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Welcome to Judaica Europeana: a network of museums, libraries and archives

Listen to Hishki hizki by Abraham Carceres, Portuguese Synagogue, Amsterdam, 18th century repertory. Ensemble Texto, album Musiques juives baroques.

Europeana Publishing Framework

Europeana is evolving. This vimeo shows the benefits partner institutions can get out of their collaboration with Europeana. Read more

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

and 30 other partners
Alliance Israélite Universelle, Paris
Ben Uri Gallery – The London Jewish Museum of Art
Center for Jewish History, New York
Center of Judeo-Moroccan Culture, Brussels
Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, Budapest
Institut français des musiques juives, Paris
JDC Archives, New York
Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
Jewish Museum in Prague
Jewish Museum London

Europeana Collections

painting by Richard Gerstl

Schönberg family by Richard Gerstl, 1907, from MUMOK – the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, is a portrait of the composer Arnold Schönberg, his wife Mathilde and their children. Public Domain.

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.

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.

Judaica Europeana is a network of archives, libraries and museums working together to integrate access to the most important collections of European Jewish heritage and make them discoverable to more people.

Inspired by the vision of EUROPEANA―the digital platform and interface for Europe’s archives, libraries and museums, we link the data in the collections of our partners to this central repository of digital heritage which currently holds 45 million records. To date, Judaica Europeana has integrated collections from 22 institutions in Europe, Israel and the US including:

  • books, early prints and manuscripts
  • archival documents
  • newspapers and periodicals
  • photographs and postcards
  • music recordings

This exceptional digital resource continues to grow. Full story

The Judaica Europeana network has been involved in the Digital Manuscripts to Europe (DM2E) project and in AthenaPlus, a best practice network, which has developed tools for digital exhibitions and tourism.

Latest Newsletter highlights

Newsletter 8 2016
Main square, Venetian Ghetto
by Didier Descouens, CC BY-SA 3.0

In this newsletter we pay a visit to the Venice Ghetto and explore its historic records. Collections from the Venice State Archives and other partners bring history to life and help us understand the hold of this unique place on artistic imaginations. Now online.

Newsletter 7 2015
Refugees © estate of Josef Herman,
Ben Uri Collection

Priceless resources for historians¸ curators and family history researchers. Photographs of Jewish urban life in Eastern Europe from YIVO; communities’ archives from the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and from the Leo Baeck Institute, a collection documenting Jewish Life in Morocco, World War I era photographs and documents from the JDC Archives. We also feature tools for interactive mapping, exhibitions and a terminology platform. 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.