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The Judaica Europeana project provides integrated access to digital collections which document Jewish life in Europe via Europeana, Europe’s digital platform for cultural heritage. To date the project has made available online 3.7 million items from the collections of libraries, archives and museums including:

  • books and incunabula
  • manuscripts
  • archival materials
  • newspapers and periodicals
  • photographs
  • postcards
  • music recordings and videos
Judaica Europeana collections
Images from Judaica Europeana digitized collections.

This digital content can be found on our search page which provides a thesaurus of English and Hebrew terms or directly on the Europeana search page. A powerpoint presentation of the project with illustrations of the partners’ collections uploaded to date can be viewed at Judaica Europeana project presentation.

Judaica Europeana’s achievements
The first stage of the project concluded with a successful review by the European Commission and an international conference at the ICCU/National Library in Rome in February 2012. Alongside the mass digitization of very diverse Jewish collections and their integration in Europeana, the project created an extensive network of heritage institutions. It provided a unique opportunity for the partners to access wider European networks, build strong relations with stakeholders and reach out to new audiences. The partners benefitted greatly by developing new expertise and modernizing their systems.

Esslingen Mahzor
Esslingen Mahzor, 1290,
Biblioteca Rosenthaliana, Amsterdam

In the coming year, Judaica Europeana will make available under the digital roof of Europeana the invaluable collections from the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana (Amsterdam), the Center for Jewish History, the American Joint Distribution Committee (New York and Jerusalem), the Oxford Centre for Jewish Studies and other institutions.
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The Judaica Europeana network is growing. It numbers at present 30 institutions: libraries, archives and museums in Europe, Israel and the US including:

European Association for Jewish Culture, London; Judaica Sammlung der Universitätsbibliothek der Goethe Universität, Frankfurt/Main; Alliance Israélite Universelle, Paris Amitié, Centre for Research and Innovation, Bologna; Ben Uri Gallery – The London Jewish Museum of Art; Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, Amsterdam; British Library, London; Center for Jewish History, New York; Central Zionist Archives, Jerusalem; Centre français des musiques juives, Paris/Institut Européen des Musiques Juives; 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 London; Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens; Leopold Zunz Zentrum, Halle-Wittenberg; Makash, Jerusalem; Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid; National Library of Israel, Jerusalem; 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

The team
Judaica Europeana is led by the European Association for Jewish Culture working closely with the Frankfurt University Library and the National Library of Israel.

The core team at the EAJC includes Lena Stanley-Clamp, the Judaica Europeana Coordinator, Dov Winer, the Scientific Manager and the web manager Catriona Sinclair. Esther Guggenheim has been seconded by the National Library of Israel to serve as Judaica Europeana Technical Coordinator. Dr Rachel Heuberger of the Frankfurt University Library is the network’s Chair and Pier Giacomo Sola of Amitié, Bologna serves as the Deputy Chair. The project benefits greatly from the expertise of all the Judaica Europeana partners and the professional networks of Europeana.

Future growth
Plans for the future were developed at partners’ meetings and a consortium of partners was set-up to ensure the further growth of Judaica Europeana, which will serve as a conduit for the opportunities created by Europeana, the Semantic Web and the Open Linked Data environment.

Europeana's semantic layer

Europeana's Semantic Layer
Europeana’s technical architecture,
presentation by Ido Ivri, NLI, June 2012
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Editor: Lena Stanley-Clamp, European Association for Jewish Culture, London
with contributions from Center for Jewish History, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research,
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