Digital library showcases community history

Posted: 12 June 2018

A digital library that chronicles the remarkable history of the Jewish community in Hobart has been posted by the congregation.

The library includes more than 300 records, starting with an 1839 newspaper article detailing an early Yom Kippur service. Several items specifically relate to the history of the synagogue.

The website hosting the library can be accessed here. It is meticulously organised, with researchers easily able to track down resources relating to a wide array of subjects.

The material provides fascinating insights into some of the colourful personalities who have helped maintain an active Jewish presence in Tasmania despite the community’s small numbers. There is also an active blog that highlights particularly interesting themes.

The library has been created by the shul’s Treasurer, Jeff Schneider. He explained what motivated him to take on the project: “When reading about our congregation’s history in the book A Few From Afar, I developed an immense respect for the dedicated members who have overcome adversity to keep the congregation active for nearly 175 years.”

“After discovering several fascinating newspaper articles through the National Library of Australia’s Trove archive, I thought it would be useful to provide a central location for those wanting to research our long and storied history.”