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Jewish-American HIstory on the Web
This is an excellent resource that provides full digital text of primary historical documents. Their ongoing project, , is devoted to scanning and digitizing the entire text of The Occident and American Jewish Advocate, one of the first Jewish-American periodicals to gain widespread popularity.

The National Museum of American Jewish History
There are a number of good online exhibits here, including Creating American Jews, an exploration of the evolution of Jewish identity in America, and From Generation to Generation, Bernard Mendoza's photo-documentary of Orthodox Jewish communities across the United States, among many others. The site's Timeline is an excellent resource for fascinating facts about American and world Jewish history.

The American Jewish Historical Society
This is an informative web-site with online genealogical databases and an excellent online exhibit of early American portraits.

American Jewish Immigration
The website of the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art has a number of brief histories of such topics as American Jewish Immigration and the Oklahoma Jewish Experience as well as a section on Holocaust Education .

Unpacking on the Prairie: Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest
Jews began arriving in the Upper Midwest from German-speaking countries in the 1850s and from Eastern Europe in the 1880s. This site explores Jewish women's experiences in unpacking, rearranging, and remodeling their heritage and how their female descendants redefined the Jewish legacy in order to create a more egalitarian community.

NOW ONLINE!!! Jewish Women: A Comprehensive HIstorical Encyclopedia Edited by Professors Paula Hyman of Yale and Dalia Ofer of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Encyclopedia contains entries on Jewish women from around the world and throughout time. Part of the Jewish Women's Archive, which otherwise focuses on North American Jewish women, the Encyclopedia is an unmatched resource for anyone interested in Jewish women anywhere, at any time. In addition, the Jewish Women's Archive is making it possible for scholars and more casual readers to propose updates and, in a later stage, to upload new articles.




Praying on the Jewish New Year, New York City, between 1905 and 1915. Bain Collection, Library of Congress, neg #: LC-USZ62-72436.