Selected Resources for: Jewish Studies

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Susan Gangl

Study of Jewish culture, history, literature, languages and religion.

Article Databases and Indexes

* Premier Resources *

An index on Jewish history, activity and thought. This database provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles, book reviews, and feature stories in more than 160 journals devoted to Jewish affairs. Most references are not found in standard periodical literature guides. Index to Jewish Periodicals is intended for students of Jewish thought and others interested in contemporary Jewish and Middle Eastern affairs.

"RAMBI - The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies - is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Articles are in English in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages, and are based scientific research, or contain important information for such research. Coverage is from 1966 to the present.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

ATLA lists journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Some listings link to full text of articles. More about ATLA

This CD Rom contains a database referencing more than 115,000 volumes and articles in 400 active periodicals specializing in biblical studies, Near Eastern archeology, and ancient Middle Eastern languages and literature; Some articles are available full text online (search MNCAT by journal title) SEE ALSO the ONLINE version at

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

Indexes, Other

Index of Articles Relative to Jewish History and Literature Published in Periodicals, from 1665 to 1900

Augmented edition with an introduction and edited list of abbreviations by Zosa Szajkowski
Wilson Library Reference DS102.95 .S3x 1972

Catalogs and Bibliographies


International Bibliography of Jewish History and Thought

Wilson Library Reference DS102.95 .I57x 1984
English and Hebrew
At head of title: Rothberg School for Overseas Students, Hebrew University, Dor Hemschech Institutes, World Zionist Organization.
Includes index.

Print edition Wilson Library Reference DS102.95 .B43x 1994 Non-Circulating

Judaica Americana : a bibliography of publications to 1900

Andersen Library Immigration History E184.J5 S487x 1990
Wilson Library Reference E184.J5 S487x 1990 Non-Circulating
vol 1 Chronological file 1676-1889 -- vol 2 Chronological file 1890-1990/ Union list of nineteenth-century Jewish serials published in the United States, index/ Includes bibliographical references.

Judaica Americana: an annotated bibliography of publications from 1960 to 1990

Wilson Library Reference E184.J5 K167x 1995


Jewish Holocaust: an annotated guide to books in English

Wilson Reference D810 .J4 B56x 1995
Note also research guide on Holocaust Studies (also listed at the end of this page).

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

Atlas of Modern Jewish History

Wilson Library Borchert Map Folio G1030 .F6513 1990 Regular Loan
Wilson Library Reference Folio G1030 .F6513 1990 Non-Circulating

Dent Atlas of Jewish History

Wilson Library Reference G1030 .G45 1993b In Process

Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization, The

Wilson Library Borchert Map Quarto G1030 .B25x 1990 Regular Loan

Biographical Sources

American Jewish Biographies

Wilson Library Reference E184.J5 A38 1982

Dictionary of Jewish Biography

Wilson Library Reference DS115 .C57 2005 Non-Circulating

Fifty Key Jewish Thinkers

Wilson Library Reference BM750 .C57 1997

Isaac Abrabanel (1437-1508) -- Abraham ibn Daud (1110-1180) -- Ahad Ha-Am (1856-1927) -- Joseph Albo (1380-1445) -- Baal Shem Tov (1700-1760) -- Leo Baeck (1873-1956) -- Bahya ibn Pakuda (1050-1120) -- Eliezer Berkovits (1900-1992) -- Dov Ber Borochov (1881-1917) -- Martin Buber (1878-1965) -- Arthur A Cohen (1928-1986) -- Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) -- Dov Baer of Mezhirich (1710-1772) -- Emil Fackenheim (born 1917) -- Solomon Formstecher (1808-1888) -- Abraham Geiger (1810-1875) -- Gersonides (1288-1344) -- Aharon David Gordon (1856-1922) -- Heinrich Graetz (1817-1891) -- Hasdai Crescas (1340-1412) -- Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) -- Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) -- Moses Hess (1812-1875) -- Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) -- Samuel Hirsch (1815-1889) -- Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880-1940) -- Judah Halevi (1075-1141) -- Zevi Hirsch Kalischer (1795-1874) -- Mordecai Kaplan (1881-1983) -- Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) -- Isaac Luria (1534-1572) -- Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (1707-1746) -- Solomon Maimon (1753-1800) -- Maimonides (1135-1204) -- Ignaz Maybaum (1897-1976) -- Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) -- Claude Montefiore (1858-1938) -- Nahman of Bratslav (1772-1811) -- Nahmanides (1194-1270) -- Philo (20 BCE-50) -- Leon Pinsker (1821-1891) -- Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) -- Richard Rubenstein (b. 1924) -- Saadiah ben Joseph Gaon (882-942) -- Solomon ibn Gabirol (1020-1057) -- Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) -- Solomon Ludwig Steinheim (1789-1866) -- Hayyim Vital (1542-1620) -- Elie Wiesel (born 1928) -- Sherwin Wine (born 1928).

