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New subject guide

By Vanessa Freedman, on 22 September 2020

Screenshot from subject guideCheck out the new subject guide for Hebrew & Jewish Studies. Lists of new books will now appear on the books page of the subject guide rather than this blog.


New ebooks June 2020

By Vanessa Freedman, on 15 July 2020

Reflections on Turkey : Turkish-American-Israeli Relations and the Middle East Mehmet Kalyoncu
Blue Dome Press: 2013

The crescent moon and the Magen David : Turkish-Israeli relations through the lens of the Turkish public Karel Valansi. Lanham : Hamilton Books: 2017

New ebooks May 2020

By Vanessa Freedman, on 2 June 2020

The Turkish-Israeli relationship : changing ties of Middle Eastern outsiders Ofra Bengio. New York : Palgrave Macmillan: 2004

Israel under Netanyahu : domestic and foreign policy edited by Robert O Freedman. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge: 2020

Turkey’s entente with Israel and Azerbaijan : state identity and security in the Middle East and Caucasus Alexander Murinson. London ; New York : Routledge: 2010

Troubled triangle : the United States, Turkey and Israel in the new Middle East William B. Quandt, editor. Charlottesville, Va. : Just World Pub.: ©2011

Contemporary Israeli-Turkish relations in comparative perspective Ayşegül Sever, Orna Almog, editors. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan: 2019

Hebrew & Jewish Studies library resources during Covid-19

By Vanessa Freedman, on 2 April 2020

This is a guide to resources for Hebrew & Jewish Studies available during the COVID-19 outbreak. It will be updated as new resources become available. Updates will also be posted on Twitter. For general information please see the guide to Library essentials for students and staff during Covid-19.

Don’t forget that UCL Libraries provide access to many online resources, which UCL students and staff can access from off campus, using their UCL userid and password. NB for many resources, Explore provides the only way to log in when you are off campus. 

These are the resources most relevant to Hebrew &  Jewish Studies.

Temporarily available electronic resources

General resources

In addition to our subscribed digital library, certain publishers are providing temporary access to their collections for a limited period. The list of electronic resources with temporary access during Covid-19 is dynamic and constantly being updated. Individual ebooks will be accessible via Explore in due course.

Jewish Studies resources

BiblioRossica A portal which offers expertly selected collections devoted to the most relevant areas of modern Russian and Jewish Humanities. Free access for UCL students and staff until 1st June 2020.

British Online Archives Records drawn from both private and public archives, organised thematically. Includes material relating to the Holocaust and Israel/Palestine. Free access for UCL students and staff until 30th April 2020. Sign in using ‘Find your Institution’.

Cambridge Archive Editions Near and Middle East and Slavic, Balkan and Caucasus collections. Original documents from the National Archives (UK), including numerous maps, on the national heritage and political development of many countries. Free access for UCL students and staff until 14th June 2020.

Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary Free access for UCL students and staff until 30th June 2020.

Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969 (Archives Direct) Papers generated by the British Foreign and Colonial Offices. Free access for UCL students and staff until 26th June 2020.

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 Free access for UCL students and staff until 26th June 2020.

Jewish Life in America c1654-1954 Sources from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York. Free access for UCL students and staff until 26th June 2020.

Otzar HaHochma Digital library encompassing all realms of Judaism from ancient times to the modern period. The basic version (91,000 books) has been made available to the public, at no charge, until further notice.

Free electronic resources

Open access content

Brill publishes open access books and articles in Jewish Studies and related fields.

Brown Judaic Studies About 50 titles from this series are now freely available.

Open Book Publishers is an independent open access publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the UK.

Bibliographic databases

RAMBI Index of Articles on Jewish Studies.

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book Books printed in Hebrew characters 1470-1960.

Index to Yiddish Periodicals Materials published in the Yiddish press in Eastern Europe, the United States and Palestine/Israel.

Newspapers and periodicals

Union List of Digitized Jewish Historic Newspapers, Periodicals and e-Journals Links to digital content (some require a subscription – check Explore).

