There are a lot of smartphone apps devoted to Jewish heritage and travel (both for armchair and on-site visitors) — and the list is constantly growing. Every so often we like to highlight some that have caught our attention — you can see apps we have mentioned in the past by clicking here.
Here are just a few we’ve seen recently:
An app prepared by the REDISCOVER project and available in both Android and IOS.
Key features include guided tours of the New Synagogue, the masterpiece of the architect Lipot Baumhorn, and the Jewish cemetery (where Baumhorn also designed the ceremonial hall), as well as guided walks through the city featuring Jewish monuments, buildings associated with Jewish history (including homes and the Old Synagogue), and stories about people. places and activities.
The app is available in English, Hungarian, Serbian and Romanian languages.
It also includes interactive features such as the possibility of sending virtual postcards.
The project is implemented from the Danube Transnational Program, with the support of the European Regional Development Fund, co-financed by the European Union and the Hungarian State.
Subotica, Serbia Synagogue App
The app — available in Serbian, Hungarian, and English — provides a guided tour of the spectacular Synagogue in Subotica, Serbia, which was reopened to the public in 2018 after a full restoration.
The synagogue was designed by Marcell Komor and Dezső Jakab, partner architects from Budapest, and built between 1900 and 1903 in a the “Hungarian art nouveau” style, which incorporates Hungarian folk motifs in the decoration.
The app includes the history of the building as well as 360 degree panoramic photos that constitute a sort of visual virtual tour.
These isn’t really an app….but if you go to THIS LINK on your smartphone or tablet you will find a series of audio guides keyed to to 21 Jewish heritage sites in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, providing historical information and stories about people and places — from synagogues to the vast Jewish cemetery to the onetime Maccabi sports field.
And if you go to THIS LINK you will find audio guides to Jewish heritage and history sites in Chişinău, Moldova.
There are also photos — and the links also take you to the web sites for the guides, which you can access on your computer. They have interactive maps that connect with the audio and text versions stories.
The Audio Walks are part of Centropa.org’s Trans.History project.