Homestead Hebrew Data combines my experience in historical and genealogical research with my expertise in technology to reassemble the history of the overlooked Jewish community in America's most famous steel town, Homestead, Pennsylvania. The name of my project comes from the town's synagogue, the Homestead Hebrew Congregation, 1894-1993.

Over the years, I've collected an enormous amount of data about the people in this community. I've transcribed synagogue records unearthed from the archives, read through miles of newspaper microfilm, and pinned tens of thousands of genealogy records to a tree covering all of Homestead's Jewish families. I've collected real estate records from downtown Pittsburgh, tax records from Harrisburg, business records from the Library of Congress, bankruptcy records from Philadelphia, and on and on and on. I then digitized these records to analyze them in aggregate for answers I could not find anywhere else about the composition and growth of the community. Now I have results upon which to build a robust history to demonstrate unequivocally that Homestead, Pennsylvania once had a significant Jewish community who made enduring contributions to the life of the town.

For an introduction to this website, please watch this 20-minute presentation I recently gave at a conference hosted by the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center at Tel Aviv University.

I continue to add records to the site, as well as to post new analyses of all the data I've compiled, so please check back. Thank you for your interest!

Tammy Hepps, HomesteadHebrews.com


Family History Technology Workshop

2017 presenter (slides). 2020 presenter (slides).

Personal Digital Archiving Conference

2019 presenter.

International Jewish Genealogy Conference

2019 presenter.

2019 presenter.

Software for the Past conference

2020 presenter.

A World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey - Digital Humanities in Jewish Studies conference

2021 presenter.