Other Useful Databases

Jump to:

Aleppo Codex: The oldest and most complete Hebrew Bible

American Jewish Archives

American Jewish Historical Society

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives

Americans of Jewish Descent

American Jewish World Service: Includes a searchable database on1foot of Jewish texts on social justice, and other educational/curricular materials promoting global justice; advocacy skill-building guides

Ancestry research

Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Archival Resources on the History of Jewish Women in America: Compiled by Phyllis Holman Weisbard

Art History Research Centre: Art history resources on the web

Art Museum Network: Guide to over 37,000 museums

Artcyclopedia: Art resource includes museum listings and links to scanned art

Association of Religion Data Archives: Quantitative data (worldwide and local) available for downloading according to user's specifications


Bank of Israel:research reports on all aspects of Israeli finance and the economy

*Bar Ilan Responsa Project: Searchable texts of Hebrew Bible, commentaries, other Rabbinic works

Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University: Site devoted to the advancement of Middle East peace and security; provides timely full-text analytical reports in the disciples of politics, foreign relations and the military

Beit Hatfutsot

Berman Jewish Policy Archive: Open access to a growing library of 4,000+ policy-relevant documents from leading authors, journals, and organizations

Bibliography of Antisemitism-SICSA: Comprehensive bibliography on the subject of anti-Semitism

*Bibliography of the Hebrew Book (Mifal Ha-Bibliografiyah): Hebrew books printed 1473–1960, with biographies of authors

Biblos: Concordances, lexicons, timelines, and other tools for Bible study

Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York

Bodleian Mishneh Torah: Bodleian Libraries MS. Huntington 80

Calendar Converter: Monthly Jewish calendar with ability to convert dates between Jewish and Gregorian calendars (English/Hebrew)

Cambridge Taylor-Schechter Genizah Unit: includes a brief bibliography of published work relating to the collection; GOLD: the Genizah On-Line Database, containing searchable catalog databases and over 1,200 annotated manuscript images; History in Fragments: a Genizah centenary exhibition containing descriptions and images of manuscripts; the Maimonides Exhibition, containing images, descriptions, and translations of Maimonides autograph manuscripts and related contemporary manuscripts; and news about the unit

Cantors.org: Conservative Movement's professional association of hazzanim

Center for Jewish Educational Technology: website of the Israeli Center for Educational Technology

Center for Jewish History: Combined collections of five major institutions of Jewish scholarship, history, and art: the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Central Zionist Archives: Official archives of the Zionist movement (English/Hebrew)

Chazzanut Online: Cantorial scores, MIDI sound, biographies, background articles; emphasis on Dutch hazzanut

Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education See: NewCAJE | Re-imagining Jewish Education for the 21st Century

Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University: Full-text publications in the areas of Jewish communal service, Jewish education, and Jewish life cycles

Compact Memory: Prewar Jewish periodicals published in Germany

Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Includes section on looted art and cultural property

COTAR: Full-text database of articles on halakhic topics from Torah periodicals and books published from 1970–2003  Guest registration possible

Daat: Daat Center for Jewish Studies and Humanities

DART-Europe E-theses Portal: Access to full-text research theses from universities sourced from European countries

Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive: Includes all types of music, in eight languages

Database of Prayer in Rabbinic Literature: Database enabling retrieval of sources according to liturgical categories and settings, historical strata of rabbinic literature, specific book(s) or person(s) named in a tradition, subject categories, etc.

David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies: Teaches the history and lessons of America's response to the Holocaust, through scholarly research, public events, publications, and educational programs

Department of Land of Israel Studies, University of Haifa: Includes list of doctorate theses 1992-2011; database of historical photos of Eretz Yisrael (displays the photos)

Digital Dead Sea Scrolls: The Israel Museum's Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project allows users to examine and explore ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible.

Digital Scriptorium: Union catalog of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts

Digitized Ladino Library: Ladino books and select manuscripts

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology: Indiana University's Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature

Early Christian Writings: Information and translations for the New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, etc.

