Yerusha is an initiative of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe that will become a major hub for European Jewish and Jewish-related archival material. As scholars and researchers will attest, millions of pages of documents written in dozens of languages are stored in hundreds of archives worldwide bearing witness to the variety and importance of Jewish life in Europe. Yerusha will create an online portal and database that will provide a single, searchable reference point for all such sources.

Access to archives is limited by various factors: lack of visibility, inadequate cataloguing and even dire storage conditions. Yerusha wishes to bring as many of these valuable primary sources to light as possible, connecting them across national boundaries and discovering new, relevant document. Yerusha does not only focus on specifically Jewish collections, it is also interested in any groups of records holding Jewish-related materials.

Grants are available for survey work that will contribute to the Yerusha database.

This website marks the first stage of the Yerusha portal and is designed to indicate the wealth and breadth of documentary sources available on European Jewish history. Please browse through the list of archives below, enter key terms into the search bar, or use the map to search by geographical location.

If you represent an archive or collection with holdings pertinent to Jewish history, please take a moment to complete our online survey in order to be listed on this initial website and to continue to receive information about the Yerusha portal and grant programme.

Abraham Geiger Kolleg

Kantstr. 152, Berlin, 10623, Germany
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The Abraham Geiger College in Berlin is an institution for the education and training of rabbis and cantors for Jewish...

  • Size: 6500 metres
  • Language: German
  • Area: Germany
  • Type: university

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alte Synagoge Petershagen e.V.

Eldagser Dorfstr. 15, Petershagen, 32469, Germany
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The Work Group of the Old Synagogue Petershagen e.V., die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alte Synagoge Petershagen e.V., wants to keep alive the...

  • Size: more than 50 records
  • Language: German
  • Area: Germany
  • Type: regional

Arxiu Històric de Girona, Generalitat de Catalunya

1 Sant Josep Square, Girona, 17004, Spain
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The Historical Archive of Girona is a state archive. It was created in 1952 by the Spanish Education Ministery and...

  • Size: 9600 records
  • Language: Catalan
  • Area: Spain
  • Type: state

Balta Jewish Religious Community

10 Kotsubinsky Str., Balta, 66100, Ukraine
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The Balta Jewish Religious Community was established in November 2000 as a Registered Public Charitable Organization. Its major aims and...

  • Size: 2000 records
  • Language: Russian
  • Area: Ukraine
  • Type: state

Bet Tfila - Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe

Pockelsstr. 4, Braunschweig, 38106, Germany
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The purpose of the Bet Tfila Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe is to document and research the sacred...

  • Size: approx. 75 metres
  • Language: German
  • Area: Germany
  • Type: state

Biblioteca Archivio Renato Maestro

Cannaregio 2899, Venice, 30121, Italy
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The library and archive were established in order to preserve, transmit and promote the study of the written and printed...

  • Size: 6000 records
  • Language: Italian
  • Area: Italy
  • Type: private

Central Archives of Historical Records

7 Długa St., Warsaw, PL 00-263, Poland
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The archives gathers, processes, catalogues and makes available historical materials connected with the history of Poland. More specifically, the materials...

  • Size: more than 100 records
  • Language: Polish
  • Area: Poland
  • Type: state

Centre for German Jewish Studies, University of Sussex

Centre for German-Jewish Studies Arts B, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QN, United Kingdom
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Based within a dynamic modern university committed to interdisciplinary studies, the Centre for German-Jewish Studies contributes distinctively to historical, philosophical...

  • Size: approx. 30 metres
  • Language: German
  • Area: Germany
  • Type: university

Centro Ebraico e Casa Famiglia Giuseppe e Violante Pitigliani

1 Via dell'Arco de'Tolomei, Rome, 153, Italy
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The Italian Jewish Orphanage was founded in 1902 and became a charitable organization in 1917. In 1930 this institution changed...

  • Size: 152 records
  • Language: Italian
  • Area: Italy
  • Type: private

Centropa

Pfeilgasse 8/15, Vienna, 1080, Austria
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Centropa interviewed 1,200 Holocaust survivors in 15 European countries, and digitized 22,000 photos and documents. All original language transcripts are...

  • Size: 23200 records
  • Language: English
  • Area: Austria
  • Type: state

Charles University in Prague - Faculty of Arts - Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archival Studies

Nám. Jana Palacha 2, Prague, 11638, Czech Republic
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The current project concerns the inventories of the Jewish population in Bohemia, which were written between 1723/1724 and 1811 (they...

  • Size: 10 metres
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Area: Czech Republic
  • Type: state

Comunità Ebraica di Casale Monferrato

Vicolo Salomone Olper 44, Casale Monferrato, 15033, Italy
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The Synagogue of Casale Monferrato was built in 1595 and is particularly noted for its exquisite Baroque interior with walls...

