This website outlines the history of Jewish people in America from the arrival of the first immigrants in New Amsterdam in 1654 to the present day. It was created by the Commission for commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History (2004), created through the cooperation of four research institutions: the American Jewish Historical Society; the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives; the Library of Congress; and the National Archives and Records Administration. The site provides short narrative histories of the community with primary source excerpts for different periods, which would serve either for reference or teaching. For scholars, students and those interested from among the general public, the site offers an online essay with lecture and book excerpts entitled Historiography of American Jewish History. The site connects to multimedia digital archives, based on the holdings of the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, and related to the 50th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, 1948-1998. Other parts of the site include online exhibitions, such as Great Voices in Reform Judaism, which uses sound clips, images and full-text resources. There is a general illustrated historical timeline; an exhibition review; a calendar of socially, communally and academically oriented events; and further information on related conferences, links, bibliographies and instructions on how commuities can chronicle and submit their own histories to the Commission.
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center American Jewish Archives website introduces the history and scope of this institute based at the Cincinnati Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The Marcus Center was founded in 1947 to promote and preserve the history of Jewish Americans, and on the website the archival and manuscript holdings can be searched in the section Major Manuscript collections. Short descriptions and finding aids of the collections are available, and included in the collections are papers and documents relating to: national and local organisations; Cincinnati Jewry; Reform Judaism; rabbis; synagogues; women; the Holocaust; and family and personal papers. The Center has published online the 3rd edition of the First American Jewish Families: 600 Genealogies, 1654-1988 by Malcolm H. Stern. The book is uploaded as a searchable database of names; the search results are displayed in PDF format. An alphabetical browse of all names listed in the book is possible. Also available on the site is the American Jewish Archives Journal, with the contents being freely accessible in a PDF format. The site also features online exhibitions, information on events and research grants, educational resources and links to other relevant sites.
This website, publishing the American Jewish Yearbook from 1899 to 2007 is from the American Jewish Committee Archives (AJC Archives). The American Jewish Yearbook is regarded by some as the authoritative account of trends and happenings in Jewish society. The website is very simple to use: the yearbooks are split into 20 volume blocks (e.g. volume 1-20, covering the years 1899 to 1999 and so on) at first, and then further subdivided into the yearly publications. Each of the yearly volumes is then further divided (into, for example, table of contents, forematter, calendars, index, and yearly issues). The yearbooks are available in PDF format.
Conceived by Dr. Brian Turley (West Virginia University) and developed by both himself and an ensemble of other religious scholars from across the United States, "The American Religious Experience" seeks to promote the publication of articles, manuscripts and images related to the past and present expressions of faith in America over the Internet. One part gateway and the other showcase; the site offers a mix of articles and teaching resources of interest to those working in a number of areas such as women in religion, Judaism, and new religious movements. Users will also find within these pages book reviews, a question centre, syllabi, and an impressive collection of links to religious topics in America. Accessible through this site is "The Journal of Southern Religion", of which all issues are freely accessible online. Both the American Religious Experience site and the journal are fully searchable by key word, which is the easiest method to locate documents. As for the former, students will find that the articles presented provide an excellent introduction to their subjects though, at present, the entire project lacks somewhat in resources and it is hoped that in time more will be added. As this project began as a teaching resource for a course on religious history, teaching staff will be especially interested to observe how the Internet has been integrated into the classroom and may find this site provides a useful template. As portions of "The American Religious Experience" are part of an online course, some sections may not be accessible without registration. Unfortunately, the site has been put into 'hibernation' at present, but this does not detract from the wealth of resources available.
This is the homepage of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS). Launched in 1976 and based in Montreal, the association promotes historical and inter-disciplinary research on the Canadian Jewish experience. This website contains information about the association's history and the conferences it organises. The association publishes a journal called the Canadian Jewish Studies and visitors may view the table of contents of all volumes issued since 1993 from here. They are also linked to the homepage of The Student Journal of Canadian Jewish Studies from where they may access all the journal's contents without charge. The site allows access to a number of the association's bulletin and provides information about how to join their membership and discussion group. Links are offered to the homepages of relevant organisations.
