As a tree is known by its fruit, so man by his works.
JewishHistory.com is a site dedicated to bringing together all aspects of the history of Jewish people from Abraham to today. In November of 2002, I was blessed to meet Ardon Bar Hama who demonstrated to me digital photography of rare documents. Due to my four decades of experience in building and operating cellular and cable broadband telecommunication systems, I literally had an epiphany that we could present the knowledge of such objects through the worldwide web.
Within months, the Israel Museum Jerusalem opened its “vaults” to us; and in short order, we were in the vaults of the Vatican. Since that time, Ardon has become iconic for having pioneered one-shot digital photography. Ardon’s workflow has developed extensively with other projects, such as launching the Dead Sea Scrolls with Google, the New York Philharmonic Archives with the Leon Levy-Shelby White Foundation and the Julliard School of Music with Bruce Kovner. He and his team are now capable of digitizing up to 2,000 pages per day and building websites for all these images.
In 2014, we launched a new objective, which is to perpetuate temporary museum exhibitions by creating virtual walk-throughs that are “posted” on the web. Examples include, Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, the Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel at the New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and Chasing Dreams and Becoming American in Philadelphia at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Neither Ardon nor I take any rights in any of the projects that we have been involved with. They all reside on the home sites of the individual institutions. JewishHistory.com is initially populated by the efforts of Ardon and me. There is an endless amount of information being created by others that will be made available as click-throughs.
For my own part, my desire to create this site is to honor my fantastic parents (Emanuel and Klara), honor my Israelite heritage and to provide a legacy for my children (Adam and Jenny) to perpetuate. My greatest hope is that others will join this digital revolution so that new information can be added as simple click-throughs, especially as American Jewish Historical Society (NYC) rolls out its timeline of the American Jewish Experience from 1654 to today.