Hosted by the American Jewish Historical Society, this searchable database provides access to images of American Jews before 1865. The site can be searched by keyword, portrait name, artist name and artist date.
An Oral History of the Pittsburgh Jewish Community
Created by the Pittsburgh Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, this site provides access to more than 500 oral histories of Jewish life in this part of Pennsylvania. You can browse or search by name, geographic index or subject.
Created in 1995, the goal of this site housed at Brown University is to document the history of this region in New York that was played an important role in American Jewish history. The site has a database of hotels and bungalow colonies along with links to relevant sites and online discussion groups for those who spent time in this region.
This project documents the history of Jews in Maine since the 1800s. The database is searchable by a variety of fields. The collection contains oral histories, audio interviews, photographs, documents, a burial index and links to library collections.
A joint effort of the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the American Jewish Historical Society, and the Center for Jewish History, this site provides access to the digitized records of five major New York synagogues that date back to 1730: Shearith Israel, Bnai Jeshrun, and Ansche Chesed, the Kane Street Synagogue and the Eldridge Street Synagogue.
From Haven to Home: The Library of Congress Exhibit on Jewish Life in America
This site from the Library of Congress celebrates 350 years of Jewish life in America. There is a timeline, an interactive exhibit, a section of immigration and more than two hundred treasures of American Judaica from the collections of the Library of Congress.
“ The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Association, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and US Holocaust Memorial Museum have joined together to create a portal providing links to resources. In addition to learning about the various events that will be taking place during this month, students can listen to oral histories of select Jewish-American soldiers who fought during World War II. They can view online exhibitions, watch presentations, and study images that document Jewish-American experiences. Teachers will find links to lesson plans and other teaching resources that can be used to enhance classroom activities.”
In the collection, you will find over 5,000 images related to Jewish life in early America. The database includes both photos of material culture (gravestones, ritual baths, synagogues, houses, furniture, etc.) and archival documents (probate records and land evidence) from many of the key ports where Jews settled in North America and the Caribbean, as well as several crucial ports from which they immigrated (Amsterdam, London, Hamburg).
The site provides materials about Jews in the Civil War, Jews in the Wild West, the history of Palestine in the 19th century and the full searchable text of The Occident and American Jewish Advocate, a periodical published from 1843-1868.
Created by The Center for Jewish History in New York, this site provides a portrait of the American Jewish community through a searchable gallery of images, photos, documents, and artifacts from the collections of its five member groups. An interactive timeline, links to relevant websites, and in-depth essays are available as well.
Through this site, you can experience the history of the Jews of Los Angeles, California. This is a partnership between the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, the UCLA Library and Special Collections, the University of Southern California.
Created by the late Dr. Seymour J. Perlin, this site provides information, photos, a glossary and bibliography about Jewish life in the Bronx, New York, with a special focus on the synagogues in the South Bronx.
From the University of Las Vegas comes this site that “serves as a gateway to primary sources about the Southern Nevada Jewish experience and includes oral history transcripts, audio clips, newspapers, historical documents, photographs, scrapbooks, videos, and more.”