Links & Resources
Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR)
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
“Haaretz is an independent daily newspaper with a broadly liberal outlook both on domestic issues and on international affairs. It has a journalistic staff of some 330 reporters, writers and editors. The paper is perhaps best known for its Op-ed page, where its senior columnists – among them some of Israel’s leading commentators and analysts – reflect on current events. Haaretz plays an important role in the shaping of public opinion and is read with care in government and decision-making circles.”
The Jerusalem Post
Jewish World Review
JTA is an international news service that provides up-to-the-minute reports, analysis pieces and features on events and issues of concern to the Jewish people. Our daily reports include the latest information about the Middle East peace process, political developments in Washington and Jerusalem, the activities of anti-Semites and other hate-mongers, trends affecting Jewish life in North America, security incidents in Israel, and conditions for Jews in Eastern Europe, Latin America and far-flung communities around the world.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explores the Middle East through the region’s media. MEMRI bridges the language gap which exists between the West and the Middle East, providing timely translations of Arabic, Persian,Turkish, Urdu-Pashtu media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East. Founded in February 1998 to inform the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East, MEMRI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501 (c)3 organization.
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle is the only weekly newspaper serving Wisconsin’s Jewish community. It delivers the Jewish perspective on contemporary issues — with a vibrancy that reflects the lives and Jewish involvement of its more than 12,000 readers. Our Internet edition features some of the week’s local stories. It also includes our opinion pieces, life cycle and other monthly and weekly items of interest throughout the paper.
Central Intelligence Agency
Israel Ministry Of Foreign Affairs
JEWISH AND ISRAEL TRAVEL DIRECTORY (from "Maven Search")
There is so much choice available for travel and vacation that sometimes it is difficult to know where to start. The MavenSearch Travel Directory provides you with information and reference for those travelling to Israel and the worldwide Jewish Traveller. If you are looking to travel to Israel to visit family or tour the Holyland, visit the Israel Hotels & Accommodation directory. We also provide information for Israel Car Rental, Israel Tour Guides and Israel Travel Agents. Don’t forget to check out the essential Israel Travel Information to ensure trouble-free stay.
For the Jewish Traveller who keeps kosher there are Kosher Cruises and Kosher Passover Vacations.
If you are looking to travel within the Jewish Community then are are Summer Camps for Kids and Jewish Singles Travel Options. Finally, there are many ways to go back to your roots with Jewish Heritage Tours.
Ads4Israel is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to producing and running ads in the mainstream media to promote Israel’s many gifts to the world. The ads run in mainstream newspapers and T.V. stations of major markets, helping to reach tens of millions of people with powerful statements about Israel’s value to the world. Ads4Israel is a chance for every supporter of Israel to help elevate the image of the country they love.
“Founded in 1982, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America is a media-monitoring, research and membership organization devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. CAMERA fosters rigorous reporting, while educating news consumers about Middle East issues and the role of the media. Because public opinion ultimately shapes public policy, distorted news coverage that misleads the public can be detrimental to sound policymaking. A non-partisan organization, CAMERA takes no position with regard to American or Israeli political issues or with regard to ultimate solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict.”
Facts & Logic About the Middle East (FLAME)
“FLAME‘s purpose, as stated in each one of our messages, is: ‘. . . the research and publication of the facts regarding developments in the Middle East and exposing false propaganda that might harm the interests of the United States and its allies in that area of the world.’ “We accomplish this purpose by publishing monthly hasbarah (educating and clarifying) messages in major publications of general circulation..[as well as ]… in a number of Jewish publications, in the U.S. and in Israel….”
“AskMoses.com.com is an innovative and vibrant website where one can log-on and get instant advice from a number of qualified men, women and Rabbis who make up the AskMoses.com staff. These staff members operate on AskMoses.com 24 hours a day six days a week. They are available to answer any and all questions posed to them on a variety of issues ranging from simple questions on Jewish holidays to complex personal issues.”
“With Hebrewonline, you have the chance to learn Hebrew in a fun and instructive manner from some of Israel’s top educators – live on the Internet. Designed by educational and technology professionals, our top quality lessons taught by teachers living in Israel are now available when and where you need them. With students all across the globe, our classes take place at all hours of the day and night so that you can be provided with the optimal conditions for success.”
Jewish Virtual Library
“The Jewish Virtual Library is the most comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia in the world, covering everything from anti-Semitism to Zionism. So far, more than 10,000 articles and 5,000 photographs and maps have been integrated into the site. ‘One of our goals is to offer visitors a single source for information so they don’t need to search thousands of other ‘Jewish’ web sites.’”
Jewish Women's Archive
“At JWA, we aspire to:
* Share the joy of discovering Jewish women and their inspiring stories
* Support and conduct rigorous scholarship on the history of American Jewish women
* Provide teachers with resources for the classroom that spark discussion
* Teach others about the indelible mark Jewish women make on the world
* Recognize Jewish women as powerful role models for everyone”
Jews for Judaism
Jews for Judaism is an international organization that provides a wide variety of counseling services, along with education, and outreach programs that enable Jews of all ages to rediscover and strengthen their Jewish heritage. Our warm and open-minded approach successfully reaches out to individuals who have been lured away from Judaism by other belief systems or through assimilation.
Jews for Judaism’s preventative education is a catalyst that inspires the revitalization of the spiritual life of Jews and Judaism and at the same time inoculates the Jewish community from external influences.
“Judaism 101 is an online encyclopedia of Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs. My goal is to make freely available a wide variety of basic, general information about Judaism, written from a traditional perspective in plain English.”
My Jewish Learning
Navigating the Bible II
The Pew Forum On Religion & Public Life
Based on interviews with more than 35,000 American adults, this extensive survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious makeup, religious beliefs and practices, as well as social and political attitudes of the American public.
Simple To Remember
” This website was created as a result of my search into Judaism. I was inspired by the many incredible people I had come into contact with and started e-mailing friends their material. After a while, I thought, why not compile what I had found into one website and just send a link? The website turned into a hobby with which I am still very involved. Your feedback has helped improve the site, so please don’t hesitate to send me your comments and suggestions. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do!”
The Source - The Israel Info-Access Magazine
Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive began to make its films accessible online in 2002. This has been made possible by funds raised by the American Friends of the Hebrew University in honor of Jack Valenti, Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America. Over a five-year period approximately 100 films are being added annually until over 500 full films will be viewable over the internet. It is the Archive’s hope that this pioneering effort will be of benefit to all users, whether for purposes of study, research or production. Over 300 films are currently available.
United Kashrut Authority
American Jewish University
“American Jewish University is a thriving center of Jewish resources and talent built upon the mission of Jewish Learning, Culture, Ethics, Leadership and Peoplehood. In 2007, the University of Judaism merged with Brandeis-Bardin creating a landmark entity, American Jewish University, with two campuses, a single vision and a shared future. Today American Jewish University is one of the largest and most innovative Jewish institutions in the country.”
The Jewish Theological Seminary
MASORTI, meaning traditional, is the Hebrew name for the movement of Conservative Judaism in Israel. The Masorti Movement, founded in 1979, is the umbrella organization of Masorti kehillot (congregations), which foster the practice of traditional Judaism among Israeli men and women while embracing modernity. In promoting the combined values of Conservative Judaism, religious tolerance and Zionism, the Movement strives to nurture a healthy, pluralistic, spiritual and ethical foundation for Israeli society.
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Society for Humanistic Judaism
“The Society for Humanistic Judaism was organized in 1969. The Society’s mission is to mobilize people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life. Humanistic Judaism embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas.
“Humanistic Judaism offers a nontheistic alternative in contemporary Jewish life. It was established by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, to provide a home for humanistic, secular, and cultural Jews. Today, Humanistic Judaism is part of a worldwide movement.”
The Orthodox Union
“Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.
Lubavitch appropriately means the “city of brotherly love”The word “Chabad” is a Hebrew acronym for the three intellectual faculties of: chachmah-wisdom, binah-comprehension and da’at-knowledge. The movement’s system of Jewish religious philosophy, the deepest dimension of G-d’s Torah, teaches understanding and recognition of the Creator, the role and purpose of Creation, and the importance and unique mission of each Creature. This philosophy guides a person to refine and govern his and her every act and feeling through wisdom, comprehension and knowledge.”
Union for Reform Judaism
“The Reform Movement is the largest Jewish religious movement in North America, with 1.5 million Reform Jews and more than 900 congregations that are part of the Union for Reform Judaism. Although each congregation is autonomous and very individual in its programs, worship style, and culture, all are characterized by the same core values:
A God-centered Judaism that combines respect for Jewish law and Jewish tradition with a progressive religious outlook designed to remain relevant and meaningful to contemporary North American Jews
A commitment to Torah (lifelong Jewish learning), Avodah (worship of God through prayer and observance), and G’milut Hasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace, and deeds of loving kindness) – expressed in lifelong study of the sacred Jewish texts, creativity and spirituality in worship, and social action fulfilling the vision of the Prophets
A commitment to klal Yisrael , the entirety of the Jewish people, with special focus on the people and the state of Israel, and on world Jewry, particularly on the needs of Progressive congregations everywhere
A community-focused religion that honors the personal autonomy of the individual and the institutional autonomy of the congregation, within a framework of egalitarianism and inclusivene”
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
For more than fifty years,the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF) has been a strong voice for progressive Judaism and has played an important role in meeting the needs of the Reconstructionist movement.
