Unlocking the Voices of our Community
Hear O'Washington is a new multi-year initiative launched in 2020
Learn about Jewish life in Washington state past and present preserved through recorded Oral Histories.
Schedule a meeting to discuss your/your family's history digital museum exhibit.
More information about each service is available at the link.
Featured podcast: Ladino Refranes
There are many ways to capture voices in the digital age. We have extended beyond the traditional oral history to feature voices from the Seattle Sephardic Network grappling with idioms, insults and dirty words in the Ladino language, once spoken by over 500,000 Jews.
Featured Video: Interview with Miri Cypers, Regional Director of the ADL
The Hear O'Washington Committee Chair is Jeremy Ehrlich.
Volunteer with the Hear O'Washington Committee as an interviewer, transcriber, community researcher, or digital curator. There are jobs for everyone. Use this link and enter HOW Committee along with your specific interest(s) and any questions you may have in the "additional details" box on the form.
Submitting your story is different than the HO'W initiative that features larger and more extensive interviews. Submitting your story to a specific exhibit ensures your important story and experience is preserved in the context of a larger digital exhibit.
You can submit a short story, audio or video file, and accompany image and preserve your experience during the time of coronavirus.
Agents of Change are remarkable Jewish women (that's you) of Washington State who have made their mark, created change, and inspired others. Share your story about how you broke a barrier, stood up to lead, went above and beyond, or achieved something great.
Our latest podcast takes a deep dive into the Washington State Jewish Archives, featuring interviews with some of our region's most legendary figures, including executives from the Seahawks and Supersonics, the founder of Costco, and the longtime leader of the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz.
Funding for Shema: Hear O'Washington is made possible by all of our generous sponsors and, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and by Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020
Washington State Jewish Historical Society is dedicated to discovering, preserving, and disseminating the history of the Jews of Washington state and promotes interest in and knowledge of the life, history, and culture of the Jewish people and communities through publications, exhibits, displays, speakers, tours, and performance.