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Tales from the Catalog : Is This Radioactive?

I’m Jaime Taylor, the Center for Jewish History’s systems librarian. My job has two components: I administer the catalog software, and I also do strange things with the catalog records themselves. As such, by chance I see records for all sorts of interesting items that I might not otherwise realize the Center holds. Some months ago I read a title, “Trinitite from Trinity Nuclear…

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Tracing the Past: Deciphering Handwriting in Yiddish and Hebrew

By J.D. Arden, Reference Services Librarian, Genealogy Specialist, Center for Jewish History Here at the Center for Jewish History in the Ackman and Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, researchers in genealogy often discover or bring in old postcards, letters, manuscripts or vital statistics records. These old documents are notoriously difficult to read! Some are in Yiddish, some in Hebrew. Here are my tips for deciphering Hebrew-alphabet penmanship…

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Free Events for Genealogists of All Levels

The Center for Jewish History invites people of all backgrounds to explore their roots at the landmark Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute. Participants will explore the world of family history research with the guidance of expert genealogists, become familiar with local and online resources, and learn how to present and share their family history. The series will provide an entry point for individuals…

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2015 Center for Jewish History Lapidus Summer Fellow Charles McDonald Interviewed by Radio Sefarad

The extensive interview is about Jewish conversion and citizenship in contemporary Spain and can be found here. The Center for Jewish History creates opportunities for scholars to immerse themselves in explorations of the primary source materials preserved within its walls. For the past 13 years, the Center’s Fellowship Program has offered financial support to a diverse group of more than 60 humanities scholars at…

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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Center By Leanora Lange A Wikipedia edit-a-thon was held on July 22, 2015, open to staff members from the Center and its partners as well as students from the YIVO summer program. Twenty people attended a training session on Wikipedia and basic editing, and several stayed for an open editing session that followed. Although the session was initially focused on…

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The Lapidus 2015 Summer Fellowship Program

  application deadline is April 17, 2015. The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society offer a six-week Fellowship to recent Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates conducting original research using the collections of the Center’s five partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Fellows will take residence at the…

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