Tag Archives: Eastern_Europe

Updated Resource: The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People

"The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) were established in 1939. They hold the archives of hundreds of Jewish communities, as well as of local, national and international Jewish organizations and the private collections of many outstanding Jewish personalities. The Archives now hold the most extensive collection of documents, pinkassim (registers) and other records of Jewish history from the Middle Ages to the present day."

The Central Archives, located in Jerusalem, is a tremendous resource for the history of the Jews all over the world.  In the past, however, it was sometimes hard to find what the collection held, as the collections are so vast and deep.  Recently, the Central Archives has put together some wonderful new finding aids (by creator organization, by Jewish community location, and by donor) which should make the search for Jewish community records much easier.  See below for an important list of recently processed (and soon-to-be processed) collections.

A SELECTION OF NEW FINDING AIDS ON THE CAHJP WEBSITE

GUIDES

- Polish Sources at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People – a digital updated version of the 2004 printed guide (16th - 20th Century)

A-L: http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/1005 

M-Z: http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/1006 

- Guía de documentos de Comunidades e instituciones en el Archivo Central de la Historia del Pueblo Judío, Jerusalén http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/sites/default/files/Judaismo%20Latinoamericano.pdf

COUNTRIES

Algeria – Jewish Communities, 1795 - 1962 (244 files) http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/1007

Argentina – Jewish Communities and Organizations, 1894 - 2008 (380 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/586 
Brazil – Jewish Communities, Organizations and Schools, 1886 - 1979 (260 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/798 
Ecuador – Jewish Communities and Organizations, 1915 - 1972 (200 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/813 
El Salvador – Communities and Zionist Organizations, 1935 - 1975 (39 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/592 
COMMUNITIES

Floss Israelitische Kultusgemeinde (Germany), 1687 - 1938 (147 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/810 
Izmir (Smyrna) Jewish Community (Turkey), 1760 - 1970 (ca. 1000 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/808 
Le Tribunal Rabbinique de Mogador et sa Region (Morocco), 1919 - 1966 (26 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/807 
ORGANIZATIONS

American Jewish Organizations, 1866 - 1972 (300 files) http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/793

Gesamtdeutsche Organisationen, Verbände und Vereine, 1844 - 1970 (272 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/786

Deutsch-Israelitischer Gemeindebund (D.I.G.B.), 1868 - 1930 (47 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/789 
JRSO (Jewish Restitution Successor Organization), Bavaria – Community Property (221 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/782 
JRSO Berlin – Administration, 1947-1974 (579 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/1000 
JRSO Hessen – Community Property (426 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/783 
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Elias Tcherikower, 1917 - 1928 (575 files)

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/809 
Ismar Freund Library

http://cahjp.huji.ac.il/webfm_send/996 

COMING SOON

- Colombia – Jewish Communities and Organizations

- Venezuela – Jewish Communities and Organizations

- Worms Jewish Community (Germany)

- Thessaloniki Jewish Community (Greece)

- Judah Leib Magnes Private Collection

- Ismar Freund Private Collection

- Yitzhak F. Baer Private Collection

More Yiddish…Haynt digitized and online

I wrote last year about the incredible resource that is the Historical Jewish Press.  In a further effort to make Jewish newspapers available freely online, the HJP has now digitized its first Yiddish paper,Haynt.  Haynt was a seminal Jewish newspaper in Eastern Europe from 1908-1939, and is a critical resource for day to day news about the Jews of that time and place.