Judaic, Yiddish and Israel Studies

Contacting the Judaica Librarian

  • Paul Howard Hamburg
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  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Office Location: 438 Doe Library
  • Contact Info:

    SKYPE: 510-768-7640
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Collection Overview

Jewish Studies at Berkeley is notable for its broad chronological and disciplinary scope. Fields ranging from Hebrew Bible, Talmud and Midrash through medieval Jewish history to modern Jewish history and thought, Hebrew and Yiddish literature all are extensively represented in the library’s collection. The library supports the research and instructional activities of faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate, in disciplines including History, Comparative Literature, Near Eastern Studies, the Social Sciences and more.  The Librarian for the Judaic, Yiddish and Israel Studies Collection selects and acquires important new scholarship, belles lettres, government documents.

Online resources in Judaic. Yiddish and Israel Studies are constantly growing.  We have tried our best to choose the best resources we could find and will make every effort to keep this site up-to-date.  Your help is essential.  Please send us your comments and suggestions letting us know about problems you encounter or new sites you discover.

Paul Hamberg  

Giving to the Library

The Library welcomes gifts in all forms. Many private donors have made contributions toward the acquisition of research materials for the use of Berkeley faculty and students. This support is very important in sustaining the excellence of our collections and services.

The following types of gifts may be considered:

Memorial and Honorific Gifts
Contributions given in memory or in honor of a person are welcomed. Commemorative gifts are welcome to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other significant events.

Named Endowment
Endowment funds may be established with a gift of $50,000 or more. These funds provide the library with an annual income in perpetuity and have a lasting impact on maintaining world class collections. The University invests its endowments carefully to achieve a healthy rate of return that provides for both current needs and long-term growth. If desired, a special book plate can be created and placed in each book.

Cash Gifts for Book Purchases
Contributions of any amount are welcomed and can be made directly to the Library using the online form. In the special instructions or designations for this gift section, you may specify a particular collection.

Book Donations
Gifts of scholarly materials and the results of research have historically represented a significant element in the development of Berkeley's outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts, but due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Donations of recently published books are welcomed. New book purchases will be checked to ensure titles aren’t already on order.

Please contact Dirk Kennedy to discuss your donation of books.

For more information on gifts to the Library, please visit http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/give/makeagift.html.

Purchase Recommendation

You can suggest items that the Library should consider purchasing. Use the Purchase Recommendation form to submit your suggestion.

Doe Library, North Reading Room

Campus Links

Books and Text Collections

Otsar ha-Hokhmah
Contains more than 62,434 Judaic books, scanned page after page in their original format. UCB access only. In Hebrew.

Classic Texts Online

Maps and Manuscripts


Bibliography of the Hebrew Book

Contains about 141,000 documents, and more than 15,000 biographies of authors, covering more than 90% of all books published in Hebrew languages from the years 1470-1960 Features a complete list of books in Hebrew and books with text in Ladino and Yiddish, as well lesser-known Jewish languages such as Judeo-Arabic, Bucharit, Judeo-Greek, Judeo-Afrikaans and Judeo-Kurdish.

Searching Library Catalogs

Use OskiCat to locate materials related to your topic, including books, government publications, and audio and video recordings, in the libraries of UC Berkeley. OskiCat will show you the location and availability of the items that we own. See the guide for suggestions on constructing your searches.

Use Melvyl to locate materials related to your topic located at other campuses in the UC system. Next Generation Melvyl also allows you to expand your search to libraries worldwide. Clicking on the REQUEST button in the detailed view of a catalog record prompt you to fill out a form to request the item through our Interlibrary Loan office.

Tools for Romanization

OskiCat relies upon regulations developed by the Library of Congress for the romanization of Hebrew and Yiddish. For more information on ALA Romanization and cataloging click here or view the relevant Wikipedia article.

Scholarly Journals & Databases

אוקימתא  Oqimta

Annually published online academic journal for new research in Talmud and Rabbinics. Pieces in Hebrew and English included for download and online viewing (pdf). 

Periodicals and Magazines

Israeli News

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Jastrow – Dictionary of Targumim, Talmudim and Midrashic Literature
An essential tool for the study of Rabbinic literature

Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Abbreviations in 24 categories from classical and contemporary sources

Otsar Rashe Tevot
Over 16,000 abbreviations from Judaic sources and commentaries

Hebrew Language and Literature

Yiddish Resources

Practice Hebrew Typing

Online Archives

National Library of Israel

(formerly The Jewish National and University Library/JNUL)

Comprehensive collection of online resources freely available in a wide range of subjects and media, including E-Journals, Scanned Books & Newspapers, Photography, Manuscripts, Music and much more. Searchable in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

Jewish-American Studies

American Jewish Archives

American Jewish Historical Society

National Museum of American Jewish History

American Jewish Year Book

Holocaust Studies

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