Early Church Fathers: Early Church Fathers series

Early Hebrew Newspapers: Hebrew newspapers from 1850 to the early 20th century from the Jewish National Library

Early Jewish Writings: Texts of Bible, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, etc.

E-daf: Babylonian Talmud online

Genealogy information

Emanuel Tov's Electronic Resources Relevant to the Textual Criticism of Hebrew Scripture

Emigrant Ships

Encyclopedia of the Pioneers and Builders of Israel: Hebrew-language biographical source for approximately 6,000 people

ERIC: Education Resources Information Center.

ETANA Core Texts: Texts in Ancient Near Eastern Archives

European Association for Jewish Studies: Directory of Jewish studies in Europe

Exilpresse digital. Deutsche Exilzeitschriften 1933–1945 (German Press in Exile): Scholarly articles in Jewish studies, plus index to other subjects

Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, Hebrew University: Publications section includes many full-text reports on aspects of the Israeli economy

Floersheimer Institute for Policy Studies: Research institute produces policy studies, reports and scenarios focusing on: relations between religion, society and state, especially on the integration of the Haredi community into the labor market; Arabs and Jews in Israel, particularly aspects of governance and planning in Arab localities in Israel; local government; all research available in full text in Hebrew, with extensive abstracts in English

Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University: collection of over 4,400 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust

Freedman Jewish Sound Archive Catalog: Outstanding catalog of Yiddish music; searchable by composer, author, title, first line, subject, genre, and style

Genealogy, family trees.

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at Penn: An interdisciplinary program at the University of Pennsylvania that provides intellectual opportunities to explore the role of gender in human affairs

Ghetto Fighters' House (museum and study center in Israel): Searchable online archives and digital museum on the Holocaust and Jewish resistance

Gilo Center for Citizenship, Democracy, and Civic Education, Hebrew University

Google Books

Google Hebrew Books: Access to Hebrew books published in Israel

Hadashot Arkiologiyot: Reports in Hebrew on archaeological surveys done in Israel

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute: The "Publications" section includes full-text scholarly articles and research bibliographies

Halachabrura.org: Indices to secondary literature on RaMBaM Mishneh Torah and on Agadah in Talmud Bavli and links to full text of over 2,800 sefarim

HathiTrust Digital Library: Full-text access to books published before 1923

HebrewBooks.org: Classic Hebrew books for free download; searchable by subject

Heksherim Center for the Study of Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture, Ben Gurion University of the Negev: Center hosts the Hebrew literature archives, currently holding archives of about 8 internationally renowned Israeli authors of the 20th-21st centuries

Herzl Institute for Research and Studies of Zionism and Israel.

Historic Jewish American Newspapers Online - Updated 2015

Historical Jewish Press: Full text of selected Jewish newspapers published in the Yeshuv, Europe, Arab lands, and Israel from mid-1800s to late 1900s; articles are in Hebrew, English, French, and Judeo-Arabic

Holocaust Chronology (PBS): timeline summarizing Holocaust timeline, including US reaction to the events

H-Holocaust Discussion Network: On-line discussion list for Holocaust scholars; archived and searchable

Holocaust Encyclopedia: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Holocaust History: General site with digitized primary source documents and digitized published books (including Nurnberg Trials); includes large Q&A section

Holocaust Survivors and Remembrance Project: "Forget You Not": Holocaust primer with emphasis on images; serves to document the experiences of survivors and victims

Holocaust Theater Catalog:  Theater works relating to the Holocaust from 1933 to the Present

Index to Hebrew Israeli Newspapers: Computerized key of the daily press (edited directory Euro Zion–Beit Ariela), beginning in May 1933

*Index to Hebrew Periodicals: Citations to articles from more than 1,000 Hebrew magazines, journals, and newspapers public

Index to Yiddish Periodicals

Institute for Jewish and Community Research: An independent think tank researching religious prejudice, Jewish philanthropy, and demography; website provides many full-text articles

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

The Internet Archive: Free digital library with search by subject, media type, etc.

