Romanian Jewish Synagogues
“Join us on a digital voyage through 8 synagogues from Banat and Arad in Romania, and through the life stories of three generations of Jews that breathed life into them.” The site includes 3D digital tours of the synagogues, as well as excerpts from more than 80 “testimonies” by Jews from the towns, recalling Jewish life in these places as well as reflecting on the challenges facing their sharply dwindling Jewish communities today. All the material is in both English and Romanian.
Jewish Heritage Tour in Hungary
This site, in English, Hungarian and Hebrew, “facilitate visits by religious pilgrims and others to the tombs of noted Hasidic rabbis and other orthodox Jewish heritage sites in five towns and cities in eastern Hungary — Miskolc, Sátoraljaújhely, Nagykálló, and Nyírtass in the northeast, and Makó, in the south.
Jewish Religious Community in Krakow
This site in Polish and English provides information about the synagogues, cemeteries, and mikveh of the Jews in Krakow, Poland, along with information about the community's events and news.
Jewish Heritage in Lithuania
This site in English and Lithuanian is “developing a heritage map, offering thematic and regional routes, managing social media channels in order to promote and invite tourists to visit and get to know Jewish Heritage in Lithuania.”
The Association of Jews from Vilna and Vicinity in Israel
In addition to information about the events and activities of this organization, this Hebrew language site provides a great deal of information about Jewish towns, cemeteries, yizkor books, and monuments related to Jewish life in Lithuania. You can also search its library catalog.
History of Jewish Communities in Ukraine
Created by Vitaliy Buryak, this site provides information about shtetls and communities that are still in existence and those that have disappeared.
Jews in East Prussia
The site of this organization in English and German is devoted to preserving the history and culture of Jews from Poland, the area of Kaliningrad and Lithuania. The site includes information about prominent people and places in the area, including synagogues. You can also download a walking tour of Jewish Koenigsberg.
YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
This massive site provides information about the arts, daily life, places, language, literature, history, politics and religion of Jews in Eastern Europe from their earliest presence there to the end of the twentieth century. This is a major resource and a first stop for anyone doing research in this area.
All Ukrainian Jewish Congress
Home page of the All Ukrainian Jewish Congress, this site describes itself as "the largest Jewish organization in the Ukraine." It provides information about the group and the community and a directory of Jewish communities and contacts in the region.
Association of Israelis of Central European Origin
This site in English, Hebrew and German contains information about the organization, its activities and branches, as well as historical details about the immigration of Jewish from Central Europe to Israel.
Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine
This site in Ukrainian and English has links to and contact information for Jewish communal organizations and synagogues throughout the country.
Centropa is a project of the Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation. Its goal is to use a variety of technologies "to create a window into Jewish history, and current events, in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union." The site includes access to the Witness to a Jewish Century, a searchable online library of Jewish family pictures and accompanying oral histories. The Contemporary Archive highlights Jewish communities today in this part of the world and offers travel tips. There are also book reviews, recipes, slide shows, and links to relevant sites. This is a rich resource for anyone interested in this part of the world.
Encyclopedia of Russian Jewry
“Rujen.ru provides an Internet version of the Encyclopedia of Russian Jewry, which is published in Moscow since 1994, giving a comprehensive, objective picture of the life and activity of the Jews of Russia, the Soviet Union and the CIS. The encyclopedia is structurally divided into three parts: 1. biographical information, 2. local history of the Jewish community in pre-revolutionary Russia, the Soviet Union and the CIS, and 3. thematic information on concepts related to Jewish civilization, the contribution of the Jews of Russia in various fields of activity, various Jewish social, scientific, cultural organizations, etc. The originally published volumes contain more than 10,000 biographies and more than 10,000 place names. The electronic version contains corrections and additions in the form of new articles.” This site is in Russian.
European Council of Jewish Communities
"The European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC) is the networking agency of Jewish institutions and communities concerned with planning and co-ordinating action in the fields of social welfare, formal and informal Jewish education, leadership training and culture. Established in 1968, the ECJC comprises member communities and organizations in 37 countries." This site offers information about events and programs in the area of education, social welfare, and culture taking place throughout Europe as well as details on regional events and funding offerings. There is also an entire section on restitution for Holocaust survivors. Of particular note is the links section which provides a hypertext directory of Jewish sites by country throughout Europe. This is an excellent starting point for locating Jewish institutions in both Western and Eastern Europe.
European Jewish Association
“The European Jewish Association is the biggest federation of Jewish organizations and communities working all over Europe.” In addition to information about the group, the site has links and details about its member organizations.
Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic
Information in English and Czech about the organization and its affiliates, as well as programs such as the 10 Stars Program to reconstruct historic Jewish synagogues.
Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS
Available in English and Russian, this site provides information about over 270 affiliated Jewish communities in the CIS, the former Soviet Union.
“The Jewish Community Museum in Bratislava has launched a new web portal for the rich Jewish heritage of Bratislava, including an interactive guide to 28 sites of Jewish interest in the city.
The web site includes sections on three museums: the Jewish Community Museum, the state-run Museum of Jewish Culture, and the Arthur Fleischmann Museum, as well as the synagogue, the subterranean Chatam Sofer Memorial in the remnant of the Old Jewish Cemetery, and Bratislava’s current Jewish cemeteries.”
Jewish Guide to Poland
This commercial site created by tour guide Tomasz Cebulski also provides information about doing genealogical research in Poland and a set of relevant links.
Jews of the Caucausus
Hebrew language site that provides information about these Russian Jews, known in Hebrew as Kavkazim, as well as details about the activities and forums of the group.
Khazaria Information Center
Subtitled "A Resource for Turkic and Jewish History in Russia and Ukraine,” this is a comprehensive site for research in all aspects of this area study. Kevin Brook who maintains the site has included a history of medieval Khazaria and other useful resources. Of particular note are the extensive set of links to the Eastern European Jewish world arranged by country.
This site lists kosher accommodations in apartments, tours, and trips with Jewish guides, and sources for Jewish food in Prague in the Czech Republic. A set of relevant links is also provided.
This Hebrew language site is dedicated to the preservation of the traditions of Jews from Kurdistan. The site features the history, customs, sayings, food, and holiday traditions of Kurdish Jews.
This Hebrew language site with some material in English is dedicated to the history of the Jews in Lublin, Poland. There is material on families, the community and its leaders, a map, and other historical data.
Organisation of the Jews of Bulgaria
This site in English and Bulgarian has links to and contact information for Jewish communal and other organizations in Sofia and other parts of the country.
Slovak Jewish Heritage
"The Slovak Jewish Heritage Center is joint project of the Bratislava Jewish Community and the Jewish Heritage Foundation – Menorah." The site, in English and Slovak, provides information about Slovak Jewish synagogues, cemeteries, museums and history along with tour information about Jewish sites in Bratislava and Slovakia.
The Jewish Community of Lithuania
This searchable site in English, Russian, and Lithuanian provides information about the religion, culture, politics, and institutions of the Jewish community in Lithuania. There are useful links about the history of the Jews here and sites for tourists.
The Union of Jewish Communities of Poland
This well designed portal in English and Polish offers news and information on associations, religious communities, educational institutions and the Jewish press of Poland.
This site in English, Polish, Hebrew and German is devoted to the history of Jews in Poland. In addition to information about the project, the site has searchable databases of maps, people and towns in Poland, along with a glossary and bibliography.