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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.

There are many great Jewish websites on the Internet. Which resources do you use and trust? Please add to this list by joining the conversation in the comments!


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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

13 thoughts on “10 Great Jewish Websites”

  1. Well, honestly, I must start with – I trust you. I am most likely to go to and trust a website that a trusted friend or teacher recommends. I trust the websites of the 3 major branches of Judaism. I know the perspective of each and read them with that in mind.

    I love My Jewish Learning and http://www.jewfaq.org. The second is not as glossy as the first but it provides good basic info and labels each page as Basic or Intermediate or Advanced or Gentile.

    I like several of the news sites but I keep in mind that they are “selling” a story so the headlines can be overly sensational and even misleading. (annoying! but that’s what sells)

    1. For me, it’s a complete deal breaker when a website disparages other Jews. There are some glossy websites that I haven’t included for that reason. Fudged credentials also really bother me. I appreciate jewfaq precisely because the author is so clear about not being a rabbi.

  2. Good list!
    I’m a fan of mechon-mamre.org for Hebrew-English parallel Biblical text; and of Mikledet.org’s Virtual Hebrew keyboard.
    Let’s not forget The Forward! Forward.com.

  3. Tasha is right about The Forward and Tablet– both outstanding. I love Haaretz too. And yes, Rabbi Ruth, your site is a must-read! But how about Kulanu.org — follow the progress of diverse Jewish communities all over the world, and see how Kulanu is helping people from other countries who want to become Jewish. Thanks to their work, there are now active Jewish communities in places you wouldn’t expect!

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