JGSGB General Meeting – “Hobart Synagogue Digital Archive” by Jeff Schneider – Sun Feb 27th 2022 10am #events

Peter Heilbrunn

Our next meeting in the JGSGB Virtual Meeting Programme is a General Meeting on a Tasmanian/Australasian theme by Zoom.

•             Date: Sunday Feb 27th 2022

•             Time: 10:00 London; 05:00 New York; 12:00 Jerusalem; 21:00 Hobart

•             Title: “Hobart Synagogue Digital Archive”

•             Speaker: Jeff Schneider

•             Description: The history of Hobart's tiny Jewish community is long and remarkable.  It is a curious story of survival that is reflected in the Hobart Synagogue, Australia’s oldest synagogue still in use (1845).   We will explore the stories found in the synagogue's online collection, which feature a variety of digitised documents that date back to 1838.  There will be a special emphasis on the British roots of the congregation and how these connections were still a significant part of Tasmania's Jewish community identity well into the 20th century.

There is a fee of £5 for non JGSGB members. Please use this link to apply https://tixoom.app/leighdworkin/jbqgfq34


If you have problems joining please email chairman@... , preferably in the 15 minutes before the meeting proper starts.

About Jeff Schneider

Jeff Schneider is a Collections Analyst that works with cultural institutions to build and share digital collections.  He is president of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation.

Jeff has been a member of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation since moving to Tasmania in 2014. He and his wife Lisa are the parents of two young children and love living and raising a family in Hobart.

Jeff Schneider

Originally from Baltimore in the United States, Jeff grew up in a large Jewish community. He was raised in a Masorti synagogue and had a particular connection with traditional Jewish food, as his mother was a professional pastry chef who provided many goods to the local Jewish delicatessen. Jeff spent many nights with his family rolling rugelach and teiglach, and taste-testing mandelbrot. As a teenager Jeff’s connection with Judaism was strengthened by participating in the Maccabi Youth Games, where he enjoyed meeting Jews from all over the world.

While living in Washington D.C. Jeff met Sydneysider Lisa when she was studying in the States. On their first trip to Australia in 2011, they spent a week on holiday in Tasmania during which they attended a Yom Kippur service at the Hobart Synagogue. Jeff and Lisa made their return to Tasmania in 2014.

Jeff thoroughly enjoys the Tasmanian lifestyle, with local food and outdoors activities being a main attraction. He is happy to be a member of such a historic and diverse congregation and to be in a position to make a positive impact on it.

Peter Heilbrunn
Amersham, England

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