Jewish Women in Historical Perspective

Wilson BM729 .W6 J49 1998 (circulating)

Reform Judaism in America : a biographical dictionary and sourcebook

Wilson Library Reference BM750 .R39 1993


Jews in America, 1621-1977 : a chronology & fact book, The

Wilson Library Reference E184.J5 S572 1978
The Jews in America; a chronology.--Selected documents of American Jewry.--Appendices: Estimated American Jewish population by state. Bibliographical notes and materials on American Jewish history. Summary Jewish calendar. American Jewish civic organizations. American newspapers & periodicals by state. Note Includes bibliographical references and index.


Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion

Wilson Reference BM50 .O94 1997


Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture

Wilson Library Reference Quarto DS102.8 .B46 1989

This online resource is an updated edition of this lauded work on Judaism features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists. This is the online version; (a 2007 print version is also available, located in Wilson Library Reference Quarto DS102.8 .E496 2007)

Covers an area of Jewish history, religion and culture which until now lacked its own cohesive/discrete reference work. The Encyclopedia fills the gap in academic reference literature on the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods. The expanded online version, EJIW Online (started in 2010), is updated twice annually with newly commissioned articles, illustrations, multimedia, and primary source material.

Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture

Wilson Library Reference DS102.8 .E56 2005

Jewish Communities of the World : a contemporary guide

Wilson Library Reference DS143 .J45 1989

An online encyclopedia about Jewish history and current affairs, including Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Judaism.
Note also the Related Research Guide on the Holocaust listed at the end of this page.

Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia

Andersen Immigration and History Research Center Quarto DS115.2 J49 1997
Wilson Reference Quarto DS115.2 J49 1997
"Annotated bibliography and guide to archival resources on thehistory of Jewish women in America. Includes bibliographical references and index."

Medieval Jewish Civilization : an Encyclopedia

Previously listed as Encyclopedia of Medieval Jewish Civilization

Wilson Library Reference Quarto DS124 .M386 2003

YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe

two volume set

General Reference Works

Bar Ilan's Judaic library

Searchable database: Judaic library and Responsa and Encyclopedia Talmudit.

JPS Guide to Jewish Women : 600 1900 C.E.

This resource brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.

Includes Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

Contents Introduction : a discovery -- A welcome from 1593 -- Custom and law -- Fundamentals of prayer -- The days of the week -- Sabbath -- The conclusion of Sabbath -- Rosh Hodesh -- The month of Nisan -- The month of Iyar -- The month of Sivan -- The month of Tamuz -- The month of Av -- The month of Elul -- The month of Tishrei -- The month of Heshvan -- The month of Kislev -- The month of Tevet -- The month of Shevat -- The month(s) of Adar -- Wedding -- Circumcision -- Bar and bat mitzvah -- Death and mourning.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.

Gateways & Megasites

includes links to bibliographies of archival collections, plus Web exhibitions, and more

Contained within the initial catalog are diverse and eclectic digital materials that represent the unique strengths of each of the Center's five Partners

Examples range from the American Sephardi Federation's collection of French engravings, to the American Jewish Historical Society's Lower East Side Photograph Collection, to the Leo Baeck Institute's Collection of German Decrees from the 16th and 17th Century, to the YIVO Institute's rare Hebrew and Yiddish books and children's books, to the Yeshiva University Museum's Abe Grubère collection of fashion designs from the 1940's and 1950's.

From Fordham University. "The Internet History Sourcebooks are collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use."

This web site, the work of Andrew Tannenbaum, is one of the most complete directories of links to Jewish resources on the web, covering several hundred sites. The page is frequently updated. Related sites not found here can be found in one of the other catalogs to which this page offers easy access.

