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Mission Statement of the AJR Library

The mission of the library at the Academy for Jewish Religion is to meet the learning, educational and informational needs of the students, faculty and administration. This includes the students in the M.A. program and the Rabbinical and Cantorial students studying for Ordination.

The library will provide easy access to appropriate books, databases, scholarly material and other content in the areas of sacred Jewish texts, Hebrew language, liturgy, philosophy, spirituality, and issues of the pluralistic, contemporary Jewish community. It will include resources in print, online, digital, audio and video formats.

In order to accomplish this mission, the librarian will develop a print and virtual collection that meets the immediate needs of the students and faculty and that supports the curriculum. The collection will be enhanced with input from faculty, students and the librarian.

To further support the mission of the Academy, the library maintains a page on the AJR website with links to appropriate resources. These include the library catalog of holdings as well as free and subscription databases to support the research needs of the students and faculty.

Library at AJR

The library at AJR includes a core collection of more than 10,000 books, periodicals, sheet music, recordings and other media supporting the multi-denominational aspects of academic and spiritual learning at the Academy. The collection ranges from classical texts to works on philosophy, history, Israel, music, liturgy and issues facing modern Jews. Library services include research assistance, inter-library loan and access to the Internet. A brief list of useful sites can be found below.

  • JSTOR ACCESS
    AJR subscribes to the Jewish Studies Archive Collection of JSTOR. This collection in JSTOR (Journal Storage) is a searchable, digitized archive of sixty scholarly journals — from the first date of publication to three to five years ago. Access to JSTOR through AJR is available to current AJR students and faculty as well as to AJR alumni only and may not be shared with others. For access information, please contact either the AJR librarian or Rabbi-in-Residence, Rabbi Jeff Hoffman.

    If you explore the site, please note that JSTOR hosts dozens of clusters of journals in different subjects. AJR’s subscription only applies to the Jewish Studies Archive Collection. At the bottom of the JSTOR website, under “Help and Support,” you will find tutorial links.

Tanakh and Rabbinics

  • Mechon Mamre
    Mechon Mamre is a small group of observant Jewish Torah scholars in Israel who live by the plain and simple meaning of the RaMBaM’s Mishneh Torah and actively encourage others to do so. Most of us belong to the mainstream “Baladi” Yemenite Jewish community, continuing the tradition of living by the Mishneh Torah since the very days when the RaMBaM lived, and are students of the Rav Yosef ben-Dawid QaafiH zS”l (the leading rabbinical expert in recent generations on the teachings of the RaMBaM in general and on his Mishneh Torah in particular).

Liturgy

Music/Cantorial

  • Cantorial Library Sheet Music Collection
    These spreadsheets identify cantorial collections, sheet music, songbooks, and books related to cantillation, that are not represented in AJR’s online catalog. Each relates directly to the title, cantor, and to all that the professional leader of prayer is responsible for. These materials range from the Ashkenaz, Sepharad, Mizrah, and Oriental traditions and can be used to study the rich history of Jewish music, nusah, prayer, and piyyut which are foundational to the cultural and religious practice of Judaism.
  • Judaica Sound Archive
    Authoritative catalog and selected audio of Jewish music, emphasis on pre-1950 Yiddish and U.S. recordings. From Florida Atlantic University. Audio-visual site with compositions, composers, ensembles and recorded and printed media from the Jewish Music Institute in London.
  • The National Sound Archives (Israel)
    A sample of digitized audio of music from Israel and worldwide Jewish communities, from the Jerusalem National University Library
  • Piyut
    This website presents a variety of lenses to see into the world of piyut. There are two archives: a collection of piyutim and melodies, and texts and melodies not classically defined as piyutim“ such as selections from Psalms or traditional Jewish prayers. Piyut is a joint initiative of the Avi Chai Foundation and  Kehilot Sharot (Singing Communities), an organization also supported by the Avi Chai Foundation.
  • Journal of Synagogue Music a publication of the Cantor’s Assembly.
    Current and back issues are available online. The journal offers articles and music of broad interest to hazzanim and other Jewish professionals. Links to Proceedings of the Cantor’s Assembly conventions are also posted on this page.

Psycholoygy/Sociology

Dictionaries/Encyclopedias

  • The Jewish Encyclopedia– unedited 1906 edition
    Unedited contents of the encyclopedia originally published in New York, 1901 & 1906
  • Morphix
    A free online Hebrew-English and English-Hebrew dictionary, covering not just individual words but also phrases and idioms from all language strata such as literary forms, English and Hebrew slang, acronyms and technological terms.General Resources

General Resources

  • RAMBI
    A selective bibliography of more than 400,000 articles (Hebrew, English and other) in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel and the State of Israel, from the National Library of Israel. Updated daily.
  • Calendar Converter
    View monthly Jewish calendar, convert dates between Jewish and Gregorian (or Julian) calendars, look up candle-lighting times for Shabbat and Jewish holidays and other relevant daily schedules.
  • JTA archive 1923-2008
    Daily postings of journalists world-wide for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, from 1923 to 2008. View monthly Jewish calendar, convert dates between Jewish and Gregorian (or Julian) calendars, look up candle-lighting times for Shabbat and Jewish holidays and other relevant daily schedules.
  • Academia.edu
    With their mission to accelerate the world’s research, Academia.edu operates as a platform for academics to share research papers, while monitoring deep analytics around the impact of their research and tracking the research of academics they follow.
  • Jewish National University Library- Judaica Electronic Resources
  • The Feinberg eCollection 
    A collection of Jewish Studies databases which give full-text access to Biblical and Rabbinic sources as well as scholarly journals.

Hebrew

  • Hebrew Verb Tables
    Site that allows one to quickly check a particular verb’s full conjugation and form, explore the site’s dictionary, or play around with binyans, roots and specific conjugation properties to improve or double-check your understanding of grammar.

Digital Books

  • Hebrewbooks.org
    A rich repository of traditional (mostly rabbinic) texts from the Talmudic age to the 20th century
  • The Library at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
  • Koran in English
  • Jacob Klatzkin, Dictionary of Hebrew Philosophical Terms (Otzar Ha-munahim ha-filosofiyim; Thesaurus Philosophicus Linguae Hebraicae; Eshkol, Berlin, 1928, 4 vols.). The most comprehensive dictionary of philosophical and scientific Hebrew terms culled from the medieval Jewish philosophical literature, with extensive textual examples. Definitions are given in Hebrew and German, unfortunately not in English. A must for scholars doing original research in medieval Jewish philosophy.
  • Solomon Ibn Gabirol (11th century), Fountain of Life. Translated by Alfred Jacob (1958), edited by Leonard Levin (2005). The only complete English translation of this major work of medieval Jewish philosophy. Composed originally in Arabic, it was translated completely into Latin (12th-13th century) and partially into Hebrew; the original Arabic text was lost. The fascinating story of the recovery, translation, and editing of this work is told in the preface to this edition.