Yiddish Book Center

Strategy, archive and website

About the project

  • Highly flexible Drupal website combined with online archives
  • Representing their unrivalled archives online
  • Successfully incorporating Yiddish and Roman search and display
  • Uniting five distinct archives of books and recordings for the first time
  • Underpinned by a comprehensive digital strategy

The Yiddish Book Center is a cultural institution dedicated to the preservation of books in the Yiddish language as well as the culture and history those books represent.

Following digital strategy consultancy, the new site that Cogapp and the Center built together is a highly flexible Drupal website combined with online archives, uniting five distinct archives of books and recordings for the first time. 

The new website that we built together uses a custom 'data mill' to extract and combine metadata on their disparate archives, so that they can be presented together and searched seamlessly. 

The Center needed a flexible website that would allow them to tell their stories the way they want to. For the first-time, they are now able to use Yiddish throughout the site, and the site and archives can be searched in Yiddish and English. 

The Yiddish Book Center rescued and preserved a culture. We are proud to have helped them in the next stage of their mission: sharing that culture with the world. 


See also

Unifying disparate archives project underway for YIVO


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"As I learnt about the Yiddish Book Center - their story, their mission - they immediately felt like an organisation Cogapp had an affinity with. It has been a privilege to work with Aaron, Susan and Randi and their colleagues to bring their vision to life"

Ben Rubinstein, Technical Director, Cogapp

"A sheynem dank—thank you to our good friends @cogapp for their beautiful, brilliant work on our new website"


Key services

  • Web Development
  • User Experience
  • Usability Testing
  • Strategy Consulting
  • Information Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Content Management