The Academic Resources made available by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life include sources and materials created by The Magnes staff, collaborative projects with other institutions, UC Berkeley Library resources, and tools available online to the general public.
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The Magnes Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies offers funding to graduate students at UC Berkeley to conduct research based on source materials in The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and to perform other duties that support research, instruction, exhibition projects, and public programs at The Magnes.
Graduate Students in any department are invited to submit proposals related to research and exhibition-related work at The Magnes. Proposal must include the following:
The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) presents UC Berkeley undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to work closely with the curatorial staff of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, learning and developing invaluable research skills.
The Modern Jewish Culture Working Group of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities fulfills the need for a missing disciplinary focus on the cultures of the Jewish Diaspora in modern times at UC Berkeley. The Working Group meets at and is administered through The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life since 2012.
This guide provides general starting points for common approaches to research in Jewish Studies. For a basic introduction to Library research methods, see "How to Do Research in the Library". For more specialized research projects, a visit to the Reference Desk (or an appointment with one of the Library's Subject Specialists) may provide critical assistance in getting started.
The Wiki link below is for use by library staff at UC Santa Cruz and requires a username and password.
Course listing, faculty and visiting scholars links, programs and announcements from the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Synagogues360 offers a unique visual and historical experience of synagogues across North America, Europe and Asia from small, remote villages to cosmopolitan cities. Each synagogues included in this website has been photographed in its architectural details, and can be explored through digital navigation tools.
Quntres: An Online Journal for the History, Culture, and Art of the Jewish Book is a peer-reviewd journal open to scholarly contributions of any length relating to any aspect of the history of the Jewish book in all of its forms. For purposes of the journal, the Jewish book is defined as a work written or published in Hebrew characters, in any language (Hebrew, Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, Judeo-Persian, etc.).
The Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem maintains a resource page that includes specific materials about various aspects of Jewish history research, including:
- Listings of Directories, Area Studies, Institutions, Academic programs, Libraries, Archives, and Museums
- Links to Online texts, Journals, Publishers,
The National Library of Israel is pleased to announce it has purchased the distribution rights to the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 from CDI Systems, which distributed the database in recent years. The existing data is currently being converted to the Library system. Access will be free of charge as part of the catalogue systems of the Library. The new site will be launched by the end of June 2011.
Mechon Mamre, or "The Mamre Institute," makes available and searchable online a variety of classic Jewish texts in Hebrew, Aramaic, and in translation. Among these texts are the Hebrew Bible, Maimonides' Mishne torah, the Mishnah and the Talmud. The texts are easily searchable in both Hebrew and latin characters, serving as an easily available research tool.
As it often happens online, primary sources on religious history are made available by religious groups themselves, as a way to share knowledge and tools, and also to foster religious observance.
The University Archives documents the history of the University, particularly the Office of the President and the Berkeley campus, through the collecting of University publications and of records of enduring historical interest. The collection is strong in student protest literature, particularly in the form of leaflets, and in student publications generally. In addition to printed materials and administrative records, University Archives includes holdings in other formats: pictorial, maps, audio-visual, and memorabilia.
Pe'amim: Studies in Oriental Jewry (or "Studies on Jewish Heritage in the East") constitutes a fundamental source of information on the history, cultures and folklore of the Jewish communities North Africa and the Middle East, written in Hebrew predominantly by Israeli scholars, and published by the Ben Zvi Institute (Jerusalem)
Maintained by HebrewBooks.org, HebrewManuscript.org is a website dedicated to making Hebrew Manuscripts available online for free.
The only resource of its kind, this encyclopedia provides the most complete picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present. This Web site makes accurate, reliable, scholarly information about East European Jewish life accessible to everyone.
The Getty vocabulary databases contain terms, names, and other information about people, places, things, and concepts relating to art, architecture, and material culture. Produced and maintained by the Getty Vocabulary Program, they are compliant with ISO and NISO standards for thesaurus construction and can be accessed online free of charge by clicking on the links below.
HebrewBooks.org is devoted to the digital preservation old American Hebrew books that are out of print and/or circulation. It also maintains a site dedicated to the preservation of Hebrew manuscripts, HebrewManuscripts.org.
The most important archival holdings documenting the history of the Jews in America are:
Overview: Scope of the Collections
The Judaica and Hebraica Collections in the Stanford University Libraries support research and instruction in all aspects of Jewish Studies: history; literature; linguistics; cultural studies; contemporary social, political and cultural developments in the United States, Israel and throughout the world.