Research Tools

Academic Jewish Studies Internet Directory
The Academic Jewish Studies Internet Directory is the prime gateway to 490 high quality resources for the study of Judaism, including access to library catalogs and to databases like "RAMBI - Index of Articles in Jewish Studies".

American Jewish Archives
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, houses over ten million pages of documentation. It contains nearly 8,000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, nearprint materials, photographs, audio and video tapes, microfilm, and genealogical materials.

American Jewish Historical Society
The American Jewish Historical Society is the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the United States. The Society’s library, archives, photograph, and art and artifacts collections document the American Jewish experience.

Association for Jewish Studies
Founded in 1969, the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) is a learned society and professional organization that seeks to promote, maintain, and improve teaching and research in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning. With 1500 members, the AJS provides an intellectual forum for university faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, and museum and related professionals.

Association of Jewish Libraries
The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel.

Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, exists to convey the story of the Jewish people from the time of their expulsion from the Land of Israel 2,500 years ago to the present. It relates the unique story of the continuity of the Jewish people through exhibition, education and cultural endeavours, providing multiple avenues of personal historical identification.

Bible and Mishneh Torah
This website provides the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and the RaMBaM's Complete Restatement of the Oral Law (Mishneh Torah). Both the online and offline Bible and Mishneh Torah texts have been carefully prepared, and they are as accurate as found in the very finest printed editions.

Fortunoff Video Archive
The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is a collection of over 4,300 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust. Part of Yale University's department of Manuscripts and Archives, the archive is located in Sterling Memorial Library.

Institute of Southern Jewish Life
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is a private, not-for-profit corporation. It is dedicated to providing educational and rabbinic services to isolated Jewish communities, documenting and preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, and promoting a Jewish cultural presence throughout a twelve state region.

Jewish Music Research Center
The JMRC is an academic institution dedicated to the documentation, research and publication of scholarly materials about Jewish music. Founded in 1964 by Prof. Israel Adler, the JMRC functions as one of the research centers of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jewish National and University Library
The Jewish National and University Library serves a threefold purpose: it is the National Library of the State of Israel, the National Library of the Jewish People, and the Central Library of the Hebrew University. As the National Library of the State of Israel, it collects all material published in the country. At the same time, it tries to acquire all publications appearing elsewhere in the world that relate to Israel.

Jewish Theological Seminary
The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was founded in 1886 through the efforts of two distinguished rabbis, Dr. Sabato Morais and Dr. H. Pereira Mendes, along with a group of prominent lay leaders from Sephardic congregations in Philadelphia and New York. Its mission was to preserve the knowledge and practice of historical Judaism. In 1887, JTS held its first class of ten students in the vestry of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, New York City's oldest congregation.

Jewish Women's Archive
The mission of the Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) is to uncover, chronicle, and transmit the rich history of American Jewish women. Since its founding in 1995, the Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) has been developing innovative formats and collaborative partnerships to transmit the rich history of American Jewish women and their accomplishments to a broad public. JWA seeks to make known the contributions of outstanding Jewish women of achievement as well as the profound, but often unacknowledged, impact Jewish women have had within their local communities.

Library of Congress Hebraic
Long recognized as one of the world's leading research centers for the study of Hebraica and Judaica, the Hebraic Section serves as the Library's primary access point for reference and research activities related to the ancient Near East, pre-Islamic Egypt, Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, and ancient and modern Israel.

My Jewish Books - Milberg Conference
This website provides a collection of novels and literary resources pertaining to the Jewish faith, history and people.

Created in 2003 as a locus for Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, Nextbook is a non-profit organization which commissions books on Jewish themes, sponsors public lectures, readings, and performances in cities around the country, and publishes an online magazine. The website,, contains information on all of these projects and also maintains an annotated list of recommended books.

NYPL Dorot Jewish Division
The Dorot Jewish Division of The New York Public Library is one of the great collections of Judaica in the world and the most accessible for both scholarly and personal use. Housed on the ground floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, the collections of the Dorot Jewish Division enrich the Library's general holdings and are strengthened by the wealth of related materials available in other divisions.

Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
This website serves as a database and collection of all films that pertain to the Jewish faith, history and people.

UC Berkeley's Internet Resources for Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies at Berkeley is notable for both its chronological and disciplinary scope. Fields range from Hebrew Bible and Talmud and Midrash through medieval Jewish history to modern Jewish history, modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature and modern Jewish thought.

Van Pelt Collection at University of Pennsylvania
The combined collections of the University library system, including the library of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (CAJS), comprise a source of exceptional richness for Jewish Studies, in general, and for the thought and literature of Judaism (Judaic Studies) in particular.

YIVO Library
The YIVO Library presents the first phase of its online catalogue. This first edition includes 60,000 database records, mostly for monographic books, in all European languages, as well as in transliterated ("Romanized") Yiddish and Hebrew.

Yale University Library Judaica Collection
Following the receipt of two major gifts in 1915, the Yale Library established a separate Judaica collection which is recognized as one of the major collections of Judaica in the country. The focus of the 95,000 volume collection, which includes manuscripts and rare books, is biblical, classical, medieval, and modern periods of Jewish literature and history, and supports the research needs of the faculty and students of the University's Judaic Studies Program and those of the broader academic community.