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HEB 348: Israeli Society and Culture: Background Research

Modern Israeli Literature in Translation (HEB/SLC/JST 347); Israeli Society and Culture (HEB/SLC/JST 348; REL 311) ; Modern Hebrew (Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced: HEB 101, 2

The Arab-Israeli Confict


News Articles

Newspaper articles are accessed through the following databases: Access World NewsEthnic NewsWatch, and Nexis Uni.

New York Times: The largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States (founded 1851).

Aruts Sheva (Israel National News): A media network that self-identifies with Religious Zionism; streams news, radio shows, podcasts, and video in Hebrew, English, and Russian.

Haaretz: The oldest newspaper still operating (founded 1918) and the most left and liberal news source in Israel; comparable with the New York Times. Limited access to non-subscribers.

The Jerusalem Post: An established English newspaper (founded 1932) that aims to reflect a centric point of view.

Times of Israel: An online-only newspaper (founded 2012) that proclaims to have no partisan political affiliation; published in a number of languages (no Hebrew edition): English, Arabic, French, Chinese, and Farsi. 

YnetNew (founded 1939): Part of the media group that publishes the widely-read Hebrew daily,Yediot Ahronot.

Jewish Culture and History

  • Encyclopaedia Judaica 2, 2007. Detroit [u.a.]: Thomson Gale: An online resource that includes texts, images, and video. A print set (1972 edition) is at Hayden Library Reference: DS102.8 .E496.

The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, 2010: A print comprehensive overview of Jewish life, from its origins in the ancient Near East to contemporary popular culture.

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, 2010: A print encyclopedia; reviews the historical and cultural background of Israelis who arrived at Israel from Arab countries.

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR), 2012: The origins and portrayal of biblical texts in literature, visual art, music, film, and dance. Covers Jewish and other religious traditions.

Fifty Key Jewish Thinkers (2007): A print encyclopedia.

Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia: This up-to-date resource is kept by the Jewish Women's Archive.

YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe: Reviews the historical and cultural background of Israelis who arrived at Israel from Eastern European. Includes primary source materials such as documents, images, audio and video, and maps. Also, a print edition is available here.

Bloomsbury Companion to Jewish Studies (2013): eBook (see in particular Chapter 13: "The State of Israel Studies: An Emerging Academic Field" by Michael Kotzin and Elie Rekhess.

Holocaust Studies

Israel is home to many Holocaust survivors and their families. Research on Second Generation literature and art, as well as psychological standing is available in journal articles. 


US Holocaust Memorial Museum: Lean about the Holocaust: A comprehensive website that includes the Holocaust Encyclopedia, maps, timeline of events, and more.

The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (1990): A print book (4 volumes) edited by Israel Gutman, New York: Macmillan, 1990.

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life before and during the Holocaust (2001): A print book (3 volumes), edited by Shmuel Spector; consulting editor, Geoffrey Wigoder; foreword by Elie Wiesel. Jerusalem: Yad Vashem; New York: New York University Press.

The Holocaust Encyclopedia (2001): A print book, edited by Walter Laqueur, editor; Judith Tydor Baumel, associate editor. New Haven: Yale University Press.

The Routledge Atlas of the Holocaust (2002): Martin Gilbert. London; New York: Routledge.

Yad va-Shem Holocaust Lexicon: Entries are based on Yad ve-Shem's Encyclopedia of the Holocaust.

Effects of the Holocaust / Holocaust Studies

Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature (2002): A print book, edited by David Patterson, Alan L. Berger, and Sarita Cargas. Westport, Conn.; London: Oryx Press.

Holocaust Literature: an Encyclopedia of Writers and their Work (2003): A print book (2 volunes), edited by S. Lillian Kremer. New York: Routledge.

Holocaust Survivors: a Biographical Dictionary (2007): A print book (2 volumes). edited by Emily Taitz. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.

The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (2010): A guide to the state of the academic field, edited by Peter Hayes and John K. Roth. New York: Oxford University Press. eBookprint.

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Information Sources and Statistics

Bank of Israel Statistics: Official information on economic activity in Israel.

Central Bureau of Statistics: The CBS is an apolitical, independent body that collects and publishes statistical data. 

OECD Library: Provides studies, periodicals, and statistical annuals produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, including a country statistical profile for the Sate of Israel. 

The Dayan Center Bibliographical Database: An interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of the modern history and contemporary affairs of the Middle East and Africa, Tel Aviv University.

Israel Social Sciences Database Center:

The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies: An independent, nonprofit organization; provides professional analysis for use by decision-makers, researchers, and the general public.

Legal Research Guide: Israel (Library of Congress)

The Taube Center Social Policy Studies in Israel: An independent, non-partisan, socioeconomic research institute based in Jerusalem.

GuideStar Israel: Online database of nonprofit organizations in Israel; click on "English" on the top left, then use the search box to search by keyword. Most of the text is in Hebrew but URLs are available.

Collections, Libraries and Archives

Israel Antiquities Authority Scientific Archive, 1919-1948: Documents and data collecting of archeological sites. 

The Israel State Archives: Official documents of the State of Israel.

The National Library of Israel: Online collections, catalogs, and databases. 

Topic Guide by the Center for Research Libraries

Hebrew-Only Resources: Culture, Society, and the Arts

Artists in Israel: Information Center for Israeli Art, Israel Museum

Database of Israeli Theater Archives: Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa

Encyclopedia of the Pioneers and Builders of Israel: A monumental 19-volume work published by David Tidhar (1897–1970), the first private detective in Israel. Covers about 6,000 biographies.

Kibbutz Archives Net

Lexicon for Communication and Journalism in Israel: Provided by The Seventh Eye, a nonprofit website reviewing the Israeli press.

Modern Hebrew Literature, a Bio-Bibliographical Lexicon: A project of bibliographer Joseph-Yossi Galron of The Ohio State University.

Nostalgy Online: Provided by a nonprofit organization for preserving Israeli popular culture. 

Encyclopedia for Jewish Culture: Provided by Herzog College in Israel through its Daat website, teaching Judaism and humanities topics. 

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