About the DJSA

The Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive has a unique history and vision. See the article in The Dartmouth of 8/7/03, or the article from the New York Times of November 30th 2002.

This archive grew out of a private collection assembled and digitally restored by Alex Hartov, a professor at the Thayer School of Engineering. The conceptual design of the Archive as a Web site for teaching and research is due to Lewis Glinert, Professor of Hebrew Studies at Dartmouth College.

The Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive database and Web site were developed as a collaborative effort between Lewis Glinert and Alex Hartov, and Jeff Bohrer and Sarah Horton of Academic Computing. The project was funded by a grant from Dartmouth's Computing Technology Venture Fund.

In its current form (circa 2015), the site was completely redesigned by the folks in Academic Computing at Dartmouth. 


How the DJSA works

We use an Oracle database to store the information about the songs and collections that comprise the archive. We use Ruby on Rails to provide a Web interface to the database.  The audio files are streamed using Kaltura.

A word on how "Social Media" access operates.

In light of concerns for privacy that have resulted from news about Facebook and how it "shared" data with various entities, we would like to communicate the following information:

  • When a user requests a facebook login to DJSA, they are informed (by facebook) that “Dartmouth Social Authentication” will have access to  email address, birth date, and location; the user must approve this access.
  • All Dartmouth applications that support social login use the same Dartmouth-owned process to authenticate; this process uses the “Dartmouth Social Login” account for all facebook login requests from all applications, the application name (e.g. DJSA) is not exposed to facebook.
  • Facebook *may* record logins.  The data that would be available would be: facebook user ID, the application that requested the login (“Dartmouth Social Authentication”) and the application owner (“Dartmouth IDM User”).
  • There is no data path from DJSA to facebook; facebook is used for authentication only.
  • Your user name or password are not known to us, that is Dartmouth.
  • Similar arrangements are in place with Yahoo and Google, the two other options for "Social Media" access.

 Lastly, none of this applies if you login using your Dartmouth NetID, which only students, staff and faculty at Dartmouth have.


Thanks to our contributors:

Special thanks are due to Bernice and Edward Gilman of Hull, Massachusetts for the donation of their collection of records from the Joseph Tall Hour radio show, which broadcast from sometime in the 1920s to 1973 in the Boston area.  Their collection was the start of this archive.  Since then many other kind folks have contributed collections, including Ms. Freidel Reznick of Washington DC who gave her husband's collection.  Max Reznick was the man behind the Jewish Hour on WARL for 41 years.

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund.

We also wish to acknowledge a gift from the Lewis M. and Josephine A. Schneider Fund In memory of Jacob and Sara Leah Shapiro, Flora Belle (Fay) Shapiro Schneider, Charlotte Shapiro, Hilda Shapiro Orens, and Gertrude Shapiro --all former residents of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

We are grateful  to the people and institutions who have contributed recordings to the archive (in no particular order):

Bernice & Edward Gilman, Hull, MA Laurence & Glenda Tall, Boston, MA Augie & Deborah Dworak, Cornish, NH
Vellina Steinberg, Lantana, FL Sylvia Katzman, Delray Beach, FL Gail & Robert Fishman, Boynton Beach, FL
Martha Flanders, Sharon, MA Phyllis Greisdorf, Delray Beach, FL Moshe Edvi, Kibbutz Ashdot Yakov, Israel
David Harris, Concord, NH Adam Solender, Manchester, NH Theodore Conant, Hanover, NH
Nason Hurowitz, Worcester, MA Myrna Katz Frommer & Harvey Frommer, Lyme, NH Brad Arrick, Plainfield, NH
John Pinto, Hanover, NH Erica St. Damien & Kern Wisner, Hanover, NH Rick Greenwald, Norwich, VT
Lewis Glinert, Newton, MA Rosalyn Tauber, Mamaroneck, NY Rafael Goldwaser, Strasbourg, France
Carol Rabin, New York, NY Bud McDonald, Portland, ME Walter & Eda Millard, New York, NY
Sherry Israel, Newton, MA Lawrence Lockerman, Newton, MA Millie Cohen, Boston, MA
Jean Duitch, Newton, MA Joel Klein, Manchester, NH Sidney Shear, Sharon MA
Rosalind Henwood, Boca Raton, FL Herbert Kummel, Hanover, NH Kathalie Gruggett, CA
Ned Lebow, Hanover NH Ruth Segal, Hanover NH Thelma & Arnold Shulins, Claremont NH
Solomon Liebowitz, New York NY Wolf Krakowski, Northampton MA Nicole Cormen, Lebanon NH
Joshua Jacobson, Boston MA Fred Kotter, Natick MA Sue and Phil Goldman, Newton MA
Lazar Greisdorf, Toronto Abraham Savitsky, Delray Beach FL Arthur Liebman, Newton MA
Norbert Weinberg, Newton MA Aviva Lev-Ari, Newton MA Jamie Stolper, Newton MA
Vivienne Kalman, Weston MA Ruth Nemzoff, Newton MA Fay & Lou Wilgoren, Brookline MA
Jan Schwartz, Wellesley MA Lawrence Milner, Newton MA Lew Schneider, Newton MA
Bill Hahn Producer & Host www.wfdu.fm, New York NY Yossele from www.BobovBroadcast.com, London UK Jacob Giller, Framingham MA
Sheila and Morris Kipnis, Malden MA Rick and Sharon Levine, Chelsea MA. In memory of their parents Maurice and Jean Levine who taught 1st and 2nd grade at the Chelsea Hebrew Academy. Sharry Rosenberg, Woodbury NY. In loving memory of her grandmother Ida Cohen
Mark Hurwitz, New York NY Helen and Alfred Weisel, Hartford CT The New England Society for the Preservation of Recorded Sound (NESPRS)
Mervin Gray, Newton MA The Bronfman Jewish Education Center of Montreal Ann Altman, Hamden CT
Anthony Davidson, Queens NY Roger Swearingen, Santa Rosa CA Ellis Rollet, Hanover NH
Jan Schwartz & Verna Moidel, Newton MA Elliot Honig, Worcester MA  
Karen Golden & Michael Mandel, Toronto Michel Abraham, Paris Glen Gurwit, Swanton VT
Sheldon Benjamin, Brookline MA Hirsh Cashdan, London UK Marvin Galper, San Diego CA
Daniel Siegel, Hornsby Island BC Elazar M Teitz, Elizabeth NJ Miriam Bloomberg, Newton MA
Kayla Werlin, Hadley MA Gaston Bogomolni, Needham MA Michael Aylward, London UK
Ilene Safyan, Portland OR Margie Rosenthal, Portland OR Charlie Bernhaut, New York NY
Hannah Aroeste and Family, Newton MA Ed Eisen, Willingboro NJ Pavel Greenberg, Tel Aviv
Michael Mandel, Toronto Joseph Levine, Philadelphia PA Gabriella Tal, Chapel Hill NC
Jerome Schwell, Groton CT Mark Tannin, Brooklyn NY Jewish Music Institute, SOAS, University of London
Jose Fritz, King of Prussia PA Stuart Friedman, University of Maryland

