The Association for Jewish Studies is excited to announce a new partnership with Clio, an educational website and mobile application that guides the public to thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States. Built by scholars for public benefit, each entry includes a concise summary and useful information about a historical site, museum, monument, landmark, or other site of cultural or historical significance. In addition, “time capsule” entries allow users to learn about historical events that occurred around them. Each entry offers turn-by-turn directions as well as links to relevant books, articles, videos, primary sources, and credible websites. This project also has major pedagogical potential from utilizing the app in your classes to working with your students in crafting new entries.
To make this partnership a success, though, we need your help! The site has a couple hundred entries related to Jewish history, and we hope to expand these and create more so that we might connect more people to history and even create heritage trails and walking tours in a variety of communities and states. We are seeking volunteers to create entries for the system that will be tagged as official AJS entries and which we hope will be curated at a later date into AJS Jewish Walking Tours on their system. We are excited about this project because it ties directly into the AJS’s mission “to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public.” The mobile app has already had 80,000 downloads and we are excited to partner with the app’s scholarly community to enhance the database’s information around Jewish sites.
Are you ready to help? If so, click this quick link to express your interest. We’re looking both for individuals who want to contribute entries (those of you in non-urban areas are especially encouraged to participate) as well as a few individuals to serve as “approvers” for our AJS entries. While this is currently a non-remunerative project for the AJS or its contributors, should there be enough interest down the line by our members to participate, we will investigate the potential of grant funding at that time.
We hope you’ll join us in this new partnership!