Historical Jewish Press Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods.


YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.

Jewish Encyclopedia (1906 edition).

Biblical and rabbinic literature

Sefaria ​​​Biblical and rabbinic texts in Hebrew and English (mobile app also available).

Hebrewbooks.org Rabbinic texts and secondary literature.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum The Holocaust Encyclopedia and other online content.

EHRI Portal Access to information on Holocaust-related archival material held in institutions across Europe and beyond.

Hebrew and Yiddish

לקסיקון הספרות העברית החדשה Bio-bibliographical lexicon of modern Hebrew literature​.

Yiddish Book Center Digital Library & Collections Yiddish books, audiobooks, recorded lectures, oral history, yizkor books, Yiddish children’s literature​.

Yiddish Leksikon Biographical dictionary of modern Yiddish literature, translated into English.

Yiddish Sources Portal for anyone interested in Yiddish and Yiddish Studies.

Digital library collections

UCL Jewish collections and UCL Special Collections Digital Gallery Printed, manuscript and archival collections of Hebraica and Judaica.

Jewish Digital Collections and Jewish Study Guides Directory of digitised Jewish materials from libraries and other organisations worldwide.

Judaica Europeana Integrated access to digital collections which document the Jewish presence and heritage in Europe.

Internet subject gateways

Teaching Resources List of online resources from the British Association for Jewish Studies.

Jewish Studies Research Guide Guide to doing research in various fields of Jewish Studies from Columbia University Libraries.

The Jewish Guide to the Internet Directory of Jewish websites.

New ebooks

The following books are now available electronically:

The Arabs and the Holocaust : the Arab-Israeli war of narratives Gilbert Achcar. New York : Saqi, 2012.

Memories of absence : how Muslims remember Jews in Morocco  Aomar Boum. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press: 2013.

Legacy of blood : Jews, pogroms, and ritual murder in the lands of the Soviets Elissa Bemporad. New York, NY : Oxford University Press: 2019.

Farming the red land : Jewish agricultural colonization and local Soviet power, 1924-1941 Jonathan L. Dekel-Chen. New Haven, CT ; London : Yale University Press: 2005.

Israel in history : the Jewish state in comparative perspective Derek J. Penslar. London : Routledge: 2006.

New books January 2020

By Vanessa Freedman, on 5 February 2020

Supplementary exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew Allen P. Ross, David M. Clemens.

Vancouver : Regent College Pub.: 2008


Jews and Muslims in seventeenth-century discourse from religious enemies to allies and friends Gary K. Waite

Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge: 2019


ספר קרית חנ”א : … מאמרים … לדעת חכמה ומוסר … . חלק ראשון ‏חנניה חביב אזולא

 686,סוסה : דפוס מ. נגאר


ספר בית אבי-גדר : חדושים בש”ס בבלי ירושלמי רמב”ם וטורים חיים יהושע בן יהודה הרופא למשפחת אביגדר

 1905 ,”לאנדאן : בדפוס “טעלעפון


שירים נתן אלתרמן

 729 ,הוצאת הקיבוץ המאוחד


שולמית, אדער, בת-ירושלים : איינע מוזיקאלישע מעלאדראממא אין ריימען פערפאסט פאהן אברהם גאלדפאדען

 19–? ,ניו יארק : היברו פאבלישינג קאמפאני


די יידישע אווטאנאמע געגנט : בירעבידזשאנ מ. דרויאנאוו

 1934 ,מאסקווע : פארלאג ״עמעס״


זעקס שלאפלידער : פאטאגראפישער איבערדרוק פואן דער טשערנאוויצער אויסגאבע פונעם יאר 1939 משה-לייב האלפערן א”א ; ניגונים פון לייבו לעווין  צייכענונגען און שער-בלאט האט געמאכט איזיו שערף

