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.