Diarna, “our home” in Judeo-Arabic, is a non-profit initiative that pioneers the use of Digital Mapping technologies, i.e. photography and video, to explore and preserve the unfolding of Jewish history. Because Jewish antiquities, synagogues, cemeteries, shrines, etc., are disappearing due to attrition or destructive outside forces, this project is the flip side of Home in Another Place, archiving endangered Jewish communities in portraiture.
Diarna is also a scholarly endeavor, and since its inception, has been focused on amassing visual and meta data from the Middle East, North Africa and Iran, eventually moving east to Turkey, India and Central Asia. All of the data is from contributing photographers. The project also benefits Muslims and Arabs as well, having access to learn more about their shared history.
Note: The 2,000 year old Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, also known as the Jobar Synagogue that is in the Syrian gallery, was tragically destroyed by the Assad Syrian Army in 2014.