COVID-19 Documentation Project

We are living through a formative period in our community’s history. The global outbreak of COVID-19 and the response of countries and communities around the world will be the study of researchers for years to come. With restrictions on gatherings, Jewish traditions are being transformed. There have been Zoom bar mitzvahs, brit milot, baby namings and even funerals. On April 8, 2020, thousands of Jews across the province celebrated Passover in a completely different way than before. What will future generations know about how the COVID-19 pandemic uniquely affected the Jewish community?

We are looking for photos, films, audio and video recordings, journals and reflections, email correspondence, recipes, and artwork (digital captures of music, drawing, poetry, and painting) documenting your experiences during this unprecedented period. The records will become part of the COVID-19 Documentation Project collection at the OJA.

View the COVID-19 Collection

Please read the Terms and Conditions before submitting using the form below. Alternatively, you can email your submissions to

For donations of physical materials, please contact an archivist.