The Jewish Studies Program’s Facebook page. A great way to receive updates and notifications about the program, events on or around campus, and the Greater Boston area. Click to “like” it!
The Northeastern University Library website has numerous resources for doing research, including research guides, NUCat, e-journals, and databases. The library has recently added access to two Jewish Studies database, The Index to Jewish Periodicals and the Jewish Studies Source. Check them out!
The Center for Jewish History and its five partners create a comprehensive way to discover a vast amount of resources, including genealogy, tracing familial roots, exhibitions, programs, and numerous collections.
The Association for Jewish Studies is the “largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide,” and its “primary mission is to promote, facilitate, and improve teaching and research in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning.
MyJewishLearning is an extensive website about the basics of Judaism and Jewish life that focuses on everything from rituals, holidays, culture, beliefs, and practices to history, texts, and Israel.
The Jewish Women’s Archive’s goal is to “making known the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America in order to enrich the way we understand the past and to ensure a more inclusive future.”
The American Jewish Committee Archives house hundreds of thousands of paper documents as well as hundreds of movies and radio shows exploring the past century of American Jewish History.
Museums and Memorials
Yad Vashem, the Holocaust history museum located in Israel, is dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust as well as research and education. The museum has an incredible amount of digital collections and projects.
The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia is the only museum in the United States that is purely dedicated to chronicling the American Jewish experience.
The Touro Synagogue, located in Newport, RI, is the oldest synagogue in America. Founded in 1658, the building itself wasn’t started until 1759. In 1790, George Washington wrote to the congregation that “happily the government of the United States…gives to bigotry no sanction…to persecution no assistance,” which is considered one of the earliest declarations of religious freedom for all, including Jews, in this country.
Right on the Freedom Trail in Boston, the New England Holocaust Memorial has six towers that recall the six main death camps, the six million Jews who died, or a menorah of memorial candles. There are six million numbers etched into all sides, a remembrance of the numbers the Nazis infamously tattooed on the Jews’ arms.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, located in Washington D.C., teaches its visitors about the Holocaust and works to prevent future genocide through research about the Holocaust, education, and remembrance. There are many permanent and visiting exhibitions which are both touching and fascinating.
The Vilna Shul, located in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, is the city’s oldest standing synagogue. Founded in 1919 by a small immigrant community, the synagogue has become both a place to learn about Jewish culture, history, and religious and an important community venue for concerts, speakers, film previews, and Jewish life cycle events.
Northeastern’s Jewish Latin Art site, “in permanent construction, allows the viewer to appreciate the beauty, depth and variety of the visual and plastic arts created by Jewish artists of Latin America. The site includes drawing, painting, sculpture, tapestries and the hybrid concept known as installations.”
The Jewish Advocate was founded in 1902, and the “oldest continually-circulated English-language Jewish newspaper in the United States.” Based in Boston, “the paper is the primary Jewish newspaper for the Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts metropolitan area, and for much of New England, with subscribers in all 50 states and 14 foreign countries.”
Haaretz is an English language website for news of Israel and the Middle East.
The Jewish Daily Forward originally started as a Yiddish daily newspaper in 1897, and it is now one of the most popular Jewish newspapers in the country. The website contains the latest news, as well as editorials, blogs, and podcasts. There are also sections on Yiddish and arts and culture.
“The Ruderman Family Foundation is dedicated to supporting the challenged in our society by focusing on individuals with special needs in the Jewish community in the Greater Boston area and Israel. We believe that supporting scholarship in the Jewish community will help to advance the issue of Jewish continuity in the United States, and that a strong Israel is vital to the future of the Jewish people.”
The Jewish Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Hadassah, was founded in 1919 by Jewish scholar and activist Henrietta Szold. Hadassah is a volunteer women’s organization whose members are motivated through their love for Judaism and Zionism, and focus on ensuring Jewish continuity in America while promoting a strong partnership with Israel.
The Jewish Federations of North America “represents 157 Jewish Federations and 400 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).”
The Jewish National Fund is a United Nations NGO (non-governmental organization) and a non-profit organization, founded in 1901 by Theodore Herzl. “JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader by planting 240 million trees, building over 210 reservoirs and dams, developing over 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 1,000 parks, providing the infrastructure for over 1,000 communities, bringing life to the Negev Desert and educating students around the world about Israel and the environment.”
The Northeastern Study Abroad home page. There are many options, programs, and places to go.
Currently, Northeastern has two Dialogue of Civilizations options in Israel. One is a Health Care Delivery program, which will “engage students in the health care delivery system in an urban environment in Israel…also includes a major emphasis on public health and services provided to a larger community.” The second option is a Social Conflict dialogue that teaches students about the “causes, consequences, and possible solutions for social conflict in Israel and Palestine.”
International Co-op options at Northeastern.
Northeastern University Hillel is the center of Jewish life on campus. Jews, and non-Jews, of every background and denomination are always welcome to participate in the wide array of events and activities that the Hillel staff puts together.
The Vilna Shul, see above in Museums and Memorials.
The New England Holocaust Memorial, see above in Museums and Memorials.
Jewish Boston is the perfect way to be update with the Jewish community happenings in the Greater Boston area. There are all sorts of events ranging from film screenings to speakers, including Rabbis, veterans of the Israeli army, and Jewish authors and comedians.
ShalomBoston is another wonderful resources for and about the Jewish community in the Boston area. This site focuses on education as well as events about religion, Kosher food, and Israel, and also includes forum for discussions.
A special feature of the Jewish Studies program is the cooperative relationship between NEU and Hebrew College. This allows for tuition-free cross-registration and concurrent library privileges at both institutions. Located in nearby Newton, MA, Hebrew College provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate training in Jewish Studies and Jewish Education. A supportive learning environment complements academic rigor where subjects are taught without ideological bias, and questioning and debate are encouraged in the mode of classical Jewish inquiry.
The Holocaust Awareness Committee at Northeastern University annually and publicly remembers the Holocaust, not only as historical fact and as a memorial to its million of victims, but also as a warning. Programs are presented bearing witness to the Holocaust and exploring issues arising out of the War of Extermination against Jews and other groups targeted by the Nazis, as well as applying lessons learned from the Holocaust to contemporary issues.
Facing History is a Boston-based non-profit organization that focuses on education as the key to combat bigotry, hate, and genocide, and to promote democracy. The resource book Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior is the center for the organization, which explores the consequences of hatred. Students all over the world learn to recognize bigotry and indifference through learning about the Holocaust and other genocides.
Jewlicious covers all types of Jewish topics through its many sections, such as Jewlicious, Israelicious and Poplicious.
Sisterhood blog: “Where Jewish women converse” about popular culture, the news, fashion…anything goes.
The Arty Semite, “Cultured blogging about arts and artful blogging about culture.”
The Jew & The Carrot, “Jews, Food, and Contemporary Issues.”
The Shmooze, “What we’re talking about.”
MyJewishLearning’s blog, Mixed Multitudes, written by its staff. A collection of musings, history lessons, popular culture, and random facts.