Diarna is working to digitally preserve the physical remnants of Jewish history throughout the region. We are in a race against time to capture site data and record place-based oral histories before even the memories of these communities are lost. Diarna pioneers the synthesis of digital mapping technology, traditional scholarship, and field research, as well as a trove of multimedia documentation. All of these combine to lend a virtual presence and guarantee untrammeled access to Jewish historical sites lest they be forgotten or erased.
Diarna’s digital preservation of sites and memories may be the only way to ensure untrammeled access to endangered Jewish sites (schools, cemeteries, synagogues, shrines, and other structures) across the Middle East and North Africa.
There is, however, a limited amount of time to document as many as possible of the sites and memories that are still extant, decades after communities have completely disbanded or atrophied, structures have decayed or been destroyed, and political strife has stymied physical preservation efforts.
What remains is in danger of being irrevocably lost.
Our team members, inspired by the project’s purpose, give generously of their time and talents, allowing for a most efficient operating budget.
The Slingshot Fund’s evaluators, in recognizing us for the second time as amongst the 50 most innovative Jewish projects in North America (2011-2012), praised how Diarna returns “a huge impact for each dollar invested.”
Whatever form your help may take, thank you, in advance, for your support.