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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.
Otsar ha-Hokhmah Contains more than 62,434 Judaic books, scanned page after page in their original format. UCB access only. In Hebrew.
Hebrewbooks.org Over 51,434 out-of-print classical religious Hebrew and Yiddish texts and periodicals. Freely available both for study and downloading. All searching is in Hebrew characters and a keyboard for input is provided. In Hebrew.
Responsa Project Online collection of Jewish texts. Includes rabbinic case-law rulings, and the Bible, the Talumd and their principal commentaries; works about Jewish law, codes of Jewish law, such as Maimonides' Mishneh Torah and the Shulchan Aruch; Midrashim, Zohar, Responsa, etc. Access to the Talmudic Encyclopedia also included. Requires Adobe Flash player. UCB access Only. In Hebrew.
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.
Annually published online academic journal for new research in Talmud and Rabbinics. Pieces in Hebrew and English included for download and online viewing (pdf).
RAMBI (Index to Articles on Jewish Studies) Selective bibliography of articles in Jewish Studies and the study of Eretz Israel. Compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library
JSTOR Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available. For more sophisticated search capabilities, go directly to JSTOR Jewish Studies. UCB access required.
Project MUSE Several hundred scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. Topics include literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics and many others.
Periodicals and Magazines
Jewish Review of Books
Quarterly publication- Leading writers and scholars discuss the newest books and ideas about religion, literature, culture, and politics, as well as fiction, poetry, and the arts. Current year printed editions available in the East Reading Room.
Jewish life, arts, and ideas. Tablet magazine runs new pieces each day, in addition to posts on its blog, The Scroll. It also produces weekly installments of its podcast, Vox Tablet.
Opinion pieces on Politics, Art, Religion and Culture in the Jewish experience. (revised Jewish Ideas Daily)
Exploring the "oddities" of Jewish culture- weekly newsletters including articles on Jewish food, Torah, history, holidays and reviews of new Jewish themed books.
The Jewish Daily Forward
Yiddish and English Newspaper with a wide range of coverage- News, Opinion, Blog, Video, and Podcast. Some back issues available through the Library- Newspapers & Microforms.
Encyclopedia Judaica Online version of the 22-volume Encyclopedia Judaica. Includes more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.
Jewish Encyclopedia Contains the complete unedited contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. Contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish History (e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.).
Historical Dictionary of the Hebrew Language (Ma'agarim) Encompasses the entire Hebrew lexicon throughout
its history; presenting Hebrew words in their morphological, semantical, and contextual development from first appearance in written
texts to the present. The HDP has two lexicographical sections: the Ancient Literature Section and the Modern Literature Section . (In Hebrew.)
Rav-milim Hebrew-English-Hebrew Dictionary. Entries include translations, etymologies, usage examples, rhyming dictionary, and thesaurus. Link to Morphix 2.0 for morphological entries. A pop-up Hebrew keyboard is available. In Hebrew.
Ben Yahuda Project / פרויקט בן-יהודה
Classics of Hebrew literature including poetry and prose, essays, letters, memoirs, and reference works converted to a format that is readable and searchable on the Internet. In Hebrew.
Yiddish Book Center
An excellent resource portal for digitized text, oral history, podcasts, audio books, and other cultural material.
The Yiddish Voice / דאָס ייִדישע קול
Weekly Yiddish language radio show broadcasted from Boston. The website offers recent programs via MP3 download as well as a collection of Yiddish links on the web.
Yiddish Radio Project
The Yiddish Radio Project is dedicated to rescuing every surviving recording from the golden age of Yiddish radio (1930's-50's). "Gems" from the collection available for download via Realplayer.
A much more challenging game with a focus on typing whole paragraphs and punctuation. Move on to TypeRacer once you are comfortable with ZigZagWorld.
(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.
CET - מטח
The Israeli Center for Education Technology has developed many websites aimed at integrating new technologies with traditional Jewish texts. Most Databases in Hebrew.
Early Hebrew Newspapers
Jewish National and University Library, David and Fela Shapell Family Digitization Project: Hazevi, Halevanon, Hamagid, Havazelet, Hazefirah, Hameliz
North American Jewish Databank A repository of both national and community level social scientific studies of the North American Jewish population. The collection includes
both contemporary and historical data. (Access is free but users must register with a username and password.)