About the Oster Visual Documentation Center

If a picture paints a thousand words, then the Bernard H. and Miriam Oster Visual Documentation Center of Beit Hatfutsot speaks countless volumes.

Visual Documentation

Indeed, the Center is one of the richest and most diverse collections of photographs depicting Jewish history, heritage, creativity and communal life, and over 800 rare films and self-produced documentaries about Jewish life across the globe.

The Center constitutes an internationally recognized center of Jewish documentation. It is a valuable resource for scholars, publishers, journalists, the media, institutions and members of the general public who are interested in Jewish culture, history and communal life.

The visual documentation collections cover a vast array of Jewish life, including: communities, synagogues, public institutions, culture, art, holidays, ceremonies, family and home life, lifestyles, trades, professions, key personalities and events.

To get started, search the databases website

Searching While Visiting the Museum

Searching the database is available at the study area on the ground floor. Visitors can access the visual database, as well as all the other databases: family names, Jewish communities, genealogy, music, personalities and lexicon.

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Opening Hours of the Study Area: (at the lobby)

Sunday-Thursday: 10am-4pm; Friday: 9am-1pm

To receive more information about the photo and video collections, or to donate photographs, prints, slides, or films, please contact the Bernard H. and Miriam Oster Visual Documentation Center at simonab@bh.org.il or tel: 972-3-7457850.

To enquire about the availability of a particular visual document on a specific subject, please fill in the Search Form.