About the Site

The Jewish press in its many and varied languages is first and foremost a source of information on the history and culture of world Jewry and on the countries of Jews' residence in the modern era. The Historical Jewish Press website brings the digitization revolution to this field and offers the possibility to perform a full search of all the published text of a given newspaper throughout all the years of its publication. Using the ActivePaper software of the Olive-Software company, the website hopes to make avilable online the majority of Jewish newspapers and journals published in the past, including extremely rare newspapers to which access has been previously impossible.

This website's initiators, Tel Aviv University and the Jewish National and University Library, encourage additional partners and contributors — be they academic, public, or private groups or individuals — to join in this project, with the goal of expanding our collection and establishing within it distinctive departments organized by language and locality (click here for further details). Our ambition is for the website to provide representation of all the Jewish communities of the world and of the newspapers which they have published.

The following pages provide a broad range of information addressing different aspects of the project. This information is intended to assist the user by providing both an understanding of the internal logic of the website and concrete suggestions for website usage.

  Table of Contents:
  1. Content-related Aspects of the Project
    • What Makes a Newspaper a 'Jewish Newspaper'?
    • Types of Content Available in this Site
    • Historical and Lingual Considerations in Searching and Browsing Historical Newspapers
  2. Technological Aspects of the Project
    • The technologies on which the project is based
    • How the technologies are implemented by the 'Jewish Historical Press' website
    • Technological limitations
  3. How do I Join the Project?
  4. Credits
    • Site Staff
    • Collaborating Institutions
    • Academic Commission

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