10 Great Jewish Website

10 Great Jewish Websites

Jewish Holiday Calendars & Hebrew Date Converter – If I had a browser that could go to one website, and one website only, I’d get a new browser. But if I were stuck with it, this is the website I’d set it to. It is an essential Jewish calendar, date converter, and reference.

The Times of Israel – Only have time for one source for news about Israel? The Times of Israel is as middle-of-the-road as anything you will get about news from Israel.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency – This is my go-to site for news anywhere in the Jewish world.

My Jewish Learning – This is a great reference site for questions about Jewish holidays, rituals, and practice. I appreciate that it is respectful of all streams of Judaism.

Virtual Jewish Library – This is an encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture produced by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.

Sefaria – Sefaria calls itself “a living library of Jewish texts.” It provides access to Jewish texts and commentaries on the texts. Teachers can use it to make source sheets. Volunteer translators are constantly working on making the texts accessible. It’s a lovely cooperative effort. There are other sources for Jewish texts (notably Mechon Mamre) but Sefaria’s interface is more sophisticated.

Jewish English Lexicon – Want to know the meaning of that word your father-in-law keeps using? Come as close as you can to spelling it and look it up here. This site is the brainchild of Dr. Sarah Benor of Hebrew Union College.

Judaism 101 – Another encyclopedia of Jewish practice and belief, this one from an Orthodox point of view. Amazingly, it is the work of a single individual, Tracey Rich. You may also recognize it by its net address, jewfaq.org.

Anti-Defamation League – The ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry; it defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. It is a good source of information about how to deal with incidents of antisemitism or bigotry, also.

Reform Judaism – The institutions of Reform Judaism offer a website that you can search for articles specifically from the Reform point of view.