Online resources for enjoying European Jewish heritage from home
A repository aimed for those people who are interested in Jewish European heritage.
These weeks in Europe and the world we are going through a situation where many citizens are under confinement in their homes. There are hundreds of platforms that offer entertainment and online training of all kinds and colours, and from the AEPJ we want to contribute to those people who enjoy sharing European cultural diversity, to do so from their homes. That is why we make available to the public a very complete directory of resources that our associate members and collaborators offer online and free on the web.
Associate AEPJ members
Medieval Route of Rashi in Champagne - France
In the heart of the Aube, the former county of Champagne counted prestigious Jewish communities from the 11th to the 13th centuries. Rachi, Rabbi Solomon son of Isaac, an immense commentator on the sacred texts of Judaism, was born there in Troyes in 1040. He gave an unexpected impulse to the intellectual creativity of the Jews of Champagne. After him, many scholars who claimed to be from his Champagne school influenced other Jewish communities in the interpretation of the Bible and the Talmud. The name of the illustrious county of Champagne then spread throughout the West. Discover the exceptional history that has united the Jewish community to the County of Champagne and the Aube for many centuries...
Patronat del Call de Girona
Our friends of the Girona Jewish neighborhood have shared the audio guides of the Museum of the History of the Jews of Girona to be able to visit it through their comments and audio explanations. To access the audioguide please select the image of the desired language.
There is also an interactive map to discover the Jewish legacy of this ancient Catalan city through its streets and corners. They also offer a very interesting booklet that delves into the Jewish food and gastronomy of medieval times.
Tarbut Sighet Foundation
You can discorver the projects on Education, Memory and Jewish History in Sighet Maramures through their very complete website.
The Together Plan
In 2018, The British Embassy in Minsk hosted the launch of We Remember, Lest the World Forget - Memories of The Minsk Ghetto, a translation of memories of child survivors from Russian to English. The history of the Holocaust in Belarus is rarely spoken of, despite the fact that 800,000 Jews perished there. You can read the book online or purchase a hardcover copy.
All the newsletters, blogs and updates from Jewish Belarus can be read online. They even have a few recipes! Also in their YouTube channel you can find some interesting video resources.
Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane
The Union of Jewish Italian Communities (UCEI) has put together online tours (in English and Italian) that provide self-guided, room-by-room (and/or 360 degree zoomable) experiences. The zoom function allows the viewer to explore from closer the astonishing architectural and artistic details of the jewish sites, enriching uniquely your visit and the cultural experience. Navigation is optimized for computer, tablet and smartphone.
Also through the Visit Jewish Italy portal, you can learn about Italy's Jewish heritage through a selection of its cemeteries, Jewish neighborhoods, synagogues, museums, memorials and kosher food services.
Fondazione per i Beni Culturali Ebraici in Italia (UCEI)
This 3D computer reconstruction of the Jewish catacombs that date from between the 4th and 6th centuries CE. Located under Maddalena Hill outside town, they occupy an extensive network of passages, along three main corridors on more than one level, and feature several types of burials spaces.
Waddesdon Manor, built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1870s to display his collections and entertain fashionable guests, offers Explore Waddesdon online to enjoy highlights of the art collections and gardens with their online trails, films and virtual room tours.
In the short film The Rothschild Family and Waddesdon we can learn that from their origins in Frankfurt's Jewish ghetto, the Rothschilds became the most powerful banking family of the 19th century. Four generations of the Rothschild family have since been responsible for the creation, care and development of Waddesdon Manor.
Specifically for Jewish heritage interested visitors they have put a online booklet about the Jewish heritage of Waddeson Manor.
Jewish Heritage Europe
In this post there are plenty of links to virtual tours and other online explorations of Jewish museums, synagogues, and other Jewish heritage sites even Jewish catacombs.
National Library of Israel
In their Digital Library the NLI fives you access to their Historical Jewish Press, a digitized collection of Jewish newspapers from various countries, languages, and time periods; or you can visit the Ketubbot Collection, over 4200 ketubot from collections all over the world, including the National Library's.