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Judaica Europeana Jewish collections online
Number 5, 2013
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Emigration of Russian Jews, wood engraving [detail], 1891, Wellcome Library, London.
The Judaica Europeana network

The Judaica Europeana project, now in its fourth year, has led to the creation of an extensive network of heritage institutions in Europe, Israel and the US, which are working together to provide integrated access to digital collections of Jewish heritage.

To-date the project has made available on the Europeana portal the collections of partner libraries, archives and museums totalling 3.7 million items: book pages including incunabula, manuscripts, archival material, newspapers and periodicals, photographs, postcards, music recordings.


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Minute book of the Talmud Torah Society [detail], Riga, Latvia, 1867 – 1959, CAFHJP.
News from the National Library of Israel

The National Library of Israel (NLI) and the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) have recently announced a merger between the two institutions. For over 120 years, the NLI has been collecting, preserving and making accessible one of the world's most significant collections of Hebraica and Judaica. The merger will strengthen both institutions and eventually provide improved access to the overwhelming collections of the CAHJP. The CAHJP was founded over 70 years ago in Jerusalem by a group of historians and public figures, who sought to preserve the historical heritage of the Jewish people. Over the years the CAHJP has collected the archives of thousands of communities, organizations, families and Jewish personalities from 64 countries.

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Night looking upon Sleep her beloved child II by S. Solomon, 1895 [detail], Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art.

AthenaPlus: access to cultural heritage networks

AthenaPlus is a new project, which provides access to cultural heritage networks for Europeana. It is a best practice network co-funded by the European Union's Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, which encourages a better use of information and communication technologies and helps to develop the information society. Forty institutions from 21 EU member countries, including the European Association for Jewish Culture, are partners in this project.

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Seder Haggadah shel Pesach by Joseph ben David of Leipnik, 1738 [detail], Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana.

Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana

Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana is part of the University of Amsterdam Library. One of the largest European collections of its kind, it has developed from a German Enlightenment library into a general library on Jewish history and culture. Today, the library contains approximately 120,000 works in every language Jews have used over the centuries, including 1,000 manuscripts and some 80 archival collections.

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Jewish refugees, Lisbon, 1941 [detail], JDC Archives.

The JDC Archives

The JDC Archives houses the records of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (also known as ‘the Joint’), an American organization that has operated in over 90 countries, bringing aid to individuals and communities in need. These records, dating back to 1914, are an invaluable resource for the study of modern Jewish history that is open to scholars, journalists, authors, curators, genealogists and the general public.

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Editor: Lena Stanley-Clamp, European Association for Jewish Culture, London
with contributions from National Library of Israel, Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, AthenaPlus project, JDC Archives |
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