This is the main page of the National Archives and Reference Centre of the Canadian Jewish Congress, based in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Since its founding in 1919, the archive has been collecting documents related both to the Canadian Jewish community and to non-Canadian Jewry. An excellent online guide expands upon an extensive set of printed archival indexes and finding aids. Online descriptions of collections point to a wealth of archival fonds dealing with the history of the Canadian Jewish Congress and other community organisations ; immigration ; integration into Canadian society ; discrimination ; Zionism ; oppressed Jewry in other countries ; education ; literature ; genealogy ; prominent individuals' private papers ; photographs ; sound recordings and film ; art ; and artifacts. The site will be of great interest to researchers both in Jewish History, and in the history of Canadian immigration and minorities. Some apparent errors in site design contribute to occasional difficulty in accessing all information on pages. The site is predominantly in English, with some pages translated into French.
This is the official website of the Canadian Society for Jewish Studies (CSJS). This educational organization was established in 2004 to advance the study and teaching of Canadian Jewish Studies. It aims to serve as a forum for the presentation and sharing of Jewish Studies research and information for scholars in Canada and beyond. It is chaired by Dr Ira Robinson of the Department of Religion at the University of Concordia. This website informs visitors of the society's history and the conferences they hold since 2006. It makes available their by-laws, minutes for annual meetings, newsletter and information on how to join their membership and discussion group. There are links to relevant websites; news and information related to Canadian Jewish Studies on the internet; and an online Hebrew dictionary.
This is the homepage of Concordia University's Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. The institute is directed by Dr Norman Ravvin and was established to promote and support the study of the Canadian Jewish experience. This website informs visitors of the academic courses and fellowships available at the institute. It also contains information about the events they organise (e.g. conferences and lectures series); and the projects they engage in. There are details about works published by the institute, some containing abstracts and links to select chapters. Visitors are given access to the homepage of their Student Journal of Canadian Jewish Studies (SJCJS) from where they may view the full contents of the journal without charge. Links are provided to the homepages of relevant organisations and other web resources.
This is the homepage of the Historical Society of Jews from Egypt, a committee-run organization which serves Egyptian-born Jews everywhere, but especially in the United States. The Society received a charter from the New York State Museum in 1996 and devotes itself to the history of the community as it existed in Egypt and subsequently via institutions of education, arts, good will organizations and religious establishments. Through a great range of posted letters, reminiscences and samples of private ephemera, the site describes key events and details of this very old and still extant community; it particularly notes departures during the defining 'second Exodus' in the 1950s and 1960s, when Jews were expelled and the recent rise of anti-Semitism in Egypt. Navigation is haphazard, but scholars will find a wealth of photographs, biographical information and starting points for deeper research on this interesting site. There is also a lot of news on current matters related to Jewish history and the protection of Jewish historical documents and artifacts in Egypt. Researchers will note that the site conveys an émigré perspective.
The Jewish community of Nevis archaeology project aims to record the history of the seventeenth and eighteenth century Jewish community of the Caribbean island of Nevis through ongoing documentary research and archaeological investigations. This research is supported by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society, the Nevis Field Research Centre and a grant from The Commonwealth Jewish Council. The small five by seven mile island of Nevis is located in the leeward portion of the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles. During the period - from the mid-17th through late 18th centuries - Nevis was a bustling centre of economic activity in the Lesser Antilles. It is within this context that a vibrant Jewish community clustered in the capital Charlestown existed on the island. The website presents information on four different aspects of the projects' research and a general introduction to the early colonial history of Nevis. The Nevis Synagogue page provides information on the ongoing archaeological search for the location of the synagogue of the 17th- and 18th-century Jewish community of Nevis. The Nevis Jewish Cemetery contains general information about the cemetery and the recorded burials and The Cemetery Resistivity Survey presents the results of a resistivity survey carried out on the cemetery site. The final research area is genealogy, and several pages provide information on Nevis and St. Kitts families.
This is the website of the Jewish Museum in New York City, which is devoted to over 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture. As well as all the necessary information about the Museum, such as location, contact details, and opening times, this site makes available a number of online exhibitions. Within these is the companion to the exhibition Frida Kahlo's Intimate Family Picture; Camille Pissarro: Impressions of City and Country; and Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art, which documents life in Israel. Of interest also will be the site's Making Connections in Art and Jewish Culture, which explores the Museum's collections interactively. It traces the interconnections between over 60 works, from ancient artifacts to contemporary art and television clips. The site's collection overview may be searched or browsed, and details of current and forthcoming events and exhibitions hosted by the Museum, such as the New York Jewish Film Festival, are provided. This is a rich and diverse museum website which is sure to interest scholars of Jewish studies, art and literature.
