Jewish Links

Harvard University’s Pluralism Project has for more than twenty years been systematically collecting and collating information and resources about various faith traditions. Whether you’re seeking a quick overview, an in-depth analysis or a varied collection of items about Judaism, this is a good place to start.

BBC on Judaism. The BBC religion website has an excellent, simple, compact, easy-to-read overview of Judaism. After looking at the religion “at a glance,” you can peruse succinct material about beliefs; customs; history; the Holocaust; holy days; ethics; people; rites; subdivisions; texts; worship.

Orlando’s Holocaust Center. “The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is an organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice, with the ultimate goal of developing a moral and just community through its extensive outreach of educational and cultural programs.” states: “Since its launch in February 2000, has become the world’s largest Jewish content website, logging over a million monthly user sessions with 380,000 unique email subscribers . . . .’s goal is to give every Jew the opportunity to discover his or her heritage in an atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect.”

The Anti-Defamation League. “The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators and the public. The League: scrutinizes and exposes extremists and hate groups; monitors hate on the Internet; provides expertise on domestic and international terrorism; probes the roots of hatred; develops and delivers educational programs; fosters interfaith/intergroup relations; mobilizes communities to stand up against bigotry; defends the security of Israel and Jews worldwide; maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date Web site.”

The Jewish Daily Forward declares concerning itself: “Respected both here and abroad for its uncompromising independence, balanced reportage and distinctive editorial perspective, the Forward is the recognized opinion-leader for American Jews. The Forward is acknowledged by the journalism community and prominent leaders in politics, business and the arts as an unparalleled authority on issues that affect the Jewish world, today and tomorrow.” Check out how to subscribe to the Forward‘s free email newsletter at, browse the website at or go to for a subscription to the print edition.

The Patheos Religious Library provides a well-organized, well-presented, comprehensive overview of various faith traditions and the subsections within the faith traditions. For a good introduction to Judaism’s origins, history, beliefs rituals and worship, and ethics and community, check out

The Harmony Project website contains a section called “Sacred Paths,” which examines some fourteen faith traditions. The presentation of each faith includes an overview essay, written by someone familiar with that faith tradition but not necessarily an adherent. It also includes interviews with adherents, who talk candidly about their faith journey. There also are recommended books for further study. For Judaism, go to