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Welcome to Judaica Europeana and the Jewish heritage in Europe

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Judaica Europeana reaches out to researchers and students, heritage professionals and the general public – anyone interested in European history or Jewish culture.

Listen to Hishki hizki by Abraham Carceres from the repertory of the Portuguese Synagogue, Amsterdam, first half of the 18th century. Sung by Ensemble Texto, on the Album “Musiques juives baroques”, volume 10 of the collection “Musical Heritage of the Jews of France”.

MOVIO is a set of user-friendly tools developed by the AthenaPlus project for creating digital exhibitions online.

The Judaica Europeana network

The project is led by
European Association for Jewish Culture, London

in association with
Judaica Sammlung der Universitätsbibliothek
der Goethe Universität, Frankfurt/Main

National Library of Israel, Jerusalem

Alliance Israélite Universelle, Paris
Amitié, Centre for Research and Innovation, Bologna
Ben Uri Gallery – The London Jewish Museum of Art
Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, Amsterdam
Brandeis University Library
British Library, London
Center for Jewish History, New York
Center of Judeo-Moroccan Culture, Brussels
Central Zionist Archives, Jerusalem
Centre français des musiques juives, Paris
Hungarian Jewish Archives, Budapest
Institute for Jewish Policy Research, London
JDC Archives, New York
Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum, Frankfurt/Main
Jewish Museum in Prague
Jewish Museum London
Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens
Jewish Theological Seminary Library, New York
Leo Baeck Institute, New York
Leopold Zunz Zentrum, Halle-Wittenberg
Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid
Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Rome
Paris Yiddish Centre – Medem Library
Royal Library: The National Library of Denmark
and Copenhagen University Library

Salomon Ludwig Steinheim Institut, Essen
Sephardi Museum, Toledo
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York

* Other qualifying Partners will be welcome to join

Virtual exhibitions continued

Rothschild Library
courtesy of University Library, Frankfurt am Main

125 Years of the Rothschild Collection in Frankfurt The Rothschild Library was opened in Frankfurt on Main 125 years ago. Founded by Hannah Louise von Rothschild (1850-1892) in memory of her father Mayer Carl von Rothschild, it was created on the English model of the free public library and offered free access to academic literature and modern fiction for all. More about the Rothschild collection and virtual exhibition.

Star of David and the Tricolore
courtesy of MiBAC/ICCU

The Star of David and the Tricolore: a crowd-sourcing initiative Stella di David e Tricolore was developed by MiBAC/ICCU by inviting users to provide archival material, publications, stories, videos and photographs relating to the history of the Jews in Italy in the 150 years since Italian unification.

Crete 1900, Jewish Museum of Greece
© Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens

Images of Greek Jews is a virtual exhibition from the Jewish Museum of Greece in Athens. It is a small selection of 20th century photographs from the Museum’s extensive photographic archive currently being digitized in the framework of the Judaica Europeana project. Family portraits, school children, scouts and others groups from Athens, Chania, Corfu, Ioannina, Thessaloniki and Volos before and after World War I and II, capture Greek Jews at formal occasions, school trips or simply at leisure. They convey a sense of a flourishing and well integrated community.

AIU Exhibition
© Alliance Israélite Universelle

150 Years of Achievement in Education A virtual exhibition from a Judaica Europeana partner in Paris celebrates 150 years since the establishment of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, an educational institution which created a vast network of schools in Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Ottoman Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and other countries. Hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from a broad-minded education provided in the French language and informed by the Jewish tradition. The Alliance helped enrich culturally the lives of generations of men and women while providing them with social and economic opportunities in wider society. Today, the Alliance does its work mainly in France, the United States, Morocco and Israel. It takes an active role in promoting Jewish culture across the world.

Hannukkah postcard 1920s, Hungarian Jewish Archive
© Hungarian Jewish Archive

Jewish postcards: Networking in Europe. This exhibition presents a selection of the Hungarian Jewish Archive historic collection of postcards from East-Central Europe and the main destinations of Jewish migration. The postcards were the first popular media representations of Jews and Jewish life as they were seen.

