Judaic Studies

Statistics

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The Data Bank archives and makes available electronically questionnaires, reports and data files from the National Jewish Population Surveys (NJPS) of 19711990 and2000-01.  The Data Bank is the sole distributor of the NJPS 2000-01 dataset, and has archived a large collection of related materials.

In addition to the NJPS studies, the Data Bank provides access to other national Jewish population reportsJewish population statistics and approximately 200
local Jewish community studies from the major Jewish communities in North America.

Recommended Databases (articles, etc.)

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Open access to a growing library of 14,000+ policy-relevant documents from leading authors, journals, and organizations.

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RAMBI is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies, and in the study of Eretz Israel. The database compiles sources from thousands of periodicals, mainly from the Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem. Users can search in English and Hebrew, and can save results in personal folders. Bibliographic information provided by the database contains author, title, location of original article, subject headings, and year of publication. RAMBI also provides links to catalogs at other libraries in Israel, as well as other indexes and bibliographic resources.

Additional Databases (articles, etc.)

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Multisubject database providing citations, abstracts and full text articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers.
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Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other side of the story," Ethnic NewsWatch titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press. Coverage begins in 1990. Some Judaica periodicals are included.
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The JSTOR archive presents high-resolution page images for viewing and printing articles in combination with a linked text file for each article that enables full text searching. JSTOR is unique in that complete archives of core scholarly journals have been digitized, starting with the very first issues, many of which were published as far back as the nineteenth century. Wide range of articles in Judaic Studies is included.
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Find full text articles published in major newspapers, magazines and journals around the world, as legal information for your term papers.
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context presents viewpoint essays, topic overviews, news articles and primary source documents on social issues of current interest such as Offshore Drilling, Climate Change, Health Care, Immigration, Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered Species, and Terrorism.  Brings together viewpoint articles, overviews, statistics, biographies of social activists, court cases, profiles of government agencies and special interest groups, newspaper and magazine articles. Links to more than 1,800 web sites.

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Multisubject database providing access to hundreds of journals online. Best coverage in humanities, and social sciences. Wide range of journals in Judaic Studies is included.

Journals

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Aufbau was a prominent intellectual voice and a main forum for German Jewry in the United States and for dialogue between the United States, Europe and Israel. Since January 2005 it is published in Berlin, Germany only in German. It may be used as primary source of information.
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Jewish European Magazine in English, German and French. It may be used as primary source of information.
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Covering Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. The site is under construction, but the archives can be searched.
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Serving the Jewish community of greater New York. In covering the Jewish world, from Midtown to the Mideast, The Jewish Week and its award-winning editorial staff report on news, trends, features and analysis from Israel as well as from throughout the New York metropolitan area. A lot of helpful links.

Newspapers

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Haaretz is an independent daily newspaper with a broadly liberal outlook both on domestic issues and on international affairs. The paper is perhaps best known for its Op-ed page, where its senior columnists - among them some of Israel's leading commentators and analysts - reflect on current events. Haaretz plays an important role in the shaping of public opinion and is read with care in government and decision-making circles. [English]
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Hamodia was founded nearly 100 years ago in Eastern Europe with the active support and guidance of the foremost Torah leaders. After WW II, Hamodia resurfaced. The daily Hebrew-language edition, which was launched in 1950, emerged as the leading publication of the religious community in Israel. In 1998, the English-language weekend Hamodia was launched to serve the burgeoning Torah community in America and Europe, as well as the English-speaking community in Israel. In 2003, Hamodia introduced a daily edition. Hamodia's digital edition began in 2010. Digital archives are available on the web site from the end of 2012 to the present. Click on "Browse print archives," on the right of the site under "Hamodia Digital Edition."

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The world's top English-language daily newspaper covering Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.
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This is the former Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, but since September 19th, 2003 it did change its name as so many times before. It may be used as a primary source. It has a lot of links to Jewish affairs related sites.
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Covers Jewish history from 1917 from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Books & E-Books

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ebrary is an information delivery service that features a growing selection of more than 36,000 titles from more than 200 leading academic, STM, and professional publishers. It includes titles in the area of Judaic Studies.
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An electronic library containing hundreds of e-books including titles in the area of Judaic Studies.