  • Size: 3000 records
  • Language: Italian
  • Area: Italy
  • Type: synagogue

Fondation Casip-Cojasor

8 Rue de Pali-Kao , Paris , 75020, France
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The CASIP-COJASOR foundation arises from the merger of the CASIP (Jewish Social Action Committee of Paris), founded in 1809 and...

  • Size: 1000 metres
  • Language: French
  • Area: France
  • Type: private

Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea C.D.E.C.

Via Eupili, 8, Milan, 20145, Italy
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The Historical Archives, which the Italian Government has declared "of great historical interest", hold documents from Jewish organizations or individuals...

  • Size: more than 180 metres
  • Language: Italian
  • Area: Italy
  • Type: university

Fondazione per i Beni Culturali Ebraici in Italia Onlus - Centro Bibliografico UCEI

Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio 9, Rome, 00153, Italy
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The Centro Bibliografico was created in the 1980s as a national center able to gather, preserve, enhance and preserve books,...

  • Size: approx. 500 records
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Area: Italy
  • Type: private

Gustaf-Dalman-Institut

Am Rubenowplatz 2-3, Greifswald, 17487, Germany
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The Theology Faculty of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University of Greifswald is home to a unique collection of great academic significance. Named after...

  • Size: approx. 20000 records
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Area: The Holy Land.
  • Type: university

Holocaust Documentation Center and Memorial Collection

39 Páva St, Budapest, H-1094, Hungary
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The legal predecessor of our institute was founded in 1990 as a private foundation. In 2002 it became a public...

  • Size: 100 metres
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Area: Hungary
  • Type: state

Humboldt-University Berlin

6 Unter den Linden, Berlin, D 10099, Germany
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The Database of Jewish Owned Businesses in Berlin (1930 to 1945) was collected on the basis of the commercial register's...

  • Size: 52000 records
  • Language: German
  • Area: Germany
  • Type: Academic

Hungarian Jewish Archives

Síp u. , 12. , Budapest , 1075, Hungary
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The Hungarian Jewish Archives (HJA) is a public archive, and belongs to the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities. Its main...

  • Size: approx. 1000 metres
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Area: Hungary
  • Type: private

Institute for Information Recording

2 Shpaka St., kiev, 03113, Ukraine
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The Institute for Information Recording holds the Moses Beregovsky collection of phonographic cylinders (Historical Collection of Jewish Folklore 1912-1947).

  • Size: more than 10 records
  • Language: Yiddish
  • Area: Ukraine
  • Type: state

Jewish Community Novi Sad

Jevrejska 11, Novi Sad, 21000, Serbia and Montenegro
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The archive of the Jewish Community Novi Sad holds registry books (birth, marriage, and death) and other important documentation. Our...

  • Size: 150000 records
  • Language: Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian
  • Area: Serbia and Montenegro
  • Type: regional

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 5AU, United Kingdom
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We have almost 1000 members, many in other countries and our prime purpose is to research Jewish families and heritage...

  • Size: approx. 100 records
  • Language: English
  • Area: United Kingdom
  • Type: private

JMPoint for Jewish Community Public Benefit Foundation

PO Box 84, Budapest, 1388, Hungary
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Our foundation decided to establish a Virtual Jewish Museum to protect and preservce the religious and cultural relics of Hungarian...

  • Size: 1500 records
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Area: Hungary
  • Type: digital

Jüdisches Kulturmuseum Augsburg-Schwaben

Halderstraße 6-8, Augsburg, 86150, Germany
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The Jewish Culture Museum Augsburg-Swabia has existed since 1985. Our main focus is the Jewish history of Bavarian Swabia. We...

  • Size: 450 records
  • Language: German
  • Area: Germany
  • Type: regional

Kazerne Dossin

Goswin de Stassartstraat 153, Mechelen, 2800, Belgium
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Kazerne Dossin is an NGO funded by Flemish local government, sponsoring academic projects and individual research. Our aim is to...

  • Size: 1000000 records
  • Language: French
  • Area: Belgium
  • Type: digital

Kingston Surbiton and District Synagoge Ostrava Group

33 Uxbridge Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2LL, United Kingdom
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The Ostrava Group holds material relating to the Jewish community of Ostrava, in the former Czechoslovakia, including interviews with survivors...

  • Size: approx. 1000 records
  • Language: German
  • Area: Czech Republic
  • Type: private

Leopold Muller Memorial Library

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, Yarnton, Oxford, OX5 1PY, United Kingdom
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Getzel Kressel Archive (a.1974): newspaper cuttings, newspapers, pamphlets, letters; themes: personalities, events and institutions in modern Jewish history and Israel,...

  • Size: approx. 894100 records
  • Language: English
  • Area: United Kingdom
  • Type: University / Digital

National Archives of Belgium and State Archives in the Provinces

Ruisbroekstraat 2, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
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Our project involves drawing up an archival source guide on Judaism and the Jewish community in Belgium, including archives emanating...

