Jewish Heritage Report
Vol. I, No. 2 / Summer 1997
BRUCE KAHNíS PHOTOGRAPHIC INDEX
This database is an index of photographs of Jewish sites in Europe photographed by Bruce Kahn, president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Rochester. The majority of the photographs are of Lithuania, and present the most up-to-date images of Jewish monuments in that country.
DIRECTORY OF JEWISH MUSEUMS
A complete directory of Jewish museums features members of the Council of American Jewish Museums and links to Jewish museums from around the world.
VIRTUAL RESTORATION OF SMALL-TOWN SYNAGOGUES IN TEXAS
This site provides multiple views of computer generated models of Texas synagogues created by Robert Davis, the siteís founder. Some of the sites are navigable 3-D models and at least one has a sound clip. The computer images give a good idea of the dimensions and massing of the buildings and their spatial arrangements, but one loses a great amount of detail. For example, the model of the "clapboard-Moorish" synagogue of Corsicana looks much more solid and substantial than the real thing. Some of the detail, especially exterior siding, is visible in photos which are also posted. Information on Texas Jewish cemeteries is also provided at the site, including for many, lists of those buried. Despite shortcomings, this is most advanced and innovative website for synagogue architecture, and its a good introduction to vernacular American synagogue styles.
U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
In addition to some of the museum's catalogs and finding aids, archive and library holdings can also be searched. Some photos can be accessed, but most original materials are not available over the Internet.
INDEX TO THE FIRST ELEVEN VOLUMES OF AVOTAYNU
The international genealogical journal AVOTAYNU maintains an index to selected articles that appeared in the first eleven volumes (1985-95) of the publication. Searches can be initiated for specific research topics and back issues ordered.
JEWISHGEN SHTETL SEEKER
Searches for towns in Central and Eastern Europe using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System will display latitude and longitude for each location, as well as distance to the country's capital city. You can also list all of the towns (with multiple spellings) within a certain distance of given latitude/longitude coordinates.
THE GREAT SHTETL HUNT
Created by Randy Daitch, researchers can link to geographical information by clicking on the words "Gazetteer," "Shtetl Seeker" and "Shtetl Browser." "Gazetteer" links to the GEOnet Name Server, an online version of the US Board on Geographic Names' comprehensive database of every locality in the world. For more information about genealogy Web Sites, see AVOTAYNU®, Vol. XII, No. 4, Winter 1996, 21-25.
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