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Excellent Sites Of Jewish Interest
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Aish Ha-Torah is dedicated to providing Jewish educational resources, advice, and information on the Jewish experience, Jewish spirituality, scripture, history, culture, and events. A wealth of information is available on virtually every aspect of Judaism, and the holiday and historical pages are invaluable: (http://www.aish.com/)

The opening statement reads: "Look at our faces. See the world through our eyes. Despite our differences, we are one family...one people united in our belief that together we can change people's lives. We are HADASSAH...at work in all corners of the world. Our strength comes from action. And our actions bring to our sisters, to our homeland, to our nation the precious gifts of health, education...the power of hope." That statement beautifully describes the mission of this outstanding organization of women devoted to bringing medical care, education, peace and well being to all who live in Israel, Jew and non-Jew alike. As a Hadassah Lifetime Member, I deeply believe in the people who do this work and I deeply believe in the work itself: (http://www.hadassah.org/)

The amazing Jewish Virtual Library provides an extensive selection of historical documents from Jewish history and Scriptures, the Holocaust, the United Nations, human rights, Jewish communities worldwide and much much more. Information is provided as a vehicle for the research, study, discussion and exchange of views between the peoples and governments of the United States and Israel as a partnership between Israelis and Americans, to explore issues of common historical interest to the peoples and governments of the United States and Israel, to sponsor research, conferences and documentaries, to provide educational materials on Jewish history and culture, and to promote scholarship in the field of Israel studies. (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/index.html)

Posters from Israel (http://www.israelimage.net/) by Jack Hazut, who has designed hundreds of posters about Israel. All are printed on photographic paper in poster size at 18”x24” and are available on CD Rom as well. Hazut was born in Jerusalem in 1953 and has taken photographs of Israel for decades, witnessing many historical events as well as documenting Israel's many landscapes. He has lived in the U.S. since 1974, but journeys often to Israel and travels extensively worldwide as well with camera in hand. His work has been used and published worldwide. Check out the many pages of his posters on his site.

The Jerusalem of Gold Website (http://www.jerusalemofgold.co.il), devoted to the song "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" (Jerusalem of Gold) by Israel Prize-Winner Naomi Shemer, provides background information concerning the song and includes a number of sources on the web with numerous songs of Israel, including lyrics in Hebrew and English and music. The site also provides the history of the song itself, various English transliterations to the song, the theme of "Jerusalem of Gold" in talmudic and midrashic literature, various musical expressions of the song, and the song as a metaphor. Well worth a visit to experience the beautiful music of Israel, of which this is a foremost example.

Bible Quiz is a free educational program for all ages. Test your knowledge of Biblical events (based on a literal reading of the text). With 3,150 multiple choice questions from Torah and 54 topics from which to choose, you can keep busy for some time discovering the accuracy of your memory. The quiz randomly selects questions from its database, so no two quizzes are alike. You can also browse the database for questions with correct answers An informative, educational, and fun way to review your knowledge of the scriptures for all ages — and the creators of the program hope it will inspire you to study the Bible and its classical commentaries further. (http://www.bible-quiz.co.il/)

The Jewish Film Online Archive (http://www.jewishfilm.com/). Listings by alphabet, description, theme, subject, year, and description of thousands of notable Jewish films and videos from around the world, as well as Best Jewish Film Nominees, Newest Films, Oscar Nominees, Film Fest Links, and Jewish Film Books. An invaluable resource.

Micahbooks (http://www.micahbooks.com) specializes in subjects of Jewish interest from around the world, including Jewish vegeterianism, Jewish support for animal rights, children's books, anthologies of Jewish writing worldwide, Jewish women writers, and more.

Kabbalah and Chassidut: Gateway to the Inner Dimension. (http://www.inner.org/). This extensive site offers a contemporary presentation of classical topics in Jewish Mystical Thought as taken from the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh.