 1969 ,תל-אביב : עקד


נשים בתנ”ך : והשתקפותן באגדה, בשיר, בספור, במסה ובמחקר …  לקט, ההדיר והוסיף אחרית־דבר, עם מפתחות, ישראל זמורה

 1964 ,מחברות לספרות


ספר פריו בעתו : פירוש ממצה וכולל על פירוש רש”י למסכת עירובין ישראל יעקב הלוי

731 ,בני-ברק ; תל-אביב : בדפוס ל. פרידמן


חקרי תלמוד שמעון פדרבוש

698 ,ירושלים: הוצאת ספרים הארץ-ישראלית


מעות של חנוכה : משחק בשלש תמונות שלום-עליכם ; תרגם ועבד לבימה על-פי ספורו של המחבר על־ידי י. ד. ברקוביץ

 1928 ,תל-אביב : דביר




New books December 2019

By Vanessa Freedman, on 16 January 2020

Judaism without Jews : philosemitism and Christian polemic in early modern England Eliane Glaser. Basingstoke England ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan: 2007.

Confessions of a Yiddish writer and other essays Chava Rosenfarb, edited by Goldie Morgentaler. Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen’s University Press: 2019.

Arabesques Anton Shammas. Harmondsworth : Penguin: 1990.

The Syriac Peshitta Bible with English translation. Chronicles English translation by Robert P. Gordon ; text prepared by George A. Kiraz, Joseph Bali. Piscataway, NJ : Gorgias Press: 2019.

Khirbet Khizeh  S. Yizhar, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange and Yaacob Dweck, afterword by David Shulman. London : Granta Publications: 2011.

New books October-November 2019

By Vanessa Freedman, on 5 December 2019

Alma mater antisemitica : akademisches Milieu, Juden und Antisemitismus an den Universitäten Europas zwischen 1918 und 1939 = Academic milieu, Jews and antisemitism at European universities between 1918 and 1939 / herausgegeben von Regina Fritz, Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe und Jana Starek. Wien : New Academic Press: 2016

Language contact, continuity and change in the genesis of modern Hebrew, edited by Edit Doron, Malka Rappaport Hovav, Yael Reshef, Moshe Taube. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2019.

Standing idly by : IDF soldiers’ inaction in the face of offenses perpetrated by Israelis against Palestinians in the West Bank, research and writing Eyal Hareuveni ; editing Ziv Stahl ; English translation, Maya Johnston. Israel : Yesh-Din: May 2015.

Vita ebraica a Lugo nei verbali delle sedute consigliari degli anni 1621-1630, [a cura di e traduzioni di] Andrea Yaakov Lattes ; con un’appendice di Mauro Perani. Firenze : Leo S. Olschki: MMXIII.

New books October-December 2018

By Vanessa Freedman, on 4 January 2019

Preventing Palestine : a political history from Camp David to Oslo Seth Anziska. Princeton : Princeton University Press: 2018

Hamas contained : the rise and pacification of Palestinian resistance. Tareq Baconi. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press: 2018

The seven lives of Colonel Patterson : how an Irish lion hunter led the Jewish Legion to victory Denis Brian. Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press: First edition.: 2008

T&T Clark companion to the Dead Sea scrolls / edited by George J. Brooke and Charlotte Hempel ; with the assistance of Michael De vries and Drew Longacre. London : T&T Clark: 2019

From Catalonia to the Caribbean : the Sephardic orbit from Medieval to modern times : essays in honor of Jane S. Gerber / edited by Federica Francesconi, Stanley Mirvis, Brian M. Smollett. Leiden : Brill: 2018

The sound of our steps : a novel Ronit Matalon author. Dalya Bilu, translator. New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company: First U.S. Edition.: 2015

New books September 2018

By Vanessa Freedman, on 6 September 2018

Ḥalamish le-maʻayano mayim : meḥḳarim be-ḳabalah, halakhah, minhag ṿe-hagut mugashim li-Prof. Mosheh Ḥalamish = The flint into a fountain of waters : studies in kabbalah, Jewish law, custom and philosophy submitted to Prof. Moshe Hallamish / ʻorkhim, Avi Elḳayam, Ḥavivah Pedayah.
Yerushalayim : Karmel, [776 = 2016]