Primary Sources

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Searchable JTS digitized archives: Judaica Americana; News about Jews; Ketubbot Collection; Rare Prints, as well as two cooperative projects: Ketubbot Digitization Project and Digital Scriptorium.
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Live radio, Israeli news and sports from Israel. [Hebrew and English]
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Maariv International, a significant Israeli news publication, is a respected source of information about Israel. Founded to serve Israelis living outside of Israel, coverage includes investigative reports, political analysis and editorials of current Israeli events, world news, culture and life. [Hebrew]
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Masa Acher is a monthly magazine dealing with the world in its widest sense: places, people, phenomena, cultures, religions, nature, ecology, geography, voyages, adventures and events in Israel and abroad. Masa Acher was first published in 1987 and is today Israel 's widest-read monthly. [Hebrew]
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Ynet : Ynet, Yedioth Ahronoth Group's web site, is Israel's most comprehensive authoritative source for real-time news and Hebrew content on the web. [Hebrew]
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Ynetnews is Israel's most comprehensive, authoritative daily source for 24/7 breaking news & current events from Israel and Jewish content. [English]
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Includes the Isaiah Scroll, War Scroll, Temple Scroll, Community Rule Scroll and the Commentary on the Habakkuk Scroll.

 

Bibliography

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A comprehensive survey of writings about the Holocaust and religious response, focusing on the impact of Christian anti-Semitism on the Holocaust and the Holocaust's impact on Christianity. Each of the four main sections of this text has an introductory essay, followed by annotated bibliographies of important texts. Users can search within the publication, and there are author and subject indexes.

Subject Directories

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This page contains numerous web site links to resources and information about Judaism. Visit Israel, learn about the Jewish religion, study Qabalah and learn about Jews from around the world and throughout history.
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For resources and information on Israel and Map Of Israel. Provides a lot of links: Israel, Map of Israel, Jewish Jewelry, Hebrew, News, Israeli music, Israeli newspaper, Jerusalem Israel, etc.
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The Jewish Virtual Library (formerly JSOURCE) is a division of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. The library provides links to History, Women, the Holocaust, Travel, Israel & the States, Judaic Treasures, Maps, Politics, Biography, Israel, Religion, Reference, Vital Statistics.
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Directory of Jewish resources: Jewish on the WELL; Shamash; Judaism and Jewish resources; Kenneth Kronenberg's Homepage; Megiddo Excavations; Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls; CENTER FOR ISRAEL & JEWISH STUDIES; Online Synagogue at MediaMOO; Project Genesis: The Jewish Learning Network; Responses to the Holocaust: A Hypermedia Sourcebook for the Humanities.
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Shamash: The Jewish Network, strives to be the highest quality central point of Jewish information and discussion on the Internet. Their mission is to provide state-of-the-art Internet tools to Jewish organizations and individuals who maintain discussion forums for the benefit of the Jewish community. Shamash serves the full spectrum of Jewish religious, educational, cultural, communal, and social service organizations interested in utilizing new electronic technologies to share information and deliver services to the Jewish community worldwide. Provides a lot of links to primary and secondary sources.
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Directory created by University of California with a lot of links in different areas of Judaic Studies.

Reference Resources

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This resource provides a history of the Judaic tradition and offers a portrait of contemporary American Judaic life. The text covers worship, beliefs, festivals, and life-cycle events, both traditional and non-traditional, and provides an explanation of the enormous variation in practice. Judaism in America als focuses on the emergence and development of the four branches of the religion: Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform. There is also a list of selected supplementary reading, as well as a list of links to electronic resources.

Encyclopedias

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Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures, Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition is important to scholars, general readers and students.
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Presents the current state of scholarship on fundamental issues of Judaism, both past and present. Emphasis is placed on the classical literature of Judaism and its history, however this edition also includes principal entries on contemporary issues. Written for an audience from all backgrounds, scholars and general readers alike.
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The second edition of a resource that is considered a standard reference in the field. Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. The original 2,750 entries have been retained, many heavily updated, and approximately 600 entirely new articles have been added by an international team of scholars and contributors.
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This is the first reference work to focus on the developmental process of religion and spirituality across the human life span. Spiritual development is an important part of human development that has links to identity development, moral development, and civic engagement. This encyclopedia offers insight into the characteristics of people and their contexts that interact to influence religious and spiritual development over time.
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A multidisciplinary approach that addresses all aspects of the dialogue between the sciences and the world's religions, reaching into the humanities as well as into the physical sciences and technology. Examines controversial issues such as human cloning and stem cell research long with more traditional questions such as the origins of life, the nature of sin, and the philosophy of science and religion. 4 volumes.
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In 1,800 pages across 3 volumes, Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers.

