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New York Synagogue Bulletins Digitized

Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun NewsletterA new online research tool for studying Modern Orthodoxy is now available with the Libraries’ launch of the New York Synagogue Bulletins collection, a digital collection of historic bulletins published by several prominent Modern Orthodox synagogues in the New York City area. More than 2,000 bulletins, dating from the 1920s and assembled from the Libraries’ archival holdings of synagogue records, have been digitized and are fully and freely searchable.

Prior to the digital era, printed bulletins were a key vehicle through which institutions communicated with their memberships and the broader community in which they functioned. The bulletins in this collection contain news and opinion articles on a range of topics pertaining to the parent synagogues, the local neighborhoods and Jewish communities, and the larger Jewish world, in addition to featuring public service announcements, event notices and local advertisements. As such, they provide a valuable window into their parent organizations’ missions, viewpoints and activities. This digital collection created by the Libraries from a variety of synagogues enables these rich artifacts to be readily accessed and comparatively studied.

The project has been funded in part by a grant awarded to the Libraries by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (Metro) as part of its program to expand access to historic and rare cultural heritage materials documenting the New York Metropolitan area. To learn more about the project or to access the Synagogue Bulletins Collection, please visit our Digital Library.

Submitted by Deena Schwimmer.