Brenner, Michael
In search of Israel : the history of an idea
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]

Eldar, Eran
ha-Derekh le-’77 : ḳerisatah shel hegmoniyat Mifleget ha-poʻalim 1965-1977.
Tel Aviv : ʻAm ʻoved, [2018]

Shavit, Shabtai
Rosh ha-Mosad.
Rishon le-Tsiyon : Yediʻot aḥaronot, [2018]

Schreier, Joshua
The merchants of Oran : a Jewish port at the dawn of empire.
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2017]

ha-Mishnah : lefi ketav yad Ḳaʼufman.
[Yerushalayim] : ha-Aḳademyah la-lashon ha-ʻIvrit, 777- [2017-]

New books August 2018

By Vanessa Freedman, on 6 August 2018

Jagodzińska, Agnieszka
“Duszozbawcy”? : misje i literatura Londyńskiego Towarzystwa Krzewienia Chrześcijaństwa wśród Żydów w latach 1808-1939
Kraków : Wydawnictwo Austeria, 2017.


Ruta, Magdalena
Without Jews? : Yiddish literature in the People’s Republic of Poland on the Holocaust, Poland and Communism.
Kraków : Jagiellonian University Press, 2018.
1st English ed.

Kozinitz, Isaac
Afn ṭaykh : a drame in 5 aḳṭn.
Rige : [o. fg.], 1921.

Basman Ben-Haim, Rivka.
Der shmeykhl fun a boym = Ḥiyukho shel ha-ʻets.
Tel-Oviv : Ḳeshev le-shirah : H. Leyṿiḳ-Farlag, 2016.

Rubin, Moisés.
Der zeyde un dos eyniḳl : tsum hunderṭ yoriḳn yubileum funm groysn ṿorṭ-ḳinsṭler Sholem Yanḳev Abramoṿiṭsh (Mendele Moykher Sforim) : un tsum tsṿantsiḳsṭn yortsayṭ fun … Sholem Rabinoṿiṭsh (Sholem Aleykhem)
Buenos Ayres : [o. fg.], 1936.

Medem, Gina.
Di froy : in der heym, in fabriḳ, in gezelshafṭlekhn lebn.
Nyu Yorḳ : Ḳooperaṭiṿer folḳs-farlag fun inṭernatsyonaln arbeṭer ordn, 1937.

Gorbunov, Kuzʹma.
Dos ayz geyṭ : roman / Yidish, Y. Ḳipnis.
Ḳieṿ : Ḳooperaṭiṿer farlag “Ḳulṭur-lige”, 1390 [i.e. 1930]

Charney, Daniel.
Mishpoḥeh-khroniḳ : memuarn : ershṭer ṭeyl : ḳinder-yorn, 1888-1901.
Ṿilne : B. Ḳletsḳin, 1927.

Perlow, Itzjok.
Unṭergang : lider un poemen.
Ṿarshe : Farlag Ḳonṭurn, 1935.

Patt, Emanuel.
Yidishe ḳinder tsuriḳ tsum lebn.
Nyu Yorḳ : Yidisher arbeṭer ḳomiṭeṭ, 1946.

Goichberg, Israel.
Ḳamtsa un Bar Ḳamtsa / holtsshniṭn fun Neṭaʻ Ḳozloṿsḳi.
Nyu Yorḳ : Matones̀, 1931.

Aleḳs, Moysheh ben Tsodeḳ.
Fertsig yohr in Ṿashingṭon, oder, Ṿer iz ṿer.
Ṿashingṭon : [publisher not identified], 1942.

Batnitzky, Jonathan.
Yiśroel tsṿishn Mizreḥ un Mayrev.
Yohanesburg : farlag “Ḳayor”, 1950.