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Community Oral History Projects

Katrina's Jewish Voices  Katrina's Jewish Voices

  • Explore Katrina's impact on the Jewish communities of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans through the eyes of people who lived through the storm.
  • Discover the ways Jews across the country contributed to relief and rebuilding efforts.
  • Examine journals, photographs, reflections, sermons, blog postings, emails, and letters contributed by members of Jewish communities nationwide in the months during and after Katrina.
  • Add your voice by contributing your own Katrina story.

Image - Weaving Women's Words  Weaving Women's Words

  • Share the stories of a dynamic generation of Jewish women, whose stories have too often been missing from the pages of our communal experience.
  • Explore their worlds through the women's own words.

The Oral History Archive

For over a decade, the Jewish Women's Archive has been conducting oral histories. Parts of these interviews have been used in various exhibits on our website. Now we have embarked upon an ambitious program to preserve the interviews by digitizing and maintaining them, along with edited transcripts and other digital artifacts, in a secure repository. Over the next few years we will be increasing access to these materials and making them easier to find and search. We are also developing tools so that teachers and students can use the interviews, selected clips, images, and other primary documents to create online displays and presentations. We began podcasting from this resource in the fall of 2008, and the first full oral histories were moved to a digital repository in winter 2009. We are currently seeking funding and support to make contents in this repository publicly accessible as we continue our work to assure its long-term preservation.

For more information contact the Jewish Women’s Archive.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Community Oral History Projects." (Viewed on April 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/oralhistory>.