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Jewish New Year 5769: Images and Words from the Past

Flickr LOC: Praying on the Brooklyn Bridge [1]The Jewish year of 5769 [2] began at sunset of September 29th, 2008. The Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah [3]) is a very reflective holiday, one in which individuals are encouraged to consider their own actions from the past year. It made me wonder what materials are available online to let us glimpse the celebration of Rosh Hashanahs long past.

A search in the Flickr Commons [4] yielded this lovely Library of Congress image of women praying on the Brooklyn Bridge [1] (likely participating in the ritual of Tashlikh [5]).

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Collections & Archives [6] has photos about Rosh Hashanah [7] – including this optimistic card depicting a couple from the Fuerth displaced persons camp flying to Tel Aviv [8].

Yad Vashem [9] has pulled together selections relating to Rosh Hashanah in an online collection called Marking the New Year [10].

I also found an assortment of treasures on the Internet Archive [11]:

Rosh Hashanah Poem (1898) [13]


These examples only scratch the surface of the archives and collections that include Jewish records. If this has peaked your interest, here are a few other websites to explore:

Know of others I missed – please add them in the comments below!

These sites are from suggestions in the comments:

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#1 Comment By Heather On September 30, 2008 @ 9:49 am

Thanks for this lovely post!

One to add: [21]

#2 Comment By Merrilee Proffitt On September 30, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

The Center for Jewish History is worth a look (and worth a visit, if you are in New York). A library, archive, and museum all under one roof. [28]

#3 Comment By anne beaumont On October 7, 2008 @ 1:13 am

The State Library of Victoria Pictures catalogue [29] includes the digitised images for several series of works relating to the Jewish community in Victoria & Australia. If you search for the series “Jewish survivors of the Holocaust in Victoria” you will find a number of portraits.