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Jewish Studies



  • GEOBASE: Israel Regional Database
    A joint venture of the Social Sciences Data Archive and the GIS Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Monosson in the News
    “Fred Monosson, a Boston Jewish multimillionaire, purchased one of the first privately-owned portable color movie cameras in the 1940s, then traveled to Europe and Israel to record the historical formation of the state of Israel in color. He used color films, which nobody else could afford at that time. The films were later stored in a Boston attic and forgotten. His grandchildren recently cleaned out the house to prepare it for sale and were about to throw out the old films, believing that nobody would want them. However, one of the grandchildren decided to first call a friend who was an Israeli movie director.”

  • National Photo Collection
    From the Prime Minister’s Office, State of Israel.

  • Virtual Jerusalem
    The biggest Jewish community site on the Web.

Jewish Languages


  • Online Hebrew Tanach and Shas
    Full Hebrew text of the Tanach, Talmud Bavli, and Talmud Yerushalmi, from Snunit at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for Web browsing.


  • EYDES: Evidence of Yiddish Documented in European Societies
    The Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry, which recorded Yiddish interviews with Jewish émigrés in American and Israel in the 1960s, is being digitized, cataloged, and transcribed by the German EYDES organization, Förderverein für Jiddische Sprache und Kultur e.V.

  • Jewish Language Research Website
    A resource for linguists, Jewish Studies scholars, and the general public to learn about the speech and writing of Jews throughout history and around the world. It provides information about 14 Jewish languages: Hebrew, Jewish Aramaic, Jewish English, Jewish Malayalam, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-French, Judeo-Greek, Judeo-Iranian, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Portuguese, Judeo-Provençal, Judeo-Spanish/Judezmo/Ladino, and Yiddish.

  • Lilith Magazine Covers Yiddish
    Lilith’s archive of Yiddish-related resources, including original translations, reviews, biographies of female Yiddish writers, analysis of gender-bending in Yiddish theater, and more.

  • Shtetl: Yiddish Language and Culture Home Page
    Maintained by Iosif Vaisman, University of North Carolina.

  • Yiddish Forward

  • Yiddish-Language Playscripts
    One of the Library of Congress’ American Memory collections.

  • Yiddish Radio Project
    The project is dedicated to rescuing every surviving recording from the golden age of Yiddish radio and to disseminating knowledge and interest in the forgotten radio renaissance these recordings bring to life. Sounds clips are available.

  • Yiddish Sources
    Information for those who are interested in using Yiddish materials in their research. It is arranged in three main sections: reference, research, and events. A new addition is the Yiddish Studies Bibliography, which lists relevant scholarly literature in the field of Yiddish Studies.

  • YiddishWeb

Jewish History and Culture

  • The Lost Synagogues of Detroit
    Most of the synagogues can be found along or near Linwood and Dexter, south of Davison in the once predominantly Jewish near west side of Detroit. Today all of the synagogues are Christian houses of worship for members of Detroit’s African American community.

  • Milken Archive of American Jewish Music
    An international undertaking to record, preserve and distribute a vast cross-section, comprising hundreds of outstanding pieces of American Jewish music from the past 350 years.

  • Online Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts
    This project of The Jewish National and University Library, David and Fela Shapell Family Digitization Project, and the Hebrew University Department of Talmud brings together images of major Talmudic manuscripts from libraries throughout the world. As the manuscripts are entirely in Hebrew and Aramaic, the navigation tools of this site are in Hebrew.

  • Princeton Geniza Project
    Links to transcriptions as well as to digitized images from the Taylor-Schechter Collection.

  • Southern Israelite
    Newspaper published in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    Over a five-year period approximately 100 films are being added annually until over 500 full films will be viewable over the Internet. It is the Archive’s hope that this pioneering effort will be of benefit to all users, whether for purposes of study, research or production. Over 300 films are currently available.

  • 350 Years of American Jewish History
    Features a “This Month in American Jewish History” section.

  • Welcome to the Hazor Excavations
    Provides information about Tel Hazor, an ancient Canaanite and Israelite city located in the north of modern day Israel, and information for prospective volunteers who may wish to participate in further excavations at Hazor.

  • The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
    “Provides the most complete picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present.”


Jewish Literature

Societies, Associations, and Other Organizations

Libraries and Archives

  • Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
    The American Jewish Archives houses over ten million pages of documentation. Digitized samples of the Manuscript, Microfilm, and Family Genealogies Collections are forthcoming.

  • The Central Zionist Archives
    The official historical archives of the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Fund, Keren Hayesod, and the World Jewish Congress, as well as the personal papers of individuals involved in the Zionist movement.

  • Database of American Jewish Historical Repositories
    Provides scholars with leads about potential locations for research in archives, museums, libraries, synagogues, newspapers, or communal organizations.
  • Hebraica and Judaica Collections at Stanford

  • Jewish National and University Library
    Located at Hebrew University, Givat Ram campus, Jerusalem. Search its online catalog in either English or Hebrew. Also browse its Digitized Book Repository, which includes some 400 public domain volumes from 15th century incunabula to early 20th century works.

  • The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America

  • Jewish Women’s Archive
    The Jewish Women’s Archive, in Brookline, Massachusetts, presents the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America. It creates and disseminates educational materials, develops partnerships, sponsors programs, conducts and supports original research, and maintains an innovative Web site designed to help us understand our past and shape our future.

  • Judaica Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
    Provides an integrated picture of Penn’s entire Judaica holdings, services, and resources, both on campus - including the Weigle Judaica and Ancient Near East Seminar Reading Room (JANES) in Van Pelt - and at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies library (CAJS).

  • The Judaica Archival Project Virtual Library
    “A new approach to Jewish Studies—the library comes to you.” A preservation and access program of Machon Mekorot Institute, operating at The Jewish National and University Library (JNUL), on the Hebrew University Givat Ram campus in Jerusalem. The Judaica Archival Project has preserved over half a million pages from thousands of rare, out-of-print and classic Hebrew works in rabbinics at JNUL. Reproductions of these may be ordered from this site.

  • Leo Baeck Institute
    A research center for the history of German-speaking Jewry.

  • The Leona G. and David A. Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives
    At the University of Arizona.

  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
    YIVO is dedicated to the study and preservation of the Eastern European Jewish heritage. Since its founding in 1925 YIVO has become the world’s preeminent research institute and academic center for Eastern European Jewish Studies.

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