Jewish Life, History, Culture
The following links are for Jewish museums and cultural centres as well as digital resources on Jewish life. They are organised alphabetically by country, with a section for 'Eastern Europe'.
Sydney Jewish Museum
The museum, opened in 1992, aims to document and teach the history of the Holocaust. The websites features information about visiting the museum, events, tours, past and present exhibitions and its collection. The ‘Learn’ section provides resources for teachers as well as a resource centre.
Jewish Museum Vienna
The Jewish Museum in Vienna, established in 1895, is the world’s oldest Jewish Museum. The website features a visual archive of the exhibitions, its podcast collection, videos, and information about the museum’s events.
Czech Heritage Action Initiative (CHAI)
The CHAI aims to help the Czech Jewish community to restore its heritage and build connections between the communities. They also support restoring and preserving Jewish cemeteries and synagogues in the Czech Republic. On their website, users can read about CHAI’s mission and their current projects.
The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
The encyclopaedia provides a picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe since the first settlement in the region. Topics include art, daily life, places, language, history, politics and religion and feature maps, images, audio, video and documents.
Estonian Jewish Museum
The Estonian Jewish Museum aims to show the life of Estonian Jews from the 19th century onward. The building includes a main exhibition, an archive and a reading room. The website provides information about the museum and its catalogue as well as the digital Estonian Jewry Archive which is organised by themes and can be searched by keyword.
Jewish Museum Frankfurt
The Jewish Museum Frankfurt shows the life of the Jewish communities in Frankfurt from the 12th to the 20th centuries. The other branch of the museum, the Museum Judengasse, is located in a different part of town. The website provides information about the museum and its history, departments, publications, events, exhibitions, and educational programme.
Jewish Museum Berlin
The Jewish Museum Berlin, established in September 2001, is one of the largest Jewish Museums in Europe, displaying two millennia of German-Jewish history. The website features information about the museum, its history and educational programme as well as providing digital content and access to special digital exhibitions.
Centrum Judaicum – Neue Synagoge Berlin
The golden-domed New Synagogue was first inaugurated in 1866, being the largest synagogue of its day. The museum and information centre located within it aims to document and archive the Jewish life in Berlin. The website provides information about the synagogue and its history, its exhibitions, archive, publications and events.
Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University
The institute was established in 1995 to research the lives of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe. On their website, users can learn about the institute’s history, events, courses, and publications. There is detailed information about the research projects and different serials and bulletins.
Compact Memory: Internet Archive of Jewish Periodicals
The resource features 180 of the most important periodicals of the German-Jewish communities between 1768 and 1938. Users can print, save and search the periodicals by language, name of publisher, places and document types.
Synagogue Internet Archive (Darmstadt Technical University)
The Synagogue Internet Archive provides information about more than 2200 German and Austrian synagogues, including images, text, comments and links. The archive is classified in synagogues that existed in 1933, that were built after 1945 and synagogues from the Middle Ages.
The German cities of Mainz, Speyer and Worms constitute the birthplace of Judaism in Europe and have been known as the SchUM Cities since the High Middle Ages. This website links out to resources about the history of the Jewish communities in these three cities and provides tourist information for travellers.
Key Documents of German-Jewish History: A Digital Source Edition
This online source edition published by the Institute for the History of German Jews (IGdJ) highlights key aspects in Hamburg’s Jewish history from the early modern age to the present using a selection of 'key documents'. This resource is targeted at college students, researchers and teachers, as well as the interested public and high school students. Browse the selection of "key documents" through a timeline, specific topic, map, or full-text search.
The Jewish Museum of Greece
The website provides information about the museum, its collection, educational programme and exhibitions. Images of the museum’s wide range of artifacts and a list of external resources can be viewed online.
The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
The museum aims to present the history of Sephardic Jews and Jewish life in Thessaloniki. The website features information about the museum and its history, collections, exhibitions and events. Digital resources such as the library catalogue are also available.
Hungarian Jewish Museum
The website provides information about the museum and its exhibitions and collections. It also grants access to extensive tools for researchers, databases and digital content.
Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History (Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea)
The open access online journal publishes a collection of articles surrounding the history of Jewish communities between the mid-18th and the beginning of the 21st century. Submissions are free and subject to a double-blind peer review process.
Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center (CDEC)
The CDEC’s collections explore the history of Jews in Italy and include books, periodicals, videos and databases. Users can find the centre’s web resources on the left hand side, where links to the digital library and catalogues are provided.
The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum
The Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum aims to collect and exhibit the spiritual heritage of Lithuanian Jews. The website provides information about the museum, its exposition sites and activity. Users can view virtual exhibitions online.
Digital Monument to the Jewish Community in the Netherlands (Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam)
The digital monument aims to preserve the memory of persecuted Jews by having a separate page commemorating every victim. Each page shows the circumstances of the person and their family relationships. Addresses were included to allow for virtual walks through towns.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, opened in April 2013, is a cultural and educational centre. The website provides information about the museum, its exhibitions and educational programme. The library catalogue can be searched online.
Auschwitz Jewish Center
The Auschwitz Jewish Center includes a Jewish Museum, an education centre and the Oświęcim Synagogue, the only surviving synagogue in town. The website gives information about the museum and its exhibition as well as the history of both the museum and the synagogue.
Galicia Jewish Museum
The museum was established in 2004 and documents Jewish history and culture of the Polish Galicia in a photo exhibition. The website allows for browsing of previous and current exhibitions as well as the educational resources.
Virtual Shtetl is a project that will in the future include an interactive system for users. Currently, the website contains information about the history of Polish Jews and their circumstances, including a map.
YIVO Digital Archive on Jewish Life in Poland
After being founded in Vilna in 1925, YIVO published over 2,000 research titles related to the study of Polish Jewry, which were ransacked during the war and rediscovered afterwards. On their website, users can browse highlights from their archival collections, including documents, posters, and photographs as well as online exhibitions, galleries and finding aids.
Judaica Foundation – Center for Jewish Culture
Judaica Foundation was established in Cracow in the 1980s with the aim to preserve Jewish heritage and create a platform for Polish-Jewish dialogue. The website provides information about the centre, its activities, programmes, and publications.
Manchester Jewish Museum
The Manchester Jewish Museum is located inside the oldest surviving synagogue in Manchester, a former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue. The website features information about the museum, exhibitions, events and its collections.
Jewish Museum London
The Jewish Museum London aims to engage people in the history and culture of Jews in Britain. On their website, users can explore and search the museum’s collections. Information about the museum, its exhibitions, events and educational programme are also available.
JW3 (London Jewish Cultural Centre)
JW3 is a community centre and arts venue that opened in 2013 and was merged with the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC) in 2015. On their website, users can browse the events that feature arts, cinema, classes & courses, health, fitness, languages, and trips. The podcast ‘Sounds Jewish’ is also available online.
Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) Journal
The website allows users to browse every issue of the Journal of the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) since its first edition in 1946. The search box allows searching for words or entire sentences.
Performing the Jewish Archive
Performing the Jewish Archive is a three year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project led by the University of Leeds that seeks to uncover and engage with works of Jewish artists from archives around the world. Their website includes videos of performances and concerts, listings of upcoming events, and research findings/methodology.
United States of America
Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York)
The museum aims to present Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust in their core and special exhibitions. Their public programmes include films, plays, concerts, and discussions. On their website, users can browse the museum’s online collection and exhibitions and access learning material for teachers and students.
Leo Baeck Institute (LBI)
The Leo Baeck Institute aims to represent the history of German-speaking Jewry with its 80,000-volume library and archival and art collections. The website provides research guides and detailed information about the collections, publications, and exhibitions.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives
The JDC Archives serves as the institutional repository for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and is an indispensable resource tool for genealogists, personal historians, scholarly researchers, and educators of modern Jewish history. The Names index includes 500,000 names of people who have received JDC aid between 1914 and 1973 and the text collection includes 2.4 million digitized pages.