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For those who want to learn more about American Jewish history. 
We show the most general sources at the top, the most specific at the bottom.  Unless noted otherwise, all sites are free and do not require registration. If you have a suggestion for this list,
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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 one. 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 - 1906 edition
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.

Jewish-American 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) Links page, and the text of The Occident and American Jewish Advocate, one of the first Jewish-American periodicals (1843 - 1869).

American 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 American 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 internet resources (links) is very extensive, but not selective or annotated.

Center for Jewish History 
Features 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 partner organizations.

American Jewish Yearbook
The American Jewish Committee's archives website 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 read online.

The Jewish Museums
The list of Jewish museums (see  1  or  2  or 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 Articles and 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 towards Israel
Chapter 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 others.

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