This is the homepage of Alif Aleph UK, a group of British Muslims and British Jews brought together with the aim of improving Jewish-Muslim relations in the UK. It was founded in 2003 by Richard Stone, President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. This website informs visitors about the inter-faith projects the group is involved with. It makes available their press releases; and information about the latest news and events, and of how to get involved in Jewish-Muslim interfaith activities in different regions in the UK. There are also documents which could be downloaded. The site provides a search engine.
The British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote the scholarly study of Jewish culture and history within higher education (HE) in the UK. It was set up in 1975 and at the time of cataloguing, the association is presided over by Dr Seth Kunin of the University of Durham. This website contains information about: the conferences they organise; job vacancies in HE relating to Judaism and Jewish Studies; BAJS' publications; recent news and events; the course contents of undergraduate and postgraduate Jewish Studies programmes offered at a number of British universities; and the prizes, bursaries and grants offered by BAJS to students. The site holds a search engine and provides links to the homepages of relevant organisations.
This is the homepage of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. The centre was established to promote understanding of Jewish history, thought and culture. It offers an interdisciplinary programme of study that explores Jewish history, literature, philosophy and religion since biblical times. This website provides information about their academic and public programmes, and on how to join their mailing list. It also gives a description of the videos which their Media Center holds on themes like Jewish Experience; Religion and Identity; The Holocaust; and International Jewry. Access is given to their newsletter; press releases; calendar of events; and links to relevant websites. The centre is directed by Sarah Pessin, Associate Professor in Philosophy and the Emil and Eva Hecht Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.
This is the homepage of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE) at the University of Southern California (USC). Established in 2008, the center is a partnership between USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC), the Omar Al-Khattab Foundation and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. It seeks to promote dialogue and understanding between the adherents of Judaism and Islam in the United States and around the world. This website informs visitors about the initiatives they engage in, and of recent news and events. It provides access to resources like papers/articles; video recordings; theses; an annotated bibliography of suggested reading; religious texts (e.g. the English translation of the Quran; the Hebrew Bible; and the Hadith); and an alphabetical annotated listing of Muslim and Jewish groups.
The Chagall Windows webpage is an online exhibition of the stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall for the Synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The windows were created using a special process of veneering pigment on glass which allowed Chagall to use as many as three colours on a single uninterrupted pane, rather than being confined to the traditional technique of separating each colour pane by lean strips. The text also describes the inspiration behind the design.
'The Forum for the Comparative Study of Jews and Muslims in Britain, Europe and North America' is the homepage of a project led by Humayun Ansari, Professor of Islam and Cultural Diversity at Royal Holloway, University of London. The initiative was funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)'s Diasporas, Migration and Identities research programme. It aimed to: study the experiences of Jewish and Muslims as members of minority faith groups in the West; enhance understanding of Jewish-Muslim relations in the contemporary era; and use the findings from the above two aims to lay the foundation for a fruitful dialogue between members of the 2 groups in the future. To meet these objectives, an academic workshop and a practitioners workshop were held in 2006. This website provides the names and biographies of the participants; and the reports or abstracts of papers presented at the workshops. It also permits access to the contents of a book jointly edited in 2007 by Professor Ansari and David Cesarani. The book, entitled 'Muslim-Jewish Dialogue in a 21st Century World' (ISBN: 9781905846122), was published by the Department of History at Royal Holloway. Links are provided to the homepages of relevant organisations.
This is the website for the project Corpus of Spoken Israeli Hebrew (CoSIH) which started in 2000 at Tel Aviv University. Its aim is to provide a representative corpus of Hebrew (5 million words) as spoken today by different groups in society taking into account such factors as: sex; age; profession; social and economic background; and education. This project was launched to fill a gap in the field of Corpus Linguistics and to have a resource as a base for research and general educational purposes. The website is mainly of benefit to researchers. The site has a simple design, and the text is available in both English and Hebrew. Among other things it describes: the rationale for the project; its aims; its design; and sampling procedures used. A list of useful references is also included. At the time of review the site hadn't been updated since 2004.
This is the homepage of the Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte (the Department of East European history) at the University of Vienna. Founded in 1907, the Department concentrates on the history of relations between Austria and Russia, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The department also cooperates more broadly with other specialised departments in the University, such as Slavonic Studies and Judaic Studies. This Department is one of five departments and one institute which offer courses and special studies in history at the university. All affiliated faculty are listed with their areas of interest, publications and contact details. The Department also relies upon a great number of visiting scholars from many countries, whose publications and research interests are posted. New and recent publications have their own subsite. The Department's library holdings, standing at some 120,000 volumes, are described in two sections: Contemporary History (Zeitgeschichte) and East European History (Osteuropäische Geschichte).
Also of note here are the library's important archival collections, such as: documents on the Polish nobility; samples of Russian socialist literature collected from Berlin immigrants; and sources amassed by the historian Josef Constantin Jirecek (1854-1918), whose books and papers provide important documents for those studying the history of East Central Europe.
This is the homepage of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research (IJCR) which is based in San Francisco, USA. It is an independent non-profit think-tank which looks at a wide range of issues concerning the Jewish community. This website, which informs visitors about their current and past projects, allows them to read the reports published on these without charge. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to access the reports. The site also enables access to the IJCR Quad - their quarterly publication; press releases; audio and video recordings of interviews; news and academic articles; and contains links to relevant recent developments. A search engine is available. The Institute is presided over by Dr Gary A. Tobin, a senior fellow with the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.
