Archive of the Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel

archiveThe Archive building at Shefayim

The Archive has been created, maintained and financed be the Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel that is functioning since 1947. The main goal of our Association was and remains mutual assistance, help to the needy, commemoration of the Jewish communities in these two Baltic countries and the victims of the Holocaust and contacts with our landsmen all over the world.

The Archive is situated at the compound of the Hof Hasharon Regional Council Education Center, near Kibbutz Shefayim. The Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel has contributed considerable funds which made the erection of this compound possible. Within the main building of the campus facilities are provided  for the Association which include a memorial meeting hall, library, archive and office.

The Archive has a great number of books and historical records on the life of Latvian and Estonian Jewish communities from many sources and donors. The Archive is sponsored financially by the Association and by donations from friends and visitors.

The material in the Archive is in the following languages: Hebrew, English, Russian, Yiddish, Latvian and German. There are books on various Jewish communities and oral testimonies. There are also photos and books of genealogical interest.

Material can be photocopied on the spot. It is only done by the librarians. Searches can be ordered from abroad by e-mail or telephone for а charge of $20 per search and $0.50 for each document copy.

In the meeting hall and hallway, pictures of Jewish life and Holocaust in various communities. historical documents and news-paper are exhibited.

Persons of Latvian/Estonian origin are invited to create their family file and send their documents to be included into the Archive.


The Archive is located at Shefayim, close to the main coastal highway Tel Aviv – Haifa

Open Sunday and Wednesday 10:00 to 13:00. Other days, by appointment only.

Tel. 09-9596532 (in Israel), +972 9 9596532 (from abroad), e-mail  Access map