This well designed site is the website of the Jewish Women's Archive, which is dedicated to promoting and preserving research and sources on the history of Jewish women in the United States. The site contains an impressive amount of resources, with over 500 biographies, 1,800 digitised images, 40 lesson plans, and information on over 700 archival collections. The website is divided into three main sections - Stories, which features oral histories; Education, which provides a selection of digitised primary sources and related lesson plans; and Research Tools, where users can search the Virtual Archive by keyword, or browse by name, subject, occupation or location. Most of the material on the website is concerned with the history of Jewish women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but the collection does run as far back as the mid-seventeenth century.
The website "Literature of the Holocaust" is maintained by Alan Filreis, a Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and acts as a portal to a vast array of online resources involving the Holocaust. The material is arranged rather haphazardly, in an alphabetical list according to the first word of the entry. However, the entries are not named in a consistent way, so a tremendous amount of digging has to be done, or users are recommended to use the search facility at the bottom of the page if they know what they are looking for. Subjects, found in a variety of formats, such as images, newspaper articles, essay, and books include: the controversy over Swiss bank accounts; the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies; survivors' testimonies; the truth about Oskar Schindler; and Primo Levi. What is interesting is that the site also contains brief information on Africans and German Africans living in Germany during the Nazi period, and on the atrocities in the Balkans in the nineteen nineties. Although the site is constantly updated by its creator, some older external links are broken.
The website 'Modern Jewry and the Art', hosted by the Special Collections section of the University of Pennsylvania library, is an online exhibition of Jewish art aiming to embrace a broad range of artistic development within the Diaspora and Israel, and to transcend a homogeneous definition of modern Jewishness. That said, the exhibition appears to reflect fundamentally an American Jewish perspective. In 2001, images related to Jewish art, music, theatre, film and dance were selected by the fellows of the Center for Judaic Studies library, who are also based at a number of other universities. Most examples derive from the twentieth century, with some from slightly earlier. The section on contemporary Jewish music in America offers five sound recordings in MP3 format. Historical explanations which accompany the pieces tend to dominate selected artistic works. The resulting combination would be of interest not only to the general public, but also to teachers and students. There is a bibliography for further reading on sources. The page is archived.
This is the homepage of 'Notebook: A Discussion of Contemporary Jewish Issues', a University of Toronto student journal (ISSN: 1715-9679). It publishes work on Jewish and broader issues written by undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto. This website allows access to the online version of the journal. Viewers can read without charge all materials featured in the journal since the first issue was published in 2005. Some of these are presented as PDF and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. The site also contains information about recent events and provides links to the homepages of relevant websites. The journal is edited by Elah Nadel and receives funding from the Azure Student Journals Project and Hillel of Greater Toronto.
The Online Jewish Missions History Project offers a collection of 90 documents relating to Christian missionary activity among Jewish people in North America and the UK in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The documents include newspaper articles (in particular, a large number of pieces from the New York Times) and reports and other publications issued by churches and missionary organisations. The majority are American in origin, with a few from Scotland or London. A significant number of documents relate to the rather turbulent career of Hermann Warszawiak, a Jewish convert to Christianity who himself became a missionary in America. While most of the works accessible through the site are texts (mostly available in both HTML and Word formats), a few images are also included. The documents can be browsed in a number of different ways (by title, creator, date, format, and so forth), and there is a sophisticated search function. This resource is hosted on the website of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism.
Founded in 1973, the Ontario Jewish Archives collects and preserves historical materials related to Jewish life in Ontario, Canada. The site briefly describes the archive's holdings of these materials as: manuscripts; minutes, correspondence, publications, financial and cemetery records of Jewish organizations; personal papers; diaries; invitations; posters; newspapers; photographs; films; architectural drawings; sound and video recordings of interviews and important events; and selected artifacts (badges, trophies, memorabilia). The archive also collects contemporary items in anticipation "of their future historical importance." Unfortunately, this is a very limited site, with contact details for the archivist available and opening hours listed -- but no online exhibitions or detailed catalogues of holdings to give site visitors an idea of the extent and value of the archive's significance for members of the general public or for researchers in the field of Jewish History.
