The Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoC)
The Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoC) is a collaborative and cooperative digital library designed to preserve and provide wide access to Jewish heritage materials from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoc) is being built with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanitiies (NEH) Challenge Grant awarded to the George A. Smathers Libraries in 2014. JDoC also preserves digital copies of materials held in the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.
The Cuban Judaica collection comprises materials held in the library of the Temple Beth Shalom (Gran Sinagoga Bet Shalom) in Havana, Cuba. The synagogue library contains over 10,000 books, which were first gathered and arranged by Abraham Marcus Matterin, the founder of the cultural group, La Agrupacion Cultural Hebreo Cubana. In addition to Matterin’s own works, the materials in the library include many rare Yiddish publications from the early 20th century, as well as little-known works produced in Cuba beginning in the 1930s. The Library as a whole provides a complete snapshot of Cuban Jewish intellectual, cultural, religious and political life as it evolved and progressed during the 20th century.
Among the rare publications included here are the Habanera Lebn journal, the main Cuban Jewish newspaper published between 1932-1960; Israelia, a Spanish-language newspaper which circulated as a monthly during the 1950s, as well as many other Cuban Jewish publications. This collection wi