The Jewish Diaspora Collection

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The Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoC) is a collaborative and cooperative digital library designed to preserve and provide wide access to Jewish heritage materials from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Modeled on the Digital Library of the Caribbean, JDoC provides a host site and portal for digitized versions of hidden and/or endangered Jewish cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

JDoC also preserves digital copies of materials held in the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica. Thanks to the breadth and depth of its collections, the Price Library is considered the foremost Jewish studies research collection in the southeastern United States, and its rare, late 19th to early 20th century imprints place it among the leading academic research libraries in the world.

Built with a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant awarded to George A. Smathers Libraries in 2014, JDoC contains among its notable subcollections are records of the Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project, 25 photographic sets related to the Colonia Baron Hirsch in Argentina, and books digitized from the library of the Temple Beth Shalom in Havana, Cuba that include many rare Yiddish periodicals and little-known books published in Cuba in the 1930s.

Visit the JDoC portal in UF Digital Collections to learn more!

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