Judaica Europeana opens access to Jewish heritage
The Judaica Europeana network
The network of Jewish museums, libraries and archives which have joined Judaica Europeana has more than doubled since the launch of this project. Twenty-three institutions in 17 cities have joined forces to provide an integrated online access to Jewish collections under the single digital roof of Europeana. We can confidently predict that the network will continue to expand as the project develops and more Jewish content is digitized.
The Rothschild Palace (built in 1820-21 and bought by the Rothschild family in 1846) houses the Jewish Museum of Frankfurt/Main since the 1980s. © Judaica Sammlung, Universitatsbibliothek, Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt/Main
Seder hagadah shel pesaj: Im pitron belashon sefardi. Livorno, Shelomo Belforte, 1852
© Sephardi Museum, Toledo
Roof of the great prayer room of the Synagogue of Samuel ha-Leví © Sephardi Museum, Toledo
Boerneplatz Synagogue by Max Beckmann, 1919.
The Boerneplatz Synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938 during Kristallnacht, but has been immortalised by Max Beckmann. The painting was acquired in 1972 by the Frankfurt Art Museum, the Städel Museum with funds raised by the citizens of Frankfurt.
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
Among the institutions which have become Associate Partners are the Jewish museums of Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankurt and Toledo as well as London’s Ben Uri Gallery. The National Library of Israel will strengthen Judaica’s technical expertise and provide access to its collections. The Center for Jewish History in New York, which includes outstanding collections on Jewish life in Europe such as those of YIVO and Leo Baeck Institute, will complement the content held in Europe.
The Paris Yiddish Centre-Medem Library which has been associated with the project from an early stage, will provide among other things, a remarkable collection of Yiddish music. The Steinheim Institute in Duisburg has a very large database of Jewish tombstones and important photographic archives. The Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Sefardi Museum in Toledo will provide valuable content from their collections. See a full list of Partners at www.judaica-europeana.eu/partners.html
Cross-domain offerings in your workflow
The strength of Judaica Europeana lies in the diversity and richness of its cross-domain offerings. Users will find at their fingertips ― only a few clicks away ― books, documents and manuscripts along with images, film and sound recordings on almost any subject. Everyone will be able to integrate this material in virtual exhibitions or in learning resources. The APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) developed by Europeana will allow the distribution of these resources directly into the workflow of the users, on PCs and mobile devices.
This vast Jewish content resource will become progressively available online during 2011 and will continue to grow in the coming years.