This is the homepage of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) which is based in Heppenheim, Germany. It is an umbrella organisation chaired by Reverend Professor Dr John T. Pawlikowski which brings together national Jewish-Christian dialogue organisations from around the world. This website, which is also accessible in German, should be of interest to those researching in the area of interfaith dialogue. Amongst the resources made available include: details of conferences they organise and works they publish; transcripts of lectures; press releases; the ICCJ newsletter; and official statements. Access is also given to their e-bulletin which is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Russian. A search engine is provided as are links to relevant websites and the homepages of their member organisations around the world.
The Jewish Language Research Website is a platform for research into the diversity of languages spoken by Jews the world over, offering introductory information on a good number of these languages and bringing together international researchers working in this field. It serves as a resource for those studying the linguistics of languages spoken by Jews either from an individual or comparative perspective. Descriptions, including mention of, for example, the historical development, orthography, literary genres, and linguistic features, for a selection of languages are available on the site. A select bibliography for further investigation into each language is provided. The languages featured include: Hebrew; Yiddish; Jewish-Aramaic; Jewish Malayalam; and Judeo-Arabic, French, Greek, Iranian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Provençal, and Spanish. Since this list is not comprehensive, links are provided to descriptions of other languages which have been documented online. A directory of researchers and their interests is also available: contributions are invited, in terms of appearing in the directory or submitting papers or bibliographic entries. A good list of other resources will help researchers to locate useful material, and the site also hosts a discussion forum whose archived postings may be read there. This is an appealing and informative site, which will be useful for and of interest to those beginning work or already established within the field.
Formerly called the Jewish Music Heritage Trust and established in March 2000 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), which is part of the University of London, the Jewish Music Institute (JMI) is an independent arts organisation, which aims to bring "Jewish music to the mainstream British cultural arena for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures". The website consists of information about the JMI; the Jewish music course at SOAS; and the JMI library at SOAS. There are also information pages about what Jewish music actually is, including details about Ashkenazi (Hebrew for Germany) music; Sephardic (Hebrew for Spain) music; Israeli music; suppressed music; synagogue music; and western classical music. The JMI newsletter, which has been published two or three times a year, since Spring 2000, is available in full-text. Events, conferences, courses and classes can also be accessed from the website.
This is the homepage of Melilah: The Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (ISSN:1759-1953). This electronic peer-reviewed journal focuses on Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought. It was launched in 2004 by the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester. The site allows access to all materials published in the journal without charge. These are presented in Word and PDF. Articles published to date include: 'The nature of ultra-orthodox responses to the Holocaust'; 'Biblical arsonists and Sabbath firemen: matters of public safety'; and 'A question of backbone: comparing Christian influences upon the origins of reform and liberal Judaism in England'. The site also contains the journal's submission policy and a search engine. The journal is jointly edited by Professor Bernard Jackson, Dr Daniel Langton and Dr Ephraim Nissan.
This is the website for the Modern Hebrew Project, from the University of Texas Linguistics Research Center. Since 1998 the project has been developing materials for the study of Modern Hebrew language and linguistics. These materials include tutorials, documents and various other Web-based tools. Users may access, for example, the Hebrewer, a Web-based lexicon generator, as well as an Index of Articles in Jewish Studies (known as RAMBI). This is a particularly valuable and user-friendly bibliographic database, which is compiled from thousands of periodicals and collections of articles predominantly from holdings of the Jewish National and University Library. The articles may be in Hebrew, Yiddish or other European languages. The site provides a link to the Hebrew Faculty site at the University of Texas, which makes available a sizeable collection of resources for learning Hebrew. These include: audio and video files for listening practice and comprehension; online tutorials for both beginners and intermediate students that engage with both language, literature and cultural studies; a vast teacher's toolbox with activities, lesson plans, virtual tours of Israel, and advice on using ICT in the language classroom; and a collection of Biblical Hebrew texts in Hebrew, translation and transliteration, together with sound files. Overall, this is an excellent website for both teachers and students of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, offering a range of freely available learning resources.
The Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish sound archive is based at the University of Pennsylvania and is part of the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image. The archive, one of the founding collections of the Alliance of Judaica Sound Archives, contains over 5,000 sound recordings related to Jewish music in a variety of formats. The collection is described as mulit-lingual and contains items in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino, considered to be the three major Jewish languages. The collection aims to represent music related to all aspects of Jewish cultural life and contains Israeli music, songs, instrumental music such as Klezmer music, religious music, folk music, theatre music and music concerning the Holocaust.
The website of the Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish sound archive provides information about the contents of the collection, as well as details of the ways in which it is still developing. It is possible to browse and search the collection. Entries in the collection's catalogue include details of the record numbers for tracks containing searched-for terms, details of the artists appearing on the recording as well as the first line of the recording (if applicable) in English, Hebrew and transliterated Hebrew. In addition, the website makes available a number of images of album covers as well as audio samples from the collection for which software is required.
The Silver Mountain Silver Fonts web page contains a downloadable file that installs basic Greek and Hebrew fonts on a PC. The fonts are all TrueType and Type 1, and are scalable. They may be used in any Windows application. The fonts are fully accented, and Hebrew text can be entered right-to-left as well as vice-versa. The fonts can also be used to display Greek text when viewing the Perseus website (a digital library of classics texts).The fonts are shareware. They are free to download, but users are expected to contribute 20 US dollars to the publishers, Silver Mountain.