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Judaica Europeana Jewish collections online
Number 4, 2012/13
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Esslingen Mahzor,
1290 [detail],
Biblioteca Rosenthaliana,
Judaica Europeana
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

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Introducing new members and their collections
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The Center for Jewish History,
New York.
The Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History is one of the foremost Jewish research and cultural institutions in the world. It is home to five partner organizations—American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Their collections total more than 500,000 volumes and 100 million documents and include artwork, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films and photographs.

More about The Center for Jewish History

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Gymnastic competition of the Jewish Sport Organization in Poland, 1917 [detail], YIVO.
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded in 1925 in Vilna by European intellectuals, including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, to record the history and pioneer in the critical study of the culture of the Jews of Eastern Europe. YIVO's founders were tireless in collecting the documents and records of Jewish communities, years before anyone could have predicted the devastation that would befall them. In 1940, YIVO moved its headquarters to New York City.

More about the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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A Jewish Girl by Martin Bloch, 1925 [detail], Leo Baeck Institute Art Collection.
The Leo Baeck Institute

The Leo Baeck Institute is a research library and archive that contains the most significant collection of material relating to the history of German-speaking Jewry, from its origins to its tragic destruction by the Nazis and continuing to the present day. Founded in 1955, the Institute was named after the last leader of the Jewish community in Germany under the Nazis. Rabbi Leo Baeck survived the concentration camp of Theresienstadt to become the first president of the Institute. The LBI was set up in New York, London and Jerusalem, with New York the site of its library and archives.

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The Copenhagen Maimonides, Barcelona 1347-48 [detail],
Royal Library of Denmark.

The Royal Library: National Library of Denmark and Copenhagen University Library

The Royal Library holds valuable collections of Judaica and Hebraica. Manuscripts and printed works have been acquired for the royal collections since the Renaissance. In the 17th and 18th centuries the collections were expanded by acquisitions in Denmark and abroad. In the 19th century, the growing discipline of Jewish studies and the emergence of Biblical criticism led to further expansion. A pivotal moment came in 1932, with the acquisition of David Simonsen’s library and archives.

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New project
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Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E)

The European Association for Jewish Culture and the National Library of Israel are partners in the European Commission-funded project Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana. Other Judaica Europeana network members are also involved in this project, which is led by the Humboldt University, Berlin and includes the National Library of Austria, the Max Planck Institute and a number of universities and software developers.

More about DM2E

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International Conference ‘Curating and Cultivating Exchange’ at the National Library of Israel.
Conferences, seminars and other news

Judaica Europeana holds partners’ meetings, workshops, conferences and other events. The partners participate in conferences on Jewish studies, workshops on the latest developments in knowledge management and web technology, as well as Europeana working groups.

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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,
Leo Baeck College, The Royal Library of Denmark | Contact us
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