I have been extremely busy over the past few weeks doing things to improve the look and feel of our sister site Jewish Communities and Research – United Kingdom (JCR-UK) www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk, and negotiating with the Gibraltar Jewish Community for the inclusion of their vital records.
Firstly JCR-UK’s new look. The main site had not been radically redesigned since its inception over ten years ago and was looking old fashioned and terribly bitty without a theme continuing through all pages. Having designed a main and subsidiary template, with new font and colour, I set about putting all the old pages onto it. I had not realised what a deep and fascinating website JCR-UK is until I started. Although I knew the idea was to cover every congregation and community in the United Kingdom (including Southern Ireland, now the Republic of Ireland), the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, I had not realised how extensive that coverage was. There are approximately 5,000 pages as part of the site and that doesn’t include vital records which are found at www.jewishgen.org/databases/UK.
JCR-UK’s webmaster, David Shulman, has done a wonderful job since he took over some seven or eight years ago. He has written pages on the Jews of England Pre 1290, updated most of the congregational pages with more information and just yesterday included a list of synagogues that were destroyed or partial destroyed by German bombs in WWII. He must be congratulated on a superb job well done.
I hope you will be pleased with the new look of the website and will be able to surf around it more easily.