Dictionaries

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Covers every aspect of pagan, Jewish, and Christian religious discourses and phenomena traditionally labeled gnosticism, hermeticism, astrology, magic, the "occult sciences," esoteric religion, and more. Contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.
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Offers a focus for the study and understanding of Jewish-Christian relations internationally, both within and between Judaism and Christianity. Addresses not only the theological, but also the philosophical, historical, sociological and political dimensions of the ongoing encounter between Judaism and Christianity.

Libraries, Research Centers and Academic Departments

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The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), the intellectual and religious center of Conservative Judaism serves as the preeminent center for the academic study of Judaica outside of Israel, as one of the preeminent centers world-wide and as a training center for scholars to advance that study. JTS educates Jewish professionals and lay leadership in the spirit of Conservative Judaism for the total community through academic and religious programs, both formal and informal.
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Directory of links to Jewish resources.
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The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

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The Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica/Judaica, located at 2520 Amsterdam Avenue between 185th and 186th Streets at the University's Wilf Campus, is one of the world?s great Judaic research collections. The Library?s holdings are particularly strong in the areas of Bible, Rabbinics, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy and the Hebrew language. Collections consist of over 300,000 printed volumes in a variety of languages, dating from the 15th century until the present day. Rare books, manuscripts and archival material complement the Library?s regular holdings.

Organizations and Associations

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MASA is a new and innovative partnership between the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency. As the Gateway to long term programs in Israel, MASA enables thousands of Jewish young adults to spend a semester or a year in Israel in one of over 100 approved programs by providing information, scholarships and more. MASA's aim is to help young Jews from around the world to build a life-long relationship with Israel and a firm commitment to Jewish life.

Holocaust

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Since 1992, and under the overall direction of the Fritz Bauer Institute, film archivists and historians and Holocaust researchers have been collaborating with CineGraph e.V., Hamburgisches Centrum fr Filmforschung, the Deutsches Filminstitut ? DIF in Frankfurt am Main and the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt am Main on the task of indexing and documenting films dealing with the history and impact of the Holocaust. A database of information on the respective film documents is being compiled within the framework of the Cinematography of the Holocaust project. [German and English]
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Selected Websites on Genocide Studies, State Killings, Groups at Risk, International Law and Past Genocides presented from the Institute for the Study of Genocide and the International Association of Genocide Scholars.
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The Holocaust History Project is a free archive of documents, photographs, recordings, and essays regarding the Holocaust, including direct refutation of Holocaust-denial.
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A bibliographic resource for individuals who are interested in the subject of Holocaust Literature. Includes bibliography and Resources page, a listing of web sites that are devoted, at least in part, to Holocaust Studies. These resources are not limited to the subject of Holocaust Literature and include a sampling of the wide variety of Holocaust related material available on the Internet.
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Created by Linda M. Woolf, Ph.D. Provides links to readings lists.
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The MAZAL LIBRARY is a privately held and funded resource for historians, researchers, students and the general public. The library contains upwards of 20,000 books, microfilm rolls, pamphlets, and ephemera related to the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry.
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Links to information on the Holocaust. [German]
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This Holocaust Page is maintained on behalf of millions of victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Links to the Holocaust related resources online.
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A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum stimulates leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. A public-private partnership, federal support guarantees the Museum?s permanence, and donors nationwide make possible its educational activities and global outreach.
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Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, is the Jewish people's memorial to the murdered Six Million and symbolizes the ongoing confrontation with the rupture engendered by the Holocaust. Containing the world?s largest repository of information on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is a leader in Shoah education, commemoration, research and documentation.

Additional Internet Resources

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Since 1995 synagogues that were destroyed by the Nazis in 1938 have been reconstructed on the computer in the Department CAD in Architecture at the Technical University of Darmstadt. The reconstructions, which followed under the direction of Prof. Manfred Koob and Dipl. Ing. Marc Grellert, record the cultural lost and, at the same time, call to mind the historical importance of the buildings, which were once a part of the German cityscapes and German culture. The archive includes basic information about 2200 German and Austrian synagogues. Worldwide users of the Internet can individually add comments, images, links and eyewitness reports. [English and German]
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Includes the Isaiah Scroll, War Scroll, Temple Scroll, Community Rule Scroll and the Commentary on the Habakkuk Scroll.

 

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Includes videotaped interviews of witnesses.