Internet Sacred Text Archive—Judaism: Includes both early and later texts of Jewish interest

Israel Government Portal

Israel Museum: Search the Israel Museum's collection of art and archaeology from biblical times to the present

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs: A public policy research institute.  Full-text articles and chapters of books, audio, and video

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others (JACS): Includes scholarly articles, personal stories, directory of local chapters, and more

Jewish Archival Material: Database of archives from Temple University's Feinstein Center

Jewish Art Now: A portal for the convergence of Judaism and contemporary art with a fresh and innovative perspective: aims to build community and guide participants to available resources: hosts programs and events

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America: Professional association for Jewish communal service professionals; job listings; tables of contents of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Jewish Council for Public Affairs: Policy Compendium: Full-text compendium of policies adopted by the JCPA

Genealogical links (Jewish Data)

Genealogy links (Jewish Gen)

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

Jewish Genealogical Society: New York, New York

Jewish Education Project

Jewish Education Service of North America

Jewish Encyclopedia: Unedited contents.  1901–1906

The Jewish Federations of North America: Umbrella organization representing 400 independent Jewish communities; covers all aspects of current Jewish philanthropy; provides a directory of local federations

Jewish Historical Museum: Searchable site to view the museum's extensive collection online

Jewish History Resource Center: Project of the Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusale; extensive and well-organized webliography of Holocaust resources

Jewish Language Research: Information on Jewish languages and linguistics

Jewish Law: Full-text scholarly articles on topics at the intersection of halakhah, Jewish issues, and secular law; U.S. state statutes concerning Jewish issues; U.S. case law summaries concerning Jewish issues

Jewish Link: Jewish genealogy links

The Jewish Museum (London): Searchable site to view the museum's extensive collection online

The Jewish Museum (New York): Searchable site to view over 2,500 images from the museum's collection online

Jewish Museums & Museum Resources Worldwide: Provided by the National Museum of Jewish History

Jewish Music Research Center: Thesaurus of Jewish Music: Major database documenting oral and written musical traditions of global Jewish communities

Jewish Music WebCenter: Includes guide to "Starting Research in Jewish Music Research" and more

The Jewish National and University Library

Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA): Aims to expand the spiritual, ritual, intellectual, and political opportunities for women within the framework of halakhah; includes "Publications" and "Online Library" sections

Jewish Perspective on Spirituality and the Elderly: Content from MyJewishLearning.com

Jewish Portraits Database

Jewish Records Indexing: Poland

Jewish Virtual Library: Comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia, covering everything from anti-Semitism to Zionism

Jewish Women: A comprehensive historical encyclopedia

Jewish Women's Archive

Jewish Women's Studies, The Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History: Hebrew University's searchable database

JNUL Rare Books Online: Digital selection of rare books from the Jewish National and University Library ranging from 15th-century incunabula to early 20th-century works

JSTOR: Bibliography and some full text for journals, primary sources and books.  For more full text options, check out info for JPASS, Register and Read, Access for Alumni, and Early Journal Content.

JTA Archive: Original reporting of events spanning Jewish experience, much of it not covered by the mainstream media

Judaica Sound Archives: Massive catalog and selected audio of Jewish music; emphasis on pre-1950 Yiddish and U.S. recordings

Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health: A pastoral care educational center sponsored by Reform Judaism focusing on health care, healing, and spirituality

Keynote: Jewish Music Database: Produced by the Jewish Music Institute at the University of London; database of recorded and notated music

Kindertransport: Includes primary resources (writings by children who had been on the kindertransports) and bibliographies of printed materials

Kiryat Sefer: National bibliography of the State of Israel, beginning in 1993 (See JNUL Library for earlier data)

Kolot Women's and Gender Study Center at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College: Offers insights and innovative practices from the study of gender and Judaism to Jews across denominations

The Koran: English (searchable)

Leviticus Rabbah: Synoptic edition, provided by Bar-Ilan University

Lilith Magazine: "Independent, Jewish & frankly feminist"

Loebtouro.org: Newport, Rhode Island

*Lookstein Center for Jewish Education


Maagarim: The Hebrew Language Historical Dictionary

Maagar Sifrut ha-Kodesh: Bible and rabbinic texts

Malmad: Journals from Malmad Center for Digital Services

Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education

Ma'yan: Site advocates for a Jewish community fully inclusive of women; research section includes reports, articles, white papers, and more

Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger: Includes Jewish and secular resources related to Jewish poverty and ending that poverty

Mechon Mamre: Hebrew and English texts for the study of Bible and rabbinics

Medieval Hebrew Poetry: Hebrew poetry composed primarily from the 4th to the 18th centuries

Melton Centre for Jewish Education (Hebrew University)

Melton Research Center for Jewish Education: Standards and Benchmarks (The Jewish Theological Seminary)

Mendele: Forum for Yiddish language and literature and links to other Yiddish websites

Midrash Esther Raba: Synoptic edition of Midrash Esther Raba

Midrashic Units in the Mishnah: Database translates and explains all explicit biblical interpretations found in the Mishnah except for those in tractate Avot

Milken Archive of American Jewish Music: Aims to record, preserve, and distribute a vast cross-section of outstanding pieces of American Jewish music from the past 350 years

Mikraot Gedolot Haketer: Hebrew; free registration required

Morfix: Free Hebrew/English, English/Hebrew dictionary

Munich Talmud MS: Facsimile of the Munich MS of the Babylonian Talmud

Nashim: Scholarly journal of Jewish women's studies and gender issues

National Association of Jewish Chaplains: Includes current issue of Kol Korei, the quarterly newsletter; articles and job listings available to members only

National Center for Jewish Film: Motion picture archive, distributor, and resource center housing the largest, most comprehensive collection of Jewish-themed film and video in the world

National Center for Jewish Healing: Resources for the spiritual needs of Jews living with illness, loss, and other significant life challenges; directory of Jewish healing centers; best practices document; Jewish texts and prayers appropriate for specific situations

National Sound Archives: Hebrew University Library digitized audio of music from Israel and Jewish communities worldwide

NETS: New English translation of the Septuagint

Neveragain.Org: Detailed, day by day, year by year timeline of the Holocaust

New York Public Library Digital Gallery: Collection of over 450,000 images, including Hebrew manuscripts

NewCAJE | Re-imagining Jewish Education for the 21st Century

Nizkor Project: Site dedicated to countering Holocaust denial; most useful for archived documents including the transcripts of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and the Eichmann Trial

North American Jewish Databank: Source for U.S. Jewish demographic data and reports, both national and local

Online Books Page: Bible: Books about the Bible, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library

Online Critical Pseudepigrapha: Critical texts of the Old Testament, pseudepigrapha, and related literature

Opencolleges: Style guide resources: MLA, APA, CSE, Chicago

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago: Various resources, including catalog of collection and new acquisitions list

Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature: Various resources, including bibliography of articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Otsar Kitve Yad Talmudiyim: Facsimilies of MSS of Mishnah, Tosefta, and Babylonian Talmud, provided by JNUL

Penn/Cambridge Genizah Fragment Project: Searchable database of genizah fragments

Piyut Archive: Archive of piyyutim and melodies

Primary Textual Witnesses to Tannaitic literature: A project of Bar-Ilan University; includes Mekhilta, Tosefta, and Sifra

Project Ben Yehuda: Classics of Hebrew literature, including poetry and prose, essays, and more (Hebrew)

RAMBI (Reshimat Ma'amarim be-Mada'ei ha-Yahadut): Index of scholarly articles on Jewish studies in several languages; primarily citations

RaMBISH-Index of articles in Yeshivah journals

Rashi [Solomon ben Isaac, 1041–1105] on humash and the entire Bible

RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network

Remember.org: Forum for contributors (survivors, liberators, historians, and teachers ) to connect and share research resources and stories through art, photography, painting, audio/video, and remembrance; includes full-text materials for students, teachers, and scholars; primary source documents (interview, pamphlets by survivors, liberators, perpetrators, rescuers, and bystanders)

Repositories of Primary Sources—Israel and the Near East: Updated listing of websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar

Routes to Roots Foundation: Eastern Europe

Sages of Ashkenaz: Comprehensive text database for all seforim authored by the Gedolim and Rabbonim of Ashkenaz; available as free digital text or as printer friendly PDF

Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism: Selected full-text articles; audio recordings of conferences; access to the Posen comprehensive bibliography on anti-Semitism, Hebrew University

Seforim Online: Old seforim of Rishonim and Acharonim


ShulMusic.org: Scores of liturgical music and MIDI sound

Social Science Research Network: Award-winning mega-site of abstracts (of both forthcoming and working papers) and completed research in many social science disciplines, including leadership, social insurance, philanthropy, and law; some with Jewish content

Solomon Schechter Day School Association

Soncino English edition of the Talmud

Sosland Online Resource Center (Part of JESNA)

*Sources for the History of Jewish Education (JEDU) 

Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive: Full-length films on Jewish topics divided into categories, including Jewish communities, the Holocaust, and the State of Israel

TalmudPage: Interactive page of Talmud that explains structure of Vilna edition for novices.

Talmud Tractate/Chapter Finder: Helps users determine tractate and chapter number for any chapter of Talmud that they only know the title of

Tara: Jewish music publisher

Targum of Shir ha-Shirim (English)

Tosefta Online: Includes: English translation, Audio Shiurim, Seforim on Tosefta, Tosefta Blog, and Calendar

Transcontinental Music: Jewish music publisher

Trinity Wall Street: Genealogy links

Tzedek Resource Guide: Resources on Jewish values and social justice, including links to full-text documents, educational materials, and action opportunities

Tyndale Archive of Biblical Studies: Full-text searchable dictionaries, including Jastrow, Coptic, and Syriac dictionaries, and an Arabic lexicon

Union for Reform Judaism

United States Holocaust Museum: Registry of Jewish Holocaust survivors with search capabilities; vast, constantly updated site; frequently changing exhibitions; huge photo archive and oral testimony file; educational resources for students, teachers, scholars; includes Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies collections and archives

United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism

University of Haifa Dissertations and Theses (Hebrew)

Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism: Major bibliographic resource; also includes selected full-text academic articles.

Virtual Cantor: Digital recordings of daily, Shabbat, and holiday nusah

Weizmann Center for Study of Zionism at Tel Aviv University

Women and Gender Studies and Issues: A gateway to resources on Jewish women, including domestic violence and gay resources in the Jewish community

Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal: An academic, refereed journal published exclusively on the Internet and devoted to scholarly debate on gender-related issues in Judaism

Women's League for Conservative Judaism: Synagogue-based women's organization and an active arm of the Conservative/Masorti Movement; provides services toward education, religious observance, and resources for sisterhoods

WorldCat for locating a copy of a book or periodical in a library by location

World Congress of Jewish Studies

Yad Ben-Zvi: Founded for the purpose of studying documents, manuscripts, and printed material relating to the history, communal life, and culture of Jewish communities under Islam and in other countries of the Middle East and Asia; for initiating and supporting research on these subjects; and for publishing monographs and texts reflecting the history and cultural activity of these communities

Yad Tabenkin: The Research and Documentation Center of the kibbutz movement offers a scholarship fund for research

Yad Vashem: World center for documentation, research, education, and commemoration of the Holocaust

Yerushalmionline: Includes Daf Yomi Audio , Seforim on Yerushalmi, Leiden Manuscript,
Insights, Articles, Calendar, The Yerushalmi Blog

Yiddish Book Center: Free access to the full texts of out-of-print Yiddish titles

Yiddish Imprints: Eight hundred Yiddish books from Frankfurt University Library

Yiddish Sheet Music Online

YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe

Yizkor Books: Holocaust memorial books from the New York Public Library

Yizkor Books in Print: Project of Jewish Gen; free downloads of Yizkor Books translated into English

Zemerl: Interactive database of Jewish songs

The Zohar: Pritzker Edition (Translation and Commentary by Daniel C. Matt): Full Aramaic text of the first five volumes of the Zohar