Mendel Moscowitz, Chicago IL

 Maxine Cooper, Henderson NV David Leibowitz, Albany NY Micahel Oberst, Gainsville Fl
Misha Gerschel, Warwick NY Lisa Schachner, Media PA Mark Schwartz, Englewood NJ
Debra Krasnow, Needham MA Ezra Lasdon, NY NY Jamie Marx, New Orleans LA
Rebecca Landay Charles, Oak Ridge TN Carmella Chessen, Forest Hills NY Irmgard Zentman
Rikki Lipitz, South Orange NJ Mary Schuster, Forest Hills NY Jane Stiefel, Forest Hills NY
Arthur Hilsenrad, Baltimore MD Lee Wernick, Sharon MA Ian Kay
Eric Ellman, North Bethesda MD Irit Magries, Schenectady NY Vicky Slavin, Belmont MA
Scott offen, Newton MA George Glass, Cape Coral FL Hilary Hemingway, Cape Coral FL
Robert Freedman, Philadelphia PA Alan Aymes, Shrewsbury MA Elliott Gerberg, Bedford MA
William Kahane, Ventnor City NJ Ernest Steiner, Monsey NY Jeffrey Blaustein, Amherst MA
Sharon Pohoryles, Chevy Chase MD Joan Teller, Portland OR Mr. Hanovitch, Australia
Harriette Steinberg, Union NJ Nachum Neiman, Tel Aviv  Arlene Fruchter, Brookline MA
Ellen Weingold, Hartford CT Rosalyn Kaganoff, Brookline MA Yosef Bitan, Ramat Hasharon, Israel
Barbara Krinitz, West Lebanon NH Daphne Fautin, Medford OR Ira Epstein, Brooklyn NY
Ira Wisotzek, Newton PA Shirley Feldman, Sterling IL Lauren Silverstein, Mendham NJ 
David and Chips Naparstek, Boxborough MA Mac and Louise Campbell, Hartford CT Lou Tretakoff, Duxbury MA
 Hebrew College, Newton MA Ruth Rin, Burlington MA David Shapiro, Colmar Manor MD
 Mel and Evelyn Shadowitz, Dollard-des-Ormeaux Quebec Mr. and Mrs. Michaeli, Wayland MA, in memory of Altalena Michaeli Marcia Nad, Orange NJ
National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst MA David Leff, Hartford CT Moshe Libson, Karnei Shomron, Israel
Shlomit Grossman, Tel Aviv, Israel Victoria Pynchon, Los Angeles CA Jeff Levinn, Honeoeye Falls NY
Sam Annis, Calabasas CA Sam and Susan Massey, Brookeville MD David Shapiro, Brighton MA
Bernice Aoreste, Newton MA Marilyn Michaels, NY NY  Allen Friedland, Spring Valley NY
Hillel Torah, Skokie IL Rivke Reid, Yonkers NY GM Chorale, Middleton CT
Janaki Kurupu, Rockville MD Rhea Tok, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec Gerald Krachsky, Tolland CT
Gary Bart, Beverly Hills CA Ron Orenstein, Boston MA Rachel Weis, NYC
Benno Weis, NYC Dov and Shelly Bard Esther Silverstone, Newton MA
Rose Shill, ME Anton Johannes, Pine Bush NY Nissah Mattenson, Highland Park IL
Milton Rapkin, Rochester NY Natalie Weis, Los Angeles CA Debby Szajnberg, Rochester NY
Marcia and Rick Eisenberg, Rochester NY Davida Haas, Newton MA Paul Heller, Willimantic CT
Louis Heller, Willimantic CT Joel Ackerman, Richmond CA Sandor Farkas, Newton MA
Shari Klafter, Newton MA Dan Goldish, Newton MA Rebecca Bloom, Fairfield CT
Rabbi George Hershfeid, Brooklyn NY Bernard Wichert, Germany David Lennick, Toronto
Stephen Provizer, Brookline MA Abraham Fasten, Boro Park NY Salkovitz family, Wilmington DE
Nancy Light, Rockville MD Estelle Tapper, Concord MA Phyllis Koch, West Babylon NY
Phyllis Mark, Birmingham AL Hadas Rin, Oakland CA Janice Scherr, Pikesville MD
