Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia has more than 1.4 million online
articles in English and grows at about 1,000 articles a day! Its greatest strength is its openness — anyone
can add or edit articles. Example, I expanded its article on
Abba Hillel Silver and added a link to these pages. That
openness is also its greatest weakness, particularly on topics where there
are different views of "the facts."
American National Biography Online
Online profiles of more than 18,000 American men and women from all
walks of life. It requires a paid subscription. Hopefully your library or school will have
ANB's biography of Abba Hillel Silver is posted
on our site.
Jewish Virtual Library
Not limited to Jewish history or the American Jewish
experience, this is the web's most comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia
and says it offers more than 10,000 articles and 5,000 photographs. Its search feature helps you find answers to
your questions, text is often hyperlinked to other topics. and there is a glossary.
If you are planning a trip
to Israel, the
Virtual Israel Experience is recommended. While not an open site
like Wikipedia, JVL editor Dr. Mitchell Bard has responded to our
suggestions and has linked to this website.
Jewish Encyclopedia -
This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume
Jewish Encyclopedia, originally published between 1901-1906. More than
15,000 articles and illustrations. Just remember that you are looking at 100
year old articles.
History on the Web
Amazing that this site is the work of one person: Leah M
Berkowitz of Southfield Michigan. Special treasures include an extensive
(but not highly selected or annotated)
page, and the text of
The Occident and American Jewish Advocate, one of the first
Jewish-American periodicals (1843 - 1869).
Jewish Historical Society
This site emphasizes support for the society's work, rather
than material for online viewing. Recommended are
Chapters in American Jewish History,
with more than 100
searchable online essays, and a treasure: ADAJE
Digital Archive of the Jewish Experience, freely searchable
journals. (Your browser or firewall must be set to accept cookies from this
site.) Their page of
resources (links) is very extensive, but not selective or annotated.
Center for Jewish History
web exhibits, many of them large, all of them beautifully presented
on your screen. Visit
Jews in America:
Our Story which draws from the resources of the CJH's five
American Jewish Yearbook
The American Jewish Committee's
has made available on the internet
American Jewish Year Books from 1899 through 2005 (.pdf). Much
information, but each year is a 6 - 9 Mb file, so a high speed connection
and some patience are strongly recommended.
American Jewish Archives
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the AJA, through its archives, is a
resource for American Jewish history. Its website now has some virtual
exhibits and is also a place for synagogue archives and genealogy. See
First American Jewish Families: 600 Genealogies. The latest issue of
the its Journal can be
The list of Jewish museums (see
3 ) grows longer each year. Almost all now have websites to encourage
you to visit and join. A growing number offer virtual exhibits.
Unfortunately some of these exhibits display a few artifacts elegantly with one
line captions: a balance that appeals to the graphic artists who design such
pages, but not to those with an interest in history.
A short list of recommended museum sites:
The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
The site of Professor David Wyman, author of The Abandonment of the Jews:
America and the Holocaust 1941-1945, combines reporting on the holocaust
and covering related current issues. We recommend
Educational Materials. Until this content-rich site adds a "search"
feature, your Google™
or similar toolbar with a "search site" feature" will be useful.
U.S. Government Policy
One of Donald Neff's Fallen Pillars: U.S. Policy towards Palestine and Israel
since 1945, shows the development of U. S. policy from 1897 through the
death of Franklin Roosevelt in 1945, discussing Brandeis, Wise, Silver and
Link Lists (pages
that list other sites to visit)