Nextbook Press is a sister organization to Tablet magazine, an online publication at

See the right sidebar for a detailed menu of links

Internet Directory

This site justifiably bills itself as a prime gateway to online library catalogs, specialized databases, and other resources relating to Jewish studies. It has six categories ranging from associations to research at universities to archives to libraries, etc. Noteworthy among the databases is RAMBI - Index of Articles in Jewish Studies, available via Telnet connections from the website.

Search Engines

SERIAL ARCHIVE LISTINGS for the American Jewish Year Book American Jewish Year Book is an annual publication with "information and analysis about the American Jewish community, Jewish demography, Jewish history, and Jewish life worldwide", according to the publisher, the American Jewish Committee. Publication History American Jewish Year Book began publication in 1899. It is still published today. Persistent Archives of Complete Issues * 1899-2005: The American Jewish Committee Archives has what appear to be the full run of the yearbook in its collection. The interface is dependent on frames and Java. Click on "American Jewish Year Book" in the collections column to see the individual volumes. The volumes themselves are in PDF. Official Site / Current Material * The Amercan Jewish Committee web site has information about the Year Book, and sells recent print issues, in its Publications section. (It also has many other news and advocacy features.)

Web Sites

Hebcal Interactive Jewish Calendar * Generate a calendar of Jewish holidays for any year 0001-9999 * Customize candle lighting times to your zip code, city, or latitude/longitude * Torah readings for Israel and Diaspora * Export to Palm, Outlook, and iCal Hebrew Date Converter * Convert between Hebrew and Gregorian dates * See date in Hebrew font 1-Click Shabbat Candle Lighting Times * Shabbat candle lighting times and Torah Readings, updated weekly * Subscribe by Email | Add Shabbat times to your synagogue website * Mac OS X Dashboard Widget by Mark Saper Jewish Holidays * Dates for the next few years and special Torah readings Yahrzeit, Birthday, and Anniversary Calendar * Generate a list of Yahrzeit (memorial) and Yizkor dates, or Hebrew Birthdays and Anniversaries Torah Readings * Aliyah-by-aliyah breakdown for weekly parshiyot

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Journal Titles

Jewish Serials of the World : a research bibliography of secondary sources

Wilson Library Reference PN5650 .S56x 1986

Magazine Titles

Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Launched in June 2009, it’s a project of the not-for-profit Nextbook Inc. and the sister organization of Nextbook Press, which publishes a line of Jewish-themed books. Our archive holds all the articles and features that originally appeared on the website

News Sources

Jewish Newspapers and Periodicals on Microfilm

Wilson Library Reference PN4888.J48 H4x 1957

Joseph Jacobs Directory of the Jewish Press in America, The

Wilson Library Reference PN5650 .J67x 1990

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

With a collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's archive is the largest visual history archive in the world. The Institute interviewed Jewish survivors, homosexual survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors (Gypsy), survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants. Developed by the USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology.
Recommended Web browsers Windows: Internet Explorer; Mac: Safari

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

"The Jewish Book Council is a not-for-profit organization devoted exclusively to the promotion of Jewish-interest literature. Through an ever-growing list of projects and programs, the Jewish Book Council serves as a catalyst for the writing, publication, distribution, reading and public awareness of books that reflect the rich variety of the Jewish experience." -- JBC home page

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

The North American Jewish Data Bank is the central repository of social scientific studies of North American Jewry. The Data Bank's primary functions are to (1) acquire, archive, and disseminate quantitative data sets and reports, both contemporary and historical and (2) encourage utilization of the archive through training and provide information about methods for studying Jewish communities. Our goal is to aid in understanding North American Jewish communities, and to improve the quality and utilization of research conducted about North American Jewry. We hold the National Jewish Population Surveys of 1971, 1990 and 2000-01, about 100 local Jewish community studies, and are working to acquire other surveys of American Jews. The Data Bank is the sole distributor of the NJPS 2000-01 dataset and has a large collection of related material. The North American Jewish Data Bank is a collaborative project of United Jewish Communities and the University of Connecticut's Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Statistical Resources

"The World Religion Database (WRD) contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It provides source material, including censuses and surveys, as well as best estimates for every religion to offer a definitive picture of international religious demography. It offers best estimates at multiple dates for each of the world's religions for the period 1900 to 2050."--Home page, Brill site.

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

Library Information

Wilson Library

309 19th Ave. S.
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Service Desk: 612-624-3321

Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

320 Elmer L. Andersen Library
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus