"The strong point of this dictionary is its comprehensiveness [...] The entries are too brief to be of much use and are often clumsily written. Each individual is accorded only a few sentences, regardless of his or her importance [...] Added features, which include a very brief history of the Jewish people, a chronology, some maps, a glossary, and a list of entries, are inadequately executed" (from the Choice review by E. Sartori).
"Identifies hundreds of historical figures but also includes such 20th-century personages as Levi Eshkol, Albert Einstein, Meyer Lansky, and Erich Fromm. Wigoder expressly excludes any living Jew from this work because of the implicit incompleteness of that persons's entry [...] Each entry concludes with one or more bibliographic references" (from the Choice review by T. Koppel).
4 volumes. Intended to be used with the Jüdisches biographisches Archiv = Jewish biographical archive and Neue folge. Index is also searchable online. "An alphabetically arranged accumulation of biographical entries from 134 biographical reference works, published from the second half of the 18th century right up to 1948, the year in which Israel was founded. The JBA presents a comprehensive picture of the international role played by Jews in religion, culture, economics and politics. The Archive brings together 96,000 biographical entries on more than 50,000 individuals" (Publisher's description).
"Only biographical or autobiographical works in English have been included. Although the vast majority of entries are for people who lived or flourished in the 20th century, coverage extends to the beginning of the Common Era. Each entry supplies a one-sentence description identifying the subject; birth and death rates are supplied when available" (from the Choice review by T. Koppel).
"Author is perhaps rather biased towards what might be called the modern period (1700 onwards), in which seventy percent of his thinkers figure. Most specialists in the study of Jewish thought would place a great deal more weight on the classical and medieval period, but this actually gives the compilation more interest. Many of the author's thinkers are figures whose names do crop up quite a lot, and for whom there is little background information in easily accessible form" (from the Journal of Early Modern History review by Oliver Leaman).
Provides information on Jewish and Roman leaders often ignored in the Bible, as well as major and minor figures from the era of Jesus. Brief account of Jewish history from 63 BC to 135 AD, chronologies, genealogies, maps, and glossaries (Publisher's description).
"Include athletes of several nationalities from the modern era as well as names dating back to the eighteenth century [...] includes few statistical records of athletes [...] there is little information that cannot be located in some standard source" (from the ARBA review by Boyd Childress).
"Guide to over a thousand prominent men and women who have shaped Jewish culture. Covering twenty centuries of Jewish history it provides: detailed biographical information on each leading figure; analysis of their role and significance both in Jewish life and the wider culture; a comprehensive chronological table displaying the history of the Jewish race; a useful glossary giving precise definitions of Jewish words" (Publisher's description).
2 volumes and online. Published by Yale University Press and the prestigious YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, this award-winning encyclopedia covers Jewish life between Germany and the Ural Mountains from earliest settlement through the present day. The stylish online version is browsable and searchable, and offers images, audio, and video not included in the print version. The excellent entry on Polish history also contains a useful bibliography.
"Coverage is from 9000 BCE to December 1991 [...] No other works compare with this volume. Several chronologies of Jewish history exist, but they detail only a short span of Jewish experience" (from the Choice review by T. Koppel).
"Emphasis is on the modern period, with more than half of the book devoted to the 20th century. Each brief article is arranged on facing pages and is surrounded by related paintings, maps, photographs, woodcuts, and artifacts" (from the Library Journal review by Carol R. Glatt).
"Covers every day of the year and describes in one or two sentences religious events that happened on that day. The time period covered is from approximately 300 CE to 1989. An index refers from names and subjects to each date; there is also a brief glossary and a bibliography" (from the Choice review by E. Peterson).
Record of the organization, people and events in the contemporary Jewish world. (Publisher's description.) Our copy has 1928-1987, but University of Illinois-Chicago maintains a subscription. Publication began 1897.
"Although this volume is first and foremost an atlas, the text is more than a mere commentary. It is a clear, comprehensive and attractively presented account of who the Jews are, how they have come to be what they are, and where they are today, so that with the 59 maps and a wealth of illustrations, 183 in colour and 255 in black and white, this survey of the history and culture of the Jewish people is an excellent introduction" (from the Geographical Journal review by Norman Pye).
"Serious students of Jewish history will find very little new information here, though the general reader may profit from the elementary comments in the text, and students interested in the historical migrations of the Jewish people may find the maps useful" (from the Choice review by S. D. Benin). See also the review from Journal of Semitic Studies.
"Gilbert's latest contribution to Jewish historical geography is mistitled. It is far less an atlas than a rapid resume of important phases in Jewish history, punctuated with maps and the occasional photograph. Evyatar Friesel's Atlas of Modern Jewish History (CH, Dec'90), although narrower in chronological coverage, delivers a far superior historical-geographic presentation than does Gilbert's" (from the Choice review by T. Koppel).
"A cooperative opus of 48 authors, each dealing with the subject of their specialization [...] As we progress from as far back as the era of Ur to our times, we encounter each chapter in a consistent pattern: text, map, chronology, illustration. The book, while heavy in content, is easy on the reader" (from the International Social Sciences Review review by Vera Laska).
"Begins with the barbarian invasions of Europe (5th century) and concludes with the Jewish diaspora in Europe (17th century) [...] significant and detailed narrative accompanies each of the 120 maps" (from the Choice review by T. Koppel).
"This comprehensive and well-organized work pays considerable attention to Jewish settlements and trends in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries and follows the waves of Jewish emigration and settlement to Palestine and to the US in the early part of the 20th century" (from the Choice review by T. Koppel).