JRF is a leader in participatory Judaism and has helped the movement progress from its modest beginnings of four affiliated congregations in 1955 to more than 100 congregations today, representing over 16,000 member households.
Aleph - Alliance for Jewish Renewal
“ALEPH is a core institution in the Jewish Renewal movement, dedicated to the Jewish people’s sacred purpose of partnership with the Divine in the inseparable tasks of healing the world and healing our hearts.ALEPH supports and grows the worldwide movement for Jewish renewal by organizing and nurturing communities, developing leadership, creating liturgical and scholarly resources, and working for social and environmental justice.
“ALEPH has attracted and energized thousands of seekers returning to Judaism, including many whose journey has led them through other spiritual traditions.”
“AIPAC [The American Israel Public Affairs Committee] has 100,000 members across all 50 states who are at the forefront of the most vexing issues facing Israel today: stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, fighting terrorism and achieving peace. Above all, AIPAC works to ensure that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong so that both countries can work together to meet these challenges effectively. “For these reasons, The New York Times has called AIPAC ‘the most important organization affecting America’s relationship with Israel,’ while Fortune magazine has consistently ranked AIPAC among America’s most powerful interest groups.”
Americans for Peace Now [APN] was founded in 1981 to support the activities of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now in Israel). APN is the leading United States advocate for peace in the Middle East. APN’s mission is to help Israel and the Shalom Achshav movement to achieve a comprehensive political settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict consistent with Israel’s long-term security needs and its Jewish and democratic values.
American Jewish Committee
AJC’s mission is to:
Safeguard the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in Israeland throughout the world.
Strengthen the basic principles of pluralism around the world as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry.
Enhance the quality of American Jewish life by helping to ensure Jewish continuity and deepen ties between American and Israeli Jews.
American Jewish Congress
“The American Jewish Congress is an association of Jewish Americans organized to defend Jewish interests at home and
abroad through public policy advocacy – using diplomacy, legislation, and the courts.
Five subjects comprise the core of our agenda:
Safety and security of Israel and the world Jewish community, especially in the face of worldwide terrorism.
Fighting to eradicate the new anti-Semitism, which threatens Jews everywhere.
Preserving religious freedom in the United States through separation of Church and State.
Energy independence and stopping the flow of petrodollars that fund terrorism.
Supporting moderate Muslim countries and prominent individuals who oppose radical Islam and believe in
‘enlightened moderation’ as the message of Islam”.
American Jewish World Service
“American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.”
“The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.”
ADL Charter, October 1913
“HADASSAH, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women’s organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society.
“Founded in 1912, Hadassah retains the passion and timeless values of its founder, Henrietta Szold, Jewish scholar and activist, who was dedicated to Judaism, Zionism, and the American ideal.
“Committed to the centrality of Israel based on the renaissance of the Jewish people in its historic homeland, Hadassah promotes the unity of the Jewish people. In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the country’s changing needs. In the United States, Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members.”
“The HOD Society is a non-profit organization that saves lives by encouraging organ donation from Jews to the general population (including non-Jews). It educates Jews about the halachic and medical issues surrounding organ donation; it offers a unique organ donor cards that allow people to choose options that are in accordance with their particular halachic belief; and it offers a living kidney donor program.”
Shalom Hartman Institute
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Zionist Organization of America
Since its founding in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America has been fighting for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. Under the leadership of such illustrious presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, the ZOA has been on the front lines of Jewish activism. With a national membership of over 30,000, and chapters throughout the United States, the ZOA today works to strengthen US-Israeli relations, through educational activities, public affairs programs, working every day on Capitol Hill, and by combating anti-Israel bias in the media, textbooks, and on campuses.
Wisconsin Jewish Conference
“The Wisconsin Jewish Conference, established in 1987, serves as a clearinghouse to address important public policy issues; actively continues efforts to preserve the separation of church and state; works with local communities to respond to acts of discrimination and anti-Semitic incidents; and monitors legislative activity and engages in coalition building.”
National Jewish Democratic Council
“Founded in 1990, the National Jewish Democratic Council is the national voice of Jewish Democrats. We are informed by our commitment to those values shared by the Democratic Party and the vast majority of American Jews – including the separation of church and state, a strong US-Israel relationship, and reproductive freedom.”
Republican Jewish Coalition
“The last decade has seen tremendous growth in the number of Jews identifying with Republican ideas and the GOP. The Republican Jewish Coalition, founded in 1985, is the sole voice of Jewish Republicans to Republican decision makers and the Jewish community, expressing our viewpoint on a wide variety of issues.”