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American Jewish ArchivesThe AJA preserves, and makes available for research, materials on the history of Jews and Jewish communities in the Western Hemisphere (primarily focusing on America) including data of a political, economic, social, cultural, and religious nature.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee ArchivesThe JDC Archives houses the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, a research library of more than 6,000 books, 1,100 audio recordings including oral histories, and a collection of 2,500 videos
Global Directory of Jewish MuseumsThis directory of Jewish Museums is sortable by country, city, or museum name and includes the link to the museum.
Historic Synagogues EuropeThis website is an interactive map of all existing European synagogues, whether currently used as such or not, including pictures, dates of construction, and what the current usage of the buiilding is and other searchable features.
Jewish Languages ResearchThis website is run by HUC Professor Sarah Bunin Benor, includes a database for research into history and usage of languages Jews have spoken and written throughout history.
Jewish MuseumThe Museum maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media which reflect the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years.
Jewish Virtual LibraryThis website is an online encyclopedia covering all aspects of Jewish history
Jewish Women’s ArchiveThe Jewish Women’s Archive is a national organization dedicated to collecting and promoting the extraordinary stories of Jewish women.
Jewish Women’s StudiesThis is a database for Jewish Women’s Studies by topic such as Holocaust, Medieval era, research institutes and archives, etc.
JTA ArchiveThe Jewish Telegraph Agency archive website provides access to current articles, with the archive starting 1923.
Library of Congress' From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish life in AmericaThe exhibition features more than two hundred treasures of American Judaica from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.
Ma’agarim- The Historical Dictionary ProjectThis historical dictionary of Hebrew aims to document when and where certain words and phrases entered the Hebrew language, what the original form was, and if the word/phrase is still in use, among other historical questions.
Medieval Jewish History Resource directoryThis website is list of Jewish history resources by time period, subject, geographic location etc.
NYPL Digital CollectionsThe New York Public Library Digital Collections contains 890,000 items from the NYPL collections, including a lot of Jewish history pertaining to the history of New York and other Jewish communities. Includes photographs, manuscripts and other documents.
Synagogues 360°Synagogues360 offers a unique visual and historical experience of synagogues across North America, Europe and Asia from small, remote villages to cosmopolitan cities.
Union List of Digitized Jewish Historic Newspapers, Periodicals and e-JournalsThis resource provides a list of and links for digitized historical Jewish newspapers and periodicals from various locales and languages.