The Internet offers a wealth of Jewish learning resources. However, not all the information “out there” is of equal quality. If a website seems to differ from what you learn from your rabbi, talk with your rabbi, and with your teachers.
Ask who is behind the website. Question anything on the Internet that seems to be “off.”
Be skeptical. Ask questions. Questions are a Jewish tradition, too!
Jewish Periodicals Online
J., The Jewish Newsweekly of Northern California – The title says it all: this is the periodical to follow if you want to keep up on Jewish life in Northern California.
The Forward – The Forward is American Jewry’s foremost Jewish newspaper.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Want up-to-the-minute Jewish news? The JTA has served that purpose for American Jewry for a long time (as you can see by its name).
Moment Magazine – Jewish Politics, Culture and Religion, served up monthly since 1975.
Jewcy.com – Hip and irreverent, this is a voice for young adult Judaism.
Reform Judaism Magazine – A monthly voice for Reform Jews in North America, published by the Union for Reform Judaism.
Tablet Magazine – An online source for articles about Jewish culture.
HaAretz – The newspaper of record in Israel. This website is in English.
The Jerusalem Post – The foremost English-Language newspaper in Israel. Slightly to the right politically of HaAretz.
I’m sure I’ve left some important periodicals out. If you have one to suggest, please leave me a comment!
Learning Resources Online, all Searchable!
MyJewishLearning.com – Basic information with respect to the full spectrum of Jewish observance.
Judaism 101 – Basic information from a traditional perspective.
Jewish Virtual Library – a marvelous resource from the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.
YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe – a searchable online resource for information on Ashkenazi history and culture