Judaica Europeana – an international network of museums, libraries and archives – exceeded its first target by uploading 3.7 million digital objects to Europeana.eu, Europe’s cultural heritage portal and digital services platform.
Judaica Europeana was launched in 2010 to digitize European Jewish collections and provide an integrated access point online. The network is led by the European Association for Jewish Culture and Frankfurt University Library. It has been co-funded by the European Commission, Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe and project partners. Today the network includes 25 institutions in Europe, Israel and the US.
The digitized material ranges from 16-18th century documents on the Venice Ghetto from the Venice State Archives, the Jewish museums’ collections from Amsterdam, Athens, London and Toledo; the extensive archive and library collections of Frankfurt University and Alliance Israelite Universelle, the archival collections from the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and the Hungarian Jewish Archives in Budapest, and much more. A priceless collection of Yiddish press, books and music comes from the Medem Library in Paris: 4,000 recordings of Jewish music from East-Central Europe can be played online. This collection is complemented by the recordings and scores from the French Centre for Jewish Music. The National Library of Israel provided access to a collection of manuscripts and rare books, and will contribute more.
See Also: Jewish Europeana Digital Exhibitions