Dear JewishGen Community,
The Yizkor Book Team is concerned about the global impact being caused by the Corona pandemic. We mourn the loss of great people who have left us, and acknowledge the suffering of many more. It is difficult to find comfort in today’s times. Only through our families, which have now expanded to include the Jewish people and the global community, may we find a sense of unity and peace.
We are committed to continuing operations as usual and helping spread the experiences of generations who have witnessed events similar to those of our days. Although there may be slight delays, our Translators and Project Coordinators are focused on adding more English translations to the website.
We are remaining positive and focusing on the important work remaining for us to do. Let us add a prayer for the recovery of those that are suffering and for all of us to find peace of mind in these turbulent times.
יהי־שלום בחילך שלוה בארמנותיך למען אחי ורעי אדברה־נא שלום בך למען בית־השם אלקינו אבקשה טוב לך
“May there be well-being within your cities, peace in your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I pray for your well-being; for the sake of the house of the Lord our G-d, I seek your good.”
Psalms 122, 7-9
We are proud to stand with you.
The JewishGen and Yizkor Book community.
We wish you and your family a healthy, safe, and a meaningful Passover Holiday.
Read the New Passover Companion
JewishGen and the Yizkor Book Project are proud to present this year’s Passover Companion. The companion features firsthand accounts of celebrating Passover throughout the past few hundred years. These accounts have been extracted from many Yizkor Books found on the JewishGen website for your reading pleasure.
Weekly Yizkor Excerpt
Prepared by Bruce Drake
At the end of each week, we have been featuring excerpts from Yizkor books in JewishGen’s archive. I struggled this week to find a Yizkor book excerpt that felt right to me. The last few weeks have been grim ones for many, out of fear of the coronavirus, the illnesses and deaths it has caused, and the disruptions to peoples’ lives.
So, instead I collected some passages about caring for the sick – “a custom so embedded in Jewish tradition that even the non-religious Jews observed it scrupulously,” according to the Yizkor book of Zloczew, Poland. Part of the tradition was represented by the concept of Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick),which also was a social institution in many communities. “We know that a healthy person needs a friend, the sick person needs even more a human being that is willing to listen to him,” the Zloczew book says. (Continue reading the full excerpt by Clicking here)
Summary of Recent Progress
Translations Completed This Past Month
New Yizkor Books Available in Hard Copy
New Projects Started in the Past Month
The Yizkor Book team has begun many new projects over the past few months and will be working hard during the next few years to complete them. Please consider becoming a supporter of the projects below or any of our projects. See the full list by clicking here!
Does Your Ancestral Shtetl Have a Yizkor Book?
We have completed over 90 Yizkor Books that the Yizkor-Books-In-Print has published in the last 10 years. We have also finished translating over 160 books in the last 20 years, which are live on our website.
To over 100 individuals who are actively working on Yizkor Book Projects, and to the many more volunteers who have helped in the recent past (and hopefully in the near future) — thank you for all that you are doing!! Without your tireless devotion, we could not continue to do the amazing work of making available the first hand accounts of the Jewish people describing their lives before the World Wars that are contained in the Yizkor Books.
From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate everything that you have done and are continuing to do on a daily basis. Thank you!!
We are expanding the Yizkor Book Team!!
We are working on many upcoming projects including a Priority Book List to translate, New Workflow, Web Redesign and more. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the Yizkor Book Project, please see the information below:
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If there are any mistakes in this newsletter, please feel free to reach out so I can correct the information appropriately as soon as possible.
All the best,
Mr. Binny Lewis
Director of Special Projects – Yizkor Books