Subject: Yizkor Book Project Update - April 2020 #poland #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Binny Lewis
 

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

תהילים קכ״ב

“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 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 first hand 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

  • Last month we translated 465 pages - all of which are freely available online via the JewishGen site. 

  • We have completed Phase 2 of the Priority Book List. The data from this phase will be added periodically to the website in the coming months. 

  • From Phase 1 & Phase 2, we have verified that there are 54 ACTIVE projects to translate Yizkor Books. Click here to see the list of ACTIVE projects.

  • Already, with data from Phase 2 of the Priority Book List project, we have now added progress bars (  ) to each of the ACTIVE projects so one can see how much of the book has been translated. The ACTIVE project list can be seen on the bottom of the homepage by Clicking here.

  • A group of Project Coordinators have agreed to Beta Test our new workflow and we are set to begin shortly after Pesach.


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. 

  • Click here for a guide to find the status of your book. 

  • Click here to browse the list of all books on our website.

  • Click here to see the list of printed Yizkor Books now available in Hard copy.  

    • For reduced pricing of 4 or more books, please contact YBIP@....


Acknowledgments

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:


Perhaps your skills can be of assistance?

  • We need volunteers with lots of skills!! Are you interested in being a translator for Yizkor books? Do you have a background in coding or web development? If you would like to dedicate your time and skills please apply to volunteer by following this link:

Want to lead a Yizkor Book Project?

  •  If you are interested in being a Project Coordinator, please see this “Getting Started Guide” which should start you on the journey.

Become a supporter today!

 

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

JewishGen.org

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