  • Size: 500 metres
  • Language: French
  • Area: Belgium
  • Type: state

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Herengracht 380, Amsterdam, 1016CJ, Netherlands
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The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies was founded more than sixty years ago. The NIOD is the...

  • Size: 2500 records
  • Language: Dutch
  • Area: Netherlands
  • Type: state

Ottoman-Turkish Sephardic Culture Research Center

Atiye sok. Polar apt. No:12/6 Tesvikiye, Istanbul, 34365, Turkey
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The Sephardic Center in Istanbul aims to archive, document and collect Turkish Sephardic culture which is in danger of disappearing....

  • Size: 81 records
  • Language: Ladino
  • Area: Turkey
  • Type: private

Paris Yiddish Center

29 Rue du Château d'Eau, Paris, 75010, France
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Our main purpose is to preserve the existent heritage of Yiddish culture, to facilitate access to it, and to develop...

  • Size: 20000 records
  • Language: Yiddish
  • Area: France
  • Type: Academic

Petersburg Institute for Jewish Studies

2 Ruzovskaya Ulitsa, St. Petersburg, 190013, Russia
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The Petersburg Institute for Jewish Studies holds records on more than 250 towns and shtetls, comprising documents, photographs, and audiovisual...

  • Size: 15000 records
  • Language: Russian
  • Area: Ukraine
  • Type: private

Raziskovalno-dokumentacijski Center JAS (Research and Documentation Center JAS)

Poljanski Nasip 52, Ljubljana, 1000, Slovenia
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The Research and Documentation Center JAS is a non-profit organisation with a focus on collecting, documenting, storing, preserving, and researching...

  • Size: 2000 records
  • Language: Slovenian
  • Area: Slovenia
  • Type: regional

Research and Documentation Center CENDO

Palmotićeva 16, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia
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The Research and Documentation Center for Holocaust Victims and Survivors was established by the Jewish community of Zagreb's claims conference...

  • Size: 4000 records
  • Language: Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian
  • Area: Croatia
  • Type: Academic

Russian Research and Education Holocaust Center

52/45 Sadovnicheskaya St., Moscow, 115035, Russia
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The Russian Holocaust Center is the first organization of the post-Soviet era aimed at preserving the memory of Holocaust victims;...

  • Size: approx. 16000 records
  • Language: Russian
  • Area: Russia
  • Type: Academic

Russian State Library, Department of Manuscripts

Vozdvizhenka St. 3/5, Moscow, 101000, Russia
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The Russian State Library was founded in 1862. It took over 140 years of everyday effort and the devotion of...

  • Size: 3000 records
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Area: Russia
  • Type: state

Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

Garnethill Synagogue, 129 Hill Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G3 6UB, United Kingdom
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The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre was established in 1987 in Glasgow, in the Garnethill Synagogue (Scotland’s oldest, established in 1879)....

  • Size: approx. 25000 records
  • Language: English
  • Area: Scotland
  • Type: private

The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine

Voloska Str. 8/5, Kiev, 4070, Ukraine
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"The TRANSCARPATIA project is a one year pilot project of surveying and documenting 70 Jewish cemeteries of the Transcarpathian region...

  • Size: 104 records
  • Language: Russian
  • Area: Ukraine
  • Type: regional

The British Library

96 Euston Rd. , London , NW1 2DB, United Kingdom
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The British Library is home to one of the most important Hebraica collections in the world. In the collection there...

  • Size: 3000 records
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Area: Europe, North Africa, Middle East, East Asia
  • Type: Academic

The Center for the Study of the History and Culture of Eastern European Jews

8/5 Volos’ka St., Building no. 5, Kiev, 4070, Ukraine
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The major aims and objectives of our organization are to develop and support academic research and study of the history...

  • Size: 1000 records
  • Language: Ukrainian
  • Area: Ukraine
  • Type: State and private holdings.

University of Southampton Library

Highfield, Southamption, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom
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The University of Southampton Library holds some 3 miles of Jewish archives, covering many aspects of Jewish life, from private...

  • Size: 6500 metres
  • Language: English
  • Area: United Kingdom
  • Type: university

University of the Arts London, Archives and Special Collections Centre

University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre,, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6SB, United Kingdom
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The Archives and Special Collections Centre holds and provides access to collections relating to the subjects taught across the University...

  • Size: approx. 10000 records
  • Language: English
  • Area: United Kingdom
  • Type: university

Wiener Library

29 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DP, United Kingdom
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The Wiener Library is Britain's largest institution dedicated to the documentation of the Holocaust, the Nazi persecution of minorities and...

  • Size: 1800 records
  • Language: German
  • Area: Germany
  • Type: Academic

Zentralarchiv zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland

Landfriedstraße 12, Heidelberg, 69117, Germany
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The Zentralarchiv gathers, catalogues and makes available records concerning the history of Jews in the Federal Republic of Germany. The...

  • Size: approx. 1500 metres
  • Language: German
  • Area: Germany
  • Type: synagogue