Bnei Baruch World Center for Kabbalah Studies hosts the largest online resource of free information on kabbalah and related topics. It has received numerous awards from many prestigious organizations, including Microsoft and Brittanica. Thousands of students and spiritual seekers from around the world use its wide variety of text, video, audio, and graphic content daily. For kabbalah lessons, free courses, books, distant learning, mp3s, questions and answers, live lessons, music broadcasts, and kabbalah FAQ, visit http://www.kabbalah.info

Conversion to Judaism (http://www.convertingtojudaism.com/). Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn believes that "to bring someone into the waters of the mikveh is the deepest spirtual adventure." He has developed a course of "Introduction to Judaism through the Internet" intended for individuals who live in areas where no rabbis are available. In Judaism, the decision to marry implies a willingness to enter wholeheartedly into a sacred covenant with another person. Rabbi Cukierkorn will perform intermarraiges and/or co-officiate your Interfaith cermony with all Clergy. The wedding may take place in the synagogue, home, hotel, or even under the open sky, as long as the wedding is held in an atmosphere of "kedusha" (holiness). Contact him at this excellent site.

Rabbi Abe Abrahami (http://www.abeabrahami.com/) is a Mentor, Public Speaker, Author, Therapist & Alternative Medicine Practitioner, Change & Stress Management Consultant, and an International Traveler & Explorer. A scholar and lecturer on Kabbalism and alternative medicine, he additionally assists blue chip companies and government agencies to save or increase revenue through performance improvement and training.

Kosher Food Worldwide:
A Chat Resource regarding Kosher Food Worldwide
Kosher.com: They bill themselves as your one-stop kosher store. Choose from fresh and frozen, produce, fish market, butcher shop with meats cut to order, free range and organic poultry, dairy, pizza shop, pet food, gift baskets and gift certificates, travel meals, bakery and dessert shop, cosmetics and catering, wine & spirits, and Israeli goods.

Mazel Tops Yarmalkes: What a great gift! With the exception of my own CD's and cassettes (!), I can't think of a better Jewish gift than these unique hand-painted yarmalkes. Each yarmalke is personalized with a name in Hebrew, English or both and makes an appropriate gift for any occasion. Designs range from contemporary to traditional. They will even personalize yarmalkes for your school, shul, group, or organization. (http://www.mazeltops.com/)


Beyond the Pale: An outstanding historical exhibit of the Jews of Russia

Ancient Israelites in Japan
Do many of the rituals and customs of the Japanese have Jewish origins? They might! (http://www2.biglobe.ne.jp/~remnant/isracame.htm)

Jewish Roma: Micaela Pavoncello, a native of Rome, offers tours of The Main Synagogue, Jewish catacombs, Jewish Museum and Ghetto. See the Vatican from a Jewish prospective with exclusive access to the Vatican's Jewish Section. Michaela's site also offers fine reference information and photos of the Jewish Community of Rome. (http://www.jewishroma.com)

Hummingbird Kibbutz (http://hummingbirdkibbutz.us/) is a Jewish Caribbean cultural exchange based in Pittsburgh, PA with a kibbutz in Sav-la-Mar, Jamaica. Its purpose is to educate Jews and non-Jews about the Jewish history of the Caribbean, largely settlers of Sephardic Jews escaping Spain and Portugal. This fascinating history covers 500 years and is not widely known. The site contains information regarding Caribbean Jewish Travel, the Jamaican synagogue, Humming Kibburtz projects, and the kibbutz itself. A most interesting site and project well worth visiting.

Jewish Genealogy and Guide in Poland: A beautiful, extensive, and beneficial site offering guidance and genealogy services for Poland, Polish Jews, and the Holocaust. Genealogist, guide, and researcher Tomasz Cebulski offers genealogy services and travels throughout Poland, and his website details many of the sites to see as well as the history of the 3.3 million Jews populating this nation before the Holocaust who were erased by the Nazi and Communist regimes and are now only gradually returning. http://www.jewish-guide.pl/

Yahoodi.com featuring Famous Jews Interactive. If you're looking for information on virtually any Jew of note, look no further. You can search by name, occupation, talent, or keyword. Browse the seemingly endless categories. Famous Jews Interactive is the result of a collaboration between Yahoodi and the Center for Ethnic Jewish Studies (CEJES), located in Ramat Aviv, Israel. The site also now includes its newest section, The Peace Encyclopedia (http://www.yahoodi.com/peace/index.html), with answers to over 400 frequently-asked questions regarding the Middle East conflict and Israeli-Palestinian issues, citing references from hundreds of sources. An indispensible resource.