Roberta and Manny Helzner, Gaithersburg MD Karen Thursby, Peoria AZ William Fontaine, Hanover NH
Barbara Klaff, Virginia Beach VA  Linda Stein, New York NY  Yossi Stein, West Vancouver, BC Canada
 Sharon Rosenfield Malumphy, Akron OH  Kenny Wintman, Brookline Ma  Temple Isaac M Wise, Cincinnati OH
 Dodie Stein, Indianapolis IN  R Myerowitz, Bethesda MD  Jane Peppler, Chapel Hill NC
 Ruth Levin, Jerusalem, Israel  Sandy Tabatchnick, Virginia Beach VA  hannah N Sivak, Gilbert AZ
 George Thatcher, Albuquerque NM  Atarah Twersky, Newton MA  Dreyfus Family, Torrance CA
 Saul Stahl, Lawrence KS  Blema Goodman  Dr. D B Karron, Long Beach NY
Juliio Sklar Marsha Baron-Berg, Shrewsury MA Elliott Horch, New Haven CT
D V Brass, Brooklyn NY Harold Levy, Toronto Mr. Moskowitz, New York NY
Faitel Lewin and Family, Brooklyn NY Dr Gabriel Birnbaum, Bnei Brak Israel Hector Marrero, Beersheva Israel
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco, CA Jason Hurowitz, Worcester MA  Temple Mt Sinai, El Paso TX
 Harvey Sukenic, Newton MA  Jon Rishel, Chicopee MA  Ruth Schoenberg, Brooklyn NY
Devora Gronauer, Hanover NH Carmen Cunha, Pompano Beach FL Ehud and Varva Spielman, Pompano Beach FL
Lawrence Bach, El Paso TX Eileen Hinds Linda Ross
Claire Lee, Cincinnati OH Claire Weis Myra Melamed, Brooklyn NY
Rivy Chapman, St Pete Beach FL Albert Lelchuk, Henderson NV  Tamar Smith, Fair Lawn NJ
 Eugene Secunda, New York NY  Judith Stein, Pittsburgh PA  Marianne Feifer, Avon Ct
 Dave Draxler, Mosier OR  Nancy Lev, Sudbury MA  Barbara Brown, Hanover NH
 Sam and Mimi Bogen, Tyngsboro MA  Ethan Goldberg, Mamaroneck NY  Shaina Stolik, Boca Raton FL
 Michael Luckens, Watertown MA  Alexander Lewin, Rockville MD  Arnold Gruber, Edgewater MD
 Harvey Bock, Newton MA  Ruth Shachter, Newton MA  YIVO, New York NY
 Menachem Kozlovsky, Brooklyn NY  The Modzitz Institutions of New York  Eleonore Biezunsky, YIVO, New York NY
 United Synagogue of Hoboken, Hoboken NJ  I A David, Wilmington DE  Lawrence A Kobrin, New York NY
Lori Silverstone, Newton MA Ken Cohen, Northridge CA Peter Rogol, Westville NJ
Fred Grabiner, Delray Beach FL Jonathan Hirst, NJ  

The following people and departments were crucial in setting up this site:

  • Otmar Foelsche for the initial prototype of this site
  • Dartmouth College Academic Computing for putting the site together
  • Dartmouth Computing Venture Fund for initial financial support
  • Dartmouth Provost's Office for additional support 
  • Dartmouth's Language Lab for hosting the site
  • Micheal Olushoga '08 CS major for creating the PHP/MySQl/Apache system on which the archive was built
  • Larry Kenny '11 for maintaining the site and implementing album playback
  • Anup M. Dhamala '13 for implementing the playlist feature, HTML5 player and mobile playback
  • The Neukom Institute at Dartmouth for supporting students working on the project

The new version of the DJSA Web Application was designed and built by the Academic and Web Applications Group, with support from the Identity Management and Database Administrator Teams, all belonging to Dartmouth's Institutional Information Systems & Services (IISS).