Scholar in Resident - Laura Eckstein

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 10:00am
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TBT proudly welcomes LAURA ECKSTEIN who is the Coordinator of Judaica Digital Humanities at University of Pennsylvania and part of a ground-breaking “crowdsourcing effort to sort and transcribe handwriting on thousands of documents discarded hundreds of years ago, known as the Cairo Geniza.”

see:  https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/reclaiming-fragmented-history

some background information:

“A genizah is a storage area in a Jewish synagogue or cemetery designated for the temporary storage of worn-out-Hebrew language books and papers on religious topics prior to proper burial.”

“The Cairo Genizah is a collection of some 300,000 Jewish manuscript fragments that were found in the genizah or storeroom of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, Egypt.” These manuscripts date from approximately 870 CE to the 19th century.

Laura Eckstein graduated from Haverford College in 2016, following which she worked at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (in connection with Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion). She is presently the Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator at University of Pennsylvania.

 

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