The Montreal Talmud

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Jacob M. Lowy collection is comprised of old and rare Hebraica and Judaica with approximately 3,000 volumes from the 15th through the 20th centuries.  Lowy's world class library was donated to the LAC in 1977.  To read more about it see: Lowy Collection

Recently, the Lowy Collection curator wrote about the 1919 Montreal Talmud -- which is described as the "most important event in the annals of Canadian Jewry".  Large scale Jewish immigration to Canada began in the late 1800's, predominantly from Eastern Europe, although there were Jews there in the 1700's.  Due to World War 1 the Canadian Jews were cut off from their European roots and resorted to practice their culture in the Canadian manner.  A posting on the LAC blog discusses the creation of the Montreal Talmud as access to sacred texts was no longer possible due to the war.  The Montreal Talmud became part of the evolution of the Canadian Jewish community.  To read the blog post see: The Montreal Talmud

Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for this valuable post

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives

I would like to bring to your attention a key resource made available by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives for genealogists, personal historians, and scholarly researchers alike.

The JDC Names Index is a database where you can search for names of relatives, friends, ancestors; anyone worldwide who has received JDC aid, financial or otherwise. Currently indexed material includes lists of people helped from 1914 to 1973. While this is a substantial sampling of names on lists in our records, it is by no means our entire collection. In the future, additional lists will be included.

The JDC Archives documents the relief, rescue and rehabilitation activities of the JDC from its founding in 1914 to the present. Its holdings include over 3 miles of text documents; over 100,000 photographs; a research library of 6,000 books; and approximately 1,500 audiovisual materials, including 200 oral histories.

Cordially,
Joanna Sliwa
Archives Project Specialist
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
JDC Archives

Beginner’s Guide to Jewish Genealogy Websites

http wwwThanks to David Price for preparing this list of websites, especially for those who are new to Jewish genealogy. Download A Beginner's Guide to Jewish Genealogy Websites.

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