemeteries in 83 countriesPhotographs of gravestones
Text from gravestones
Digitized primary sources
Names database
JewishGen.orgMichelle Chesner
Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project CAL is a text base of the Aramaic texts in all dialects from the earliest (9th Century BCE) through the 13th Century CE, currently with a database of approximately 2.5 million lexically parsed words, and an associated set of electronic tools for analyzing and manipulating the data, whose ultimate goal is the creation of a complete lexicon of the language. IT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, not a completed dictionary. Accordingly, any citations for scholarly purposes should include the date when the data was found.9th-13th centuriesText Middle East
Global Jewish
Linguistic databaseHebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of ReligionMichelle ChesnerIn progress, but currently available (still being worked on?)
Historical Jewish Press Project project, originally begun at Tel Aviv Univeristy, and now under the auspices of the National Library of Israel, has digitized and OCRed nearly 50 Jewish newspapers to date. New papers are constantly being added to the site1843-1987NewspapersGlobal
North Africa
United States
Digitized primary sources
OCR Search
Tel Aviv University
National Library of Israel
Yaron Tsur (TAU)Michelle ChesnerCompleted (but more newspapers being added)
Rabat Genizah Project Rabat Genizah collection includes approximately two thousand discrete items. The value of the collection resides partly in the uniqueness of specific documents, such as poetic and homiletic manuscripts, legal rulings, community registers, and public bulletins. A second distinguishing feature of the collection is the wide scope of Judaic and Rabbinic texts, written primarily in Judeo-Arabic and Hebrew, produced and published within Morocco during the twentieth century. More broadly, the collection documents the global scope of textual culture in modern Jewish Morocco, with representative publications from throughout North Africa (e.g. Oran, Tunis), the Middle East (e.g. Jerusalem, Netivot), Europe (e.g. Vilna, Livorno, Warsaw, Paris), and North America (e.g. New York, Montreal)1763-2004Printed books
North Africa
North Africa
Digitized primary sources
Oren Kosansky (Lewis and Clark College)Michelle ChesnerIn progress (but much material is currently available already).Public Domain, Fair Use, and CC-BY-NC-SA (when applicable)
Jewish Digital Narratives Jewish Digital Narratives project is a series of interactive digital exhibits of items in the Magnes Museum. "The Jewish Digital Narratives make a creative (and at times unintended) use of current technologies and social networking tools to organize, showcase and share what the Magnes has collected in almost half a century. How the objects, texts and documents in our collections reached Northern California is in itself a captivating story, which has only been partially told by the founders of the Magnes.

Digital images generated by the Magnes, or collected through programs like the Memory Lab, are first organized in a narrative form, on the basis of a detailed storyboard. The results are presented on the Magnes website in an interactive learning environment created with the innovative software, MemoryMiner. The narratives are also uploaded to popular networks like Flickr, where users can comment, provide feedback, tag images and circulate information. Research and collection information is made available through links to the Magnes Collections Online, our integrated Archive-Library-Museum (ALM) collections database."

