Reference & Research sites

Recommended websites

Research & Positions papers

Berman Jewish Policy Archive

BJPA is the central electronic address for Jewish communal policy. BJPA offers a vast collection of policy-relevant research and analysis on Jewish life to the public, free of charge, with holdings spanning from 1900 until today. BJPA also hosts full text American Jewish Year Book and the Journal of Jewish Communal Service.

Jewish Data Bank

The Data Bank archives and makes available electronically questionnaires, reports and data files from the National Jewish Population Surveys (NJPS) of 1971, 1990 and 2000-01. The Data Bank is the sole distributor of the NJPS 2000-01 dataset, and has archived a large collection of related materials. In addition to the NJPS studies, the Data Bank provides access to other national Jewish population reports, Jewish population statistics and approximately 200 local Jewish community studies from the major Jewish communities in North America.

Dictionaries

Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon

This Lexicon includes every dialect of Aramaic from the 9th century BCE through the 13th century CE.

Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary

The online Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary=אַרומנעמיק ייִדיש־ענגליש װערטערבוך by Solon Beinfeld and Harry Bochner is searchable in Yiddish, English, French, and transliteration. It is accessible from the stateside HUC campuses only.

Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary

The online Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary=אַרומנעמיק ייִדיש־ענגליש װערטערבוךby Solon Beinfeld and Harry Bochner is searchable in Yiddish, English, French, and transliteration. It is accessable from the stateside HUC campuses only.

Dictionary.com

This tool searches several online dictionaries including American Heritage Dictionary and Websters Revised Unabridged dictionary. It also searches Hitchcock's Bible Names dictionary and the U.S. Gazetteer 

Jastrow Dictionary

The Tyndale Archive of Biblical Studies hosts a browsable (but not searchable) Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature

Lexicool

A searchable directory of "over 1000 translation dictionaries and glossaries." Search by language, subject, or keyword; available in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. 

Maps

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

Since the first printed map of Jerusalem appeared in the late 15th century until the beginning of the nineteenth century, when maps began to be based on accurate surveys, more than 300 maps of Jerusalem were designed and printed. 

Holy Land Maps

From the Eran Laor Cartographic Collection