Synagogues Hall, Beit Hatefutsot (Museum of the Jewish People)
This is part of a $2.6m initiative spearheaded by Israel’s Ministry of Social Equality to build an international Oral History archive of Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews sharing their personal stories.
In partnership with Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of Jewish Peoplehood and Yad Ben Zvi Institute, the project enables individuals anywhere in the world to capture the personal stories of Jews from North Africa and the Middle East and add them to the growing international collection utilizing basic mobile technologies. The user-friendly “Seeing the Voices” Mobile Application guides individuals through the process of the interview from start to finish. Users are provided with a step-by-step guide and questionnaire to conduct and video record testimonies with their phones. Each interview collected with the mobile application is automatically added to Israel’s official database of testimonies and are made available for viewing online.
Since 2018, JIMENA staff have worked with the Israeli team on developing the English version of the application. The stories recorded with the aid of the app will form part of a centralised archive.