Collections include: Far From Where? Jews and China in Modern Times; Jewish Heritage Travel, circa 1911. Images from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Papers at The Magnes; Jews of the Gold Rush: Sonora Hebrew Cemetery; On Hitler's Balcony: Koppel Pinson and the Rescue of Jewish Books in Post-War Germany; and many more
GlobalExhibitionsAggregated projects
Digitized primary sources
EnglishMagnes MuseumFrancesco Spagnolo, DirectorMichelle ChesnerCompleted (but more being added as new projects are completed)Public Domain, CC-BY-NC-SA (where applicable)
Ben-Yehuda Project Ben-Yehuda Project (begun 1999) is a project to create electronic editions of the classics of Hebrew literature (out of copyright or with permission), from the medieval period to the present day and to make them freely available on the Internet.LiteratureIsrael
LiteratureDigital EditionsHebrewAsaf Bartov at editor@benyehuda.orgMichelle Chenser (referred by Sinai Rusenik)Completed (and constantly updated)Public Domain
epigraphical database – The Database of Jewish epigraphy provides the inventory, documentation, editions and presentation of headstones on historic Jewish cemeteries. (epidat begun 2002 currently 170 historical cemeteries are included with more than 31.000 headstones and 61.000 photographs.1040-presenttext (inscriptions - commentaries, description), photographs, mapsGermany, The NetherlandsCemeteries, headstones, names, literature (epitaphs)
Digitized primary sources;
Names Database;
Hebrew German (as well as German in Hebrew letters), DutchThomas Kollatz at kol@steinheim-institut.orgThomas KollatzCompleted (and constantly updated)CC-BY
Judaica Europeanahttp://www.judaica-europeana.euJudaica Europeana provides integrated access to digital collections of Jewish heritage by linking them to (a huge platform for Europe’s libraries, archives and museums) in order to make this content easily discoverable and enriched by the latest technology. To-date the project has made available on the Europeana portal the collections of partner institutions totalling 3.7 million items: book pages including incunabula, manuscripts, archival material, newspapers and periodicals, photographs, postcards, music recordings.Printed books
Archival material
Music Recordings
Portal to primary sources
Digitized primary sources
Virtual Exhibitions
EnglishJudaica Europeana in partnership with many, many institutionsLena Stanley-ClampCompleted (and constantly updated)
Sefaria goal of the crowdsourced Sefaria Project is to make a "free living library" of all texts in the classical Jewish canon in their original languages (mostly Hebrew or Aramaic), with translations to English. The project aims to include "Torah [i.e. the Hebrew Bible] in its broadest sense," including commentaries up to the modern era. One major aspect of this project is its "interconnectedness." One can easily click from a Biblical verse to a commentary citing the Talmud, and from the commentary to the Talmudic text in a matter of seconds. A user is thus enabled to view all of the sources in their contexts with just a few clicks. Nearly 800 people have logged into the site to add or edit the texts, which hopefully serves to increase levels of accuracy. Users can also create "source sheets," showing all the citations for a particular lecture or study session, and almost 3500 source sheets have been created thus far.TextGlobalBible
Jewish Texts
Digital EditionsHebrew
co-founders Brett Lockspeiser and Joshua FoerMichelle ChesnerIn progress (but much material is currently available already).CC-BY and CC0
Sephardic Studies Digital Library & Museum Sephardic Studies Digital Library and Museum has collected from members of the local Seattle Sephardic community more than 500 original Ladino books and thousands of documents composed in Ladino as well as other relevant languages, such as Ottoman Turkish, Hebrew and French. Dating between the 16th and mid-20th centuries, the books already comprise one of the largest Ladino libraries in the United States, with more volumes than the Library of Congress or Harvard University. 90 of these volumes in collaboration with the UW Libraries Digital Initiative Programs. The first samples of the digital artifacts are available through the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections. The digital museum and archive will open this fall.16th century to mid 20th centuryManuscripts, Archives, Text Documents, Books, Family Letters, Newspapers, Magazines, Songbooks, Almanacs, Photographs, PostcardsGlobalDigitized primary sourcesLadino, Ottoman Turkish, Hebrew, French, Judeo-Arabic, EnglishSephardic Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington Devin Naar at denaar@uw.eduMarci BayerIn progress, some material available now but expected to be completed by teh fall AND
Hebrew Bible in the Perseus Digital Library
Hungarian Synagogues from The site provides historical and architectural information, pictures, old postcards, maps and other material on several dozens of synagogues around Hungary (and across its borders into neighboring countries). It also provides links to web sites, if the synagogue in question has a web site.
The site can be searched, and the database can be browsed by date of construction, photo, or name of the town or country (but so far, not all synagogues in Hungary have been loaded into the database).
Digital imagesHungarian, EnglishHungarian Virtual Jewish Museum Associationnetvjma@gmail.comMichelle ChesnerIn progressFull description here:
Open Siddur Project http://app.opensiddur.orgThe open source project is working to build a web-to-print application for publishing works of Jewish liturgy. The project records the semantic data of Jewish liturgy in an XML database utilizing the XML schema of the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative). The project is concerned with preserving contemporary ephemeral works under copyright with Open Content licenses, as well as imaging and transcribing historical works in the Public Domain in every language Jews pray or have ever prayed.3000BCE-presentmanuscripts, inscriptions, printed material, ephemeral works in print and digital media, digital text, graphics (SVG), audio recordingsGlobalJewish liturgy and liturgy-related work including translations, commentaries, instructions for ritual and praxis, source materials, and theurgical (magical) worksdigitized transcriptions of text with accompanying source imagesAll languages in which Jewish liturgy and related work are witnessed (Judaeo-Persian, Marathi, English, Hebrew, Arabic, Ladino, Yiddish, German, French, Polish, Romanian, etc.)Aharon Varady, Efraim Feinstein, and the Center for Jewish Culture & Creativity
aharon@opensiddur.orgAharon VaradyAs of, December 2014, the Open Siddur text server is beta-ready. A limited number of texts have been fully encoded. Work continues apace on the Open Siddur interface application (currently at v.0.1). Details at <;
The site, <>, is a placeholder for the web application being developed and highlights recent contributions by project participants.
Copyright to the Contributors of the Open Siddur Project and shared with one of the following free-culture compatible Open Content licenses: CC-BY-SA, CC-BY, CC0Wikipedia article here:
Footprints project aims to "map the Hebrew book through time and place." Using provenance data gathered from books in hand, auction catalogs, correspondence, and other sources, entered via trusted crowdsourcing, the database will ultimately allow a researcher to track intellectual movement via the movement of Jewish printed books throughout the early modern (and modern) era.1450-presentMetadata from manuscripts, printed books, etc.GlobalHistory of the book, Intellectual history"Big data"
EnglishAdam Shear
Marjorie Lehman
Joshua Teplitsky
Michelle Chesner
(Tech:) Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and learning
footprints@columbia.eduMichelle ChesnerIn progress

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