Maven: More than 7,500 Jewish/Israel links on news, business, entertainment, education, history, science, arts, travel, women, government, youth, communities and synagogues, and much more. (http://www.maven.co.il/)

Hundreds of Jewish websites, Jewish publications, and Jewish subjects are to be found at Virtual Jerusalem

Albert Einstein: Image and Impact. A lovingly-created photographic and informational tour of the life of Albert Einstein, including his own writings. (http://www.aip.org/history/einstein/)

The University of Wisconsin Women's Studies Librarian's Office Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Archival Resources on the History of Jewish Women in America, containing an extensive listing of books, periodicals, anthologies, memoirs, creative writings, oral histories, and archives of Jewish Women in America. (http://womenst.library.wisc.edu/jewwom/jwmain.html)

Jewish Womens Archive (http://www.jwa.org/main.htm), whose mission is to uncover, chronicle and transmit the rich legacy of Jewish women and their contributions to our families and communities, to our people and our world.

National Council of Jewish Women (http://www.ncjw.org/). With a century-long history, a purposeful mission and dedicated members in 500 communities across the nation, NCJW continues makes an impact on vital issues affecting women in all walks of life.
The Internet Jewish History Sourcebook (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/jewish/jewishsbook.html) contains links to hundreds of web resources on the people Israel, Jewish medieval history, modern Jewish theology, Bible studies, ethnogenesis, Jewish lineage, the prophets, Talmud and Midrash, the synagogue, Dead Sea Scrolls, Diaspora, worldwide Jewish communities, Jewish economic activity, anti-semitism, Holocaust studies, modern Jewish life, Jewish political life, the state of Israel, women in Judaism, and Jewish studies.

The Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami (http://jmof.fiu.edu) is dedicated to telling the story of more than 236 years of the Florida Jewish Experience from 1763 to the present. The museum examines how Jews form part of a dynamic mosaic of ethnic groups, all seeking to balance the traditions of their heritage with the values and customs of a larger society. Exhibits explore the richness, diversity, and unique ways in which Florida Jews influence and are influenced by the historic and cultural dynamics of Florida, the nation, and the world.

FloridaJewish.Com, a comprehensive resource of the dynamic Jewish communities in Florida, with listings for kosher restaurants, synagogues, community organizations, shabbat times, driving directions, weekly parshas, and many other Florida Jewish references.

Jewish Network.Com, a comprehensive, worldwide list of Jewish events, including Aipac, Aish HaTorah, American Cancer Society, Chabad Lubavitch, Israel Bonds, Israeli dancing, Isralight, Jewish Community Centers, Jewish Federations, Jewish National Fund, Jewish singles, Kabbalah, Livnot, Mosaic Outdoor Clubs, synagogues, UJA, and WIZO, as well as links to a variety of Jewish sites.

Anyone interested in a history of the Jewish community in the Tampa Bay Area would be deeply impressed by and want to own a personal copy of the recently-released volume, Histories of the Jewish People of Pinellas County, Florida - 1883-2005. A thorough encyclopedic rendering of Jewish Tampa Bay, it was authored by Dr. Herman (Hank) Koren. Hank is recipient of the internationally acclaimed Walter S. Mangold Award, the highest honor in environmental health in the United States and has published eighteen books. He and his wife Donna have voluntarily spent 9,000 hours of time in the last six years to present this gift to the community and have donated the copyright to Temple B'nai Israel of Clearwater to benefit the temple's educational program in full. I can't tell you how impressed I have been by the extensive research that Hank has conducted, and the careful, thoughtful and completely enjoyable rendering of the history of Tampa Bay Jewish congregations, organizations, and notable individuals who have contributed to Jewish life in its many forms in the Tampa Bay area for nearly 125 years since Jewish life began here. It is a beautiful and powerful volume that I feel privileged to own. Visit http://www.sptimes.com/2007/04/08/Neighborhoodtimes/Scribe_tells_history_.shtml to learn more about the book.

