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UNLV Libraries Special Collections is home to the Dorothy Eisenberg Papers, a collection of historical materials donated by activist and "professional volunteer" Dorothy Eisenberg. Here is a sneak peek of some highlights of the collection that were digitized as part of the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project. Stay tuned for the official web portal, which will provide access to even more unique

I started working on the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project in early January. My main responsibilities are to collect archival materials that document the local Jewish community, process and describe these archival collections, and select items to be digitized and made available online. Working on this project has allowed me to learn about Las Vegas through the stories of

The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Records housed at UNLV University Libraries Special Collections include hundreds of photographs of the local Jewish community. Here is an advance look at some of the photos we are digitizing for inclusion in the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project web portal:

 

One must be a curious listener to be an oral historian. You must respect the narrator and value the responsibility of what is shared with you.  We are not reporters looking for the “story”. Instead we see ourselves as historians seeking to learn about a period of time, a geographical area or a social occurrence from the perspective of individuals who may have experienced it or learned about it

UNLV Libraries Special Collections is home to the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Records, a collection of historical materials created and donated by the Jewish Federation. Here is a sneak peek of some highlights of the collection that were digitized as part of the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project. Stay tuned for the official web portal, which will provide access to even

Jewish geography. Essentially this term is used to describe when two or more Jews get together and discover who knows whose Jewish friends and relatives. Until this project, I was unfamiliar with the significance of this term. Boy, do I know it now! And it actually is fun.

Though my role is to ask the questions and guide the oral history interviews, I am invariably asked where my family is

What's in your garage?

We sat down recently with Shelley Berkeley, Michael Cherry, Mark Fine, Elliot Karp, and Flora Mason, and asked them to share why they support the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project. Watch to learn more about when and why they came to Las Vegas, their thoughts about the Jewish community here, and why preserving this history is so important.

A General Overview

With smiles on our faces, we enter the sixth month of this project.

What began in August 2014 has gained enthusiastic support and participation of many community members. Advisory groups were formed and each has met once: the Community Advisory Council, the Advisors on Research and Education and the Holocaust Advisory Group. Together we identified organizations and individuals for oral

We are pleased to announce that Emily Lapworth has been appointed the Visiting Special Collections Librarian to serve as an archivist for the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project.  Emily will focus on acquiring and processing archival records as well as preparing biographical entries, organizational histories, and finding aids for the project.   Emily's first day on campus for