Eastern Europe

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.

Jewish Heritage Sites in South Bohemia

This browsable site in English, German and Russian provides information about sites of Jewish interest in this part of the Czech Republic.

The Bulgarian Jews

This Hebrew language site documents the culture, history and information about famous Jews from Bulgaria.

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.

Belgrade, Serbia

This site in Serbian has links to and contact information for Jewish communal organizations and Jewish groups in Belgrade.

Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian language links to sites of interest to Jews in Budapest, Hungary

Central Judaica Database of Poland

“The Central Judaica Database is an internet database featuring artifacts and documents related to Jewish culture, scattered throughout Poland and around the world. The Database contains descriptions as well as 2D and 3D photographs of over 3000 objects from the collections of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw – our first project partner. The Database will be expanded to include the resources of other partners.”

Centropa

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.

Croatia

This site in English and Serbian has links to and contact information for Jewish communal organizations in Zagreb and a number of other cities.

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.

Estonian Jewish Center

This site in English, Russian and Estonian has links to and contact information for numerous Jewish communal and other organizations in Tallinn.

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 Hungary

Information in Hungarian about the synagogues in and outside of Budapest.

Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania

This site in Romanian has links to and contact information for Jewish communal organizations and Jewish groups in Bucharest.

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 Russia

This Russian language site provides links to Orthodox communities throughout the country.

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.

Fundajca Shalom

This site in English and Polish describes the activities and projects of the Shalom Foundation.

Jewish Bratislava

“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 Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina

While most of this site is not in English, there is some information about Sarajevo.

Jewish Community of Estonia

Information in Russian and Estonian about the Jewish community and its museum in Tallinn.

Jewish Community of Latvia

Information in English, Russian and Latvian about the Jewish community and Riga.

Jewish Community of Moldovia

This site in English and Russian has links to and contact information for Jewish communal organizations.

Jewish Community of Prague

This site in English, Czech and Hebrew provides information about Jewish life in Prague for residents and tourists.

Jewish Community of Slovenia

Information about and contacts for Jewish groups in Ljubljana,and other parts of the country.

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.

Kavkaz Mountain Jews

This Hebrew language site is dedicated to the history and traditions of the Jews from Kavkaz. The site features articles, pictures, and relevant links.

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.

Kosher Prague

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.

Kurdi Jews

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.

Lublin, Poland

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.

Mountain Jews

This website in English, Russian and Hebrew provides news and information about Mountain Jews in Russia.

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.

Prague, Czech Republic

This is a collection of links to sites of interest to Jewish visitors to Prague in the Czech Republic.

Romania

This Hebrew language is dedicated to the history and ongoing life of Jews in Romania. It includes articles and a timeline.

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.

Union of Belarussian Jewish Public Associations & Communities

Information in English and Russian about 100 groups from 26 cities in Belarus.

Union of Jewish Communities in Slovakia

Information about and contacts for Jewish groups in Bratislava and other parts of the country.

Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland 

This site, mostly in Polish, has links to and contact information for Jewish communal organizations.

Virtual Shetel

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.

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