offer annotated links to some pioneering websites
not already included in our other lists. A few will
be very old, some noteworthy for having introduced
some refreshing content and a few will be
technically and visually outstanding.
This is a new page (as of June 2008) and will grow.
Last changed in September 2013.
Jewish Internet Consortium
Shamash (Hebrew for "servant")
Jewish site from 1992-1998 and home to
many email lists. Web hosting wasn't easily
found then, so Shamash, itself hosted on a New York State
research consortium's computer, made space
available on a cost-sharing basis to many Jewish
organizations. Example, it was host to the site of the Union for Reform Judaism, which, in
turn, hosted its own affiliates. Ten years ago a
congregation that today is www.myshul.org might have
Judaism and Jewish
Started in 1993 and still being maintained,
Andrew Tannenbaum's list is perhaps the
internet's oldest Jewish link list. The original 1993 page is still
online. The page was designed in a time when connections were dial-up and
modems only 2400 bits/second, so images were rarely used. In the days before search engines, such
link lists were
important ways to find websites. This list is still on Shamash
Center for Online Judaic
COJS aims to make accessible the riches of the Jewish past
through the utilization of the internet. It is a leader in the
digitization of Jewish history. Their website is dazzling. Worth a visit
to see websites on the Jewish past, each one created with good graphics and
solid scholarship. You may ask (as we do) why text is often in text-only
pages, separate from images and separate from videos.
Like their magnificent structure on Fifth Avenue and East 65th Street in
New York, their website is deep and beautiful throughout.
virtual tour of the building is impressive.
But to us the most remarkable aspect of the site is its attention to
history, with a well illustrated
timeline. While only highlights of their
Museum of Judaica are
shown, each image has an extensive explanation. Last, while most websites are created by
many professionals, staff and volunteers, too often the only credit
shown is the web developer. This site's
Acknowledgements page does it right.
Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project
This website, which went online in April 2007, offers the digitized online history of the Jewish community of
Pittsburgh and its outlying areas. It has searchable copies of The Jewish
Criterion (1895-1962), American Jewish Outlook (1934-1962) and the
Jewish Chronicle (1962-present).
Implementation of this project by Carnegie Mellon University was
partially supported by the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh.
Also see another remarkable example of community collaboration,