All About Jewish Theatre
. From Sholem Aleichem and Chagall to the Fiddler on the Roof: A short glossary of historical events, characters, and actors.

Judaica Europeana works with libraries, archives, museums and EUROPEANA to provide integrated access to the world’s most important collections that document the Jewish presence in Europe.

The project links the data and objects in the collections of its partners to EUROPEANA―the digital platform and interface for Europe’s archives, libraries and museums, which currently holds over 42 million records. To date, Judaica Europeana has integrated Jewish heritage collections from 22 institutions in Europe, Israel and the US. They include books, newspapers, documents, photographs, postcards, museum objects, music and oral history. This digital resource continues to grow as new partners provide access to their digital collections. Full story

The Judaica Europeana network has been involved through the European Association for Jewish Culture in the Digital Manuscripts to Europe (DM2E) project which has developed tools and services for re-use of Europeana data in the Digital Humanities. We participate also in AthenaPlus, a best practice network, which has brought more content to Europeana and developed tools for digital exhibitions and tourism.

Newsletter 7

Newsletter 7 2015
Great wedding dress (Keswa el Kbira)¸Rabat 19th C
courtesy of the Center of the Judeo-Moroccan Culture, Brussels

Latest newsletter with collection highlights from the Jewish Historical Institute, the Centre for Judeo-Moroccan Culture, the YIVO and Leo Baeck Institutes, and more. Now online.

Virtual exhibitions

See the page on Judaica Europeana listing virtual exhibitions about Jewish heritage in Europe and digital resources for creating virtual exhibitions.
Below are links to virtual exhibitions based on our partners' collections.

Jewish Frankfurt Tour
© Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt am Main

A Virtual Tour of Jewish Frankfurt This online exhibition was produced by Frankfurt University Library in cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt, associate partner of Judaica Europeana. It will be disseminated jointly with the Tourist Office of the City of Frankfurt.

Frankfurt has been a home to an important Jewish community which contributed greatly to the city’s development. The history of the community is embedded in the city’s architectural heritage. This exhibition takes the visitor to many sites of Jewish life today as well as historic buildings and monuments.

Jewish Britain: 50 objects
© JDC, New York

Everything Possible: JDC and the Children of the DP Camps Following World War II, around 250,000 European Jews who had survived the Holocaust made their way to the displaced persons (DP) camps established by the Allied Armed Forces in Germany, Austria and Italy. Supplementing the relief supplied by the US Army and the UN relief agencies, JDC provided critical services that nourished both body and soul. JDC placed special attention on the needs of the growing population of children in the camps.

Jewish Britain: 50 objects
© Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens

Jewish Neighbourhoods of Greece This photographic exhibition from the Jewish Museum of Greece in Athens depicts mostly pre-war Jewish life in 12 communities around Greece: Athens, Saloniki, Volos, Larissa, Ioannina, Trikala, Verola, Chalikida, Corfu, Rhodes, Xanthi and Zakynthos.

Jewish Britain: 50 objects
© Jewish Museum London

Jewish Britain: A History in 50 Objects showcases highlights from the collections of the Jewish Museum in London. Each object tells a story about the history of the Jewish community in Britain from medieval to modern times. The themes include: working lives and trades, family life and home, growing up, military service, religious life and politics.

Yiddish Theatre Exhibition
© Jewish Museum London

Yiddish Theatre in London is a virtual exhibition hosted on Europeana showing a unique collection of photographs, documents and objects held at the Jewish Museum London. The exhibition explores the rich theatre form brought by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the late 19th century which resulted in the heyday of Yiddish theatres in London in the early 20th century.

DADA Exhibition
© Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam

From Dada to Surrealism: Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Romania, 1910–1938 virtual exhibition hosted on Europeana unveils some of the works on show from 1 June to 2 October 2011 in the Jewish Historical Museum, a Judaica Europeana partner in Amsterdam. The exhibition confirms the importance of Bucharest in European avant-garde art and sheds light on the relationship between Jewish identity and radical modernity.