The website "Open Hearts / Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project" is an excellent online exhibition published by Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and is part of the Virtual Museum of Canada. Open Hearts, Closed Doors looks at the history of the 1,200 orphaned Jewish children who emigrated to Canada as part of the War Orphans Project. The site uses a range of digitised primary source materials to illustrate the experiences of the children who survived the Holocaust, including diaries, photographs, documents, leaflets and newspaper articles. It can be explored through biographies, themes and learning resources. The site traces the history of many of the children from before the Second World War, through the holocaust, liberation and refugee camps, to their arrival in Canada. The learning resources section provides PDF files of the main content of the site for downloading and classroom use.
This website provides an overview of the holdings of and services provided by the Ottawa Jewish Archives, managed by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. The Archive possesses a wide variety of primary historical research materials related to the Jewish community in this city, dating back to the late nineteenth century. These include: 400 feet of arranged collections with finding aids; marriage registers (l898 - l950); 2500 photographs and 1000 negatives; biographical files; posters; artifacts; architectural plans; cassettes; video tapes; and the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin (l937 to the present). There are specific details on collections related to congregations; education; a wide variety of communal organisations; personal or family papers; and business records. An attractive online gallery gives visitors a sample of the Archive's historical photographs. Of additional help to researchers in Jewish Studies is the site's links to ARCHEION, Ontario's Archival Information Network. Over 100 fonds from the Ottawa Jewish Archives are described in greater detail on ARCHEION; users can locate this information if they run a search using the term Ottawa Jewish Archives on the ARCHEION site. There is a news section with descriptions of recent and upcoming exhibitions and lectures. The site also has a limited, but useful, list of links to websites of Canadian Jewish archives and historical societies.
The American writer Philip Roth (born in 1933) is best known for Portnoy's complaint (1969) and for other novels of Jewish-American life. The Society is devoted to the study and appreciation of Roth's works by means of conference presentations and publications, and intends to publish a scholarly journal Philip Roth studies, details of which are available here. It has published a Newsletter, the inaugural issue of which is available via PDF. There is a brief biography of Roth and a list of his awards, and a listing of his works, including uncollected stories, essays, and reviews. The site has a substantial bibliography and a research guide compiled by Derek Parker Royal, which includes references to dissertations, interviews, and conversations. This site is a significant resource for the study of Roth and his works.
Unlike many other resources on religious trends within the United States which focused specifically on the Judeo-Christian tradition, The Pluralism Project, directed by Diana Eck at Harvard University, seeks to consider and evaluate the growing diversity in religious expression found across the nation. A variety of textual resources are made available through this site including: a series of scholarly articles; directories of religious centres; and a series of excellent bibliographies and guidelines for conducting contemporary research on religious denominations, applicable to research on religious pluralism in both North America and Europe. There is a link advertising the project's CD-ROM On Common Ground: World Religions in America, (Second Edition). An interesting sub-set of this project is World Religions in Boston, which describes the variety of religious expression and interaction all within one major American city, and can be downloaded or viewed on the web. Unfortunately, the site lacks any extensive demographic material on religious growth and developments.
The Web Site The Sabato Morais ledger is published online by the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image at the University of Pennsylvania. Sabato Morais (1823-1897) was a Sephardic Jew, born in Livorno, Italy, who became one of the most prominent American Jewish leaders of the 19th century. He was a Hebraist, poet, historian and teacher of note. The scrapbook kept by Morais included newspaper clippings, and circulars stands as an interesting testament to both the time and the man. The site provides a link to the Marvin Weiner catalogue of the Sabato Morais ledger, which describes the history of the ledger. The ledger's contents can be browsed directly and searched through the catalogue index or by keyword. The work is of note because it authenticates much of Morais' anonymous work and articles written under a pseudonym. An excellent site for those interested in nineteenth century America and the Jewish communities of the same period.
The Student Journal of Canadian Jewish Studies (SJCJS) is a web-based academic journal created by the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. It publishes papers, articles and book reviews by undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline on issues connected to the Jewish experience in Canada. The journal is published twice yearly and is edited by Julie Spergel. This homepage gives free access to all materials featured since the first volume was published in 2006. These are presented in PDF, but Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free from the site. Also available are the biographies of contributors; links to relevant websites; letters to the editor; and the journal's submission guidelines.