In the Tampa Bay Area, where Joy is based, Jewish congregations and Jewish resources include the followiong:

Pinellas & Pasco Counties: St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Port Richey
Jewish Federation of Pinellas County – http://www.jewishpinellas.org/
Florida Jewish Directory – http://www.realfloridajewishdirectory.com/Florida/
Congregation Ahavat Shalom (Reform), Palm Harbor – http://www.ahavatshalom.org/
Congregation B'nai Emmunah (Reform), Tarpon Springs – http://www.bnaiemmunah.org/
Temple B'nai Israel (Reform), Clearwater – http://www.tbiclearwater.org
Temple Beth El (Reform), St. Petersburg – http://www.templebeth-el.com/
Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative), Clearwater – http://www.cbsclearwater.org
Congregation B'nai Israel (Conservative), St. Petersburg– http://www.cbistpete.org/
Chabad of St. Petersburg (Orthodox), St. Petersburg – http://www.chabadsp.com/
Chabad of Pinellas County (Orthodox), Palm Harbor – http://www.yichabad.com/
Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Clearwater – http://www.gcjfs.org/
Jo-El's Kosher Delicatessan & Catering, St. Petersburg – http://www.joelskosher.com
Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg – http://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/
Menorah Manor Jewish Nursing Home, St. Petersburg – http://www.menorahmanor.org/

Hillsborough County: Tampa
Tampa JCC & Jewish Federation – http://www.jewishtampa.com/
Tampa-Orlando-Pinellas Jewish Foundation – http://topjewishfoundation.org/
Tampa Hebrew Academy – http://www.hebrewacademyoftampa.com/
Tampa Jewish Family Services, Tampa – http://www.tjfs.org/
Congregation Schaarai Zedek (Reform), Tampa – http://www.zedek.org/
Congregation Beth Am (Reform), Tampa – http://www.bethamtampa.org
Congregation Kol Ami (Conservative), Tampa – http://www.kolami.org/
Congregation Rodeph Shalom (Conservative), Tampa – http://www.rsholom.org/
Chabad of Tampa Bay/Congregation Bais Tefillah (Orthodox), Tampa – http://www.chabadoftampabay.com/
Young Israel of Tampa/Beth David (Orthodox), Tampa – http://www.youngisraeloftampa.org/
Hillel Academy of Tampa, Tampa – http://www.hillelacademytampa.com/

The Central Bureau of Israeli Statistics: (http://www1.cbs.gov.il/reader/cw_usr_view_Folder?ID=141). Israel in figures, data, and economic information


Eye on Israel, interactive map of Israel (http://www.eyeonisrael.com/)
Israel Science & Techology - extensive resources (http://www.science.co.il/israel-map.asp)
Maps of Israel - Extensive collection of ancient and modern maps of Israel (http://www.zionism-israel.com/maps/Israel_Maps.htm)

Lowshot ... Israel's largest base of aerial photography. Select a city, town, village, moshav, kibbutz, archaeological site, or other sites,
and view beautiful aerial shots of the site or region. (http://www.lowshot.com/)

InIsrael.com: http://www.inisrael.com/tour/main.html. City guides, traveler information, events listings, local maps,
and much more make this site a useful resource when visiting Israel.

All-Israel.com Travel Directory offers an outstanding range of travel services in Israel including hotels and accommodations for any budget and travel need.

EMCO Travel/Jewish Travel Agency is operated by my friend Sophia Kulich, who specializes in customized and kosher Jewish itineraries and taking care of the needs of the Jewish traveler worldwide. To connect with Jewish communities and Jewish travelers and re-connect with your roots, contact Sophia at http://www.jewishtravelagency.com

Jewish Womens' Resources: An eclectic collection of links to Jewish organizational, congregational, cultural, and social information for and about Jewish women.

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