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Encyclopedia: CD ROM edition

Edited by Paula Hyman and Dalia Ofer and launched in 2006, the CD-ROM edition of Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia built upon the prize-winning encyclopedia Jewish Women in America (1997), but extended its coverage of Jewish women's experiences to encompass three millennia and Jewish women worldwide.

With 1700 biographical entries, 300 thematic entries and over 1200 photographs, this encyclopedia's electronic navigation capabilities offer readers thematic and visual links that enable them to draw connections across time and space in ways that would never be possible in a standard encyclopedia book.

What people are saying about Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia

"Whether you are a scholar in search of the past, a journalist in need of facts in the present, or a young Jewish girl looking for role models for dreams of the future, Moshe Shalvi's CD encyclopedia is a treasure-trove of articles and references. User-friendly and thoughtfully compiled, this source is as much a joy for the casual browser as for those who come with a purpose."—Gloria Steinem

"I'm a "Jewish Women" addict; can't get enough of this brilliantly-conceived, meticulously organized, exceedingly user-friendly, CD encyclopedia ... Moshe Shalvi has produced a monumental work, a lasting tribute to the well-known and the unsung, those whose accomplishments and passions might otherwise have been lost to history; a feast for the present generation, and a generous gift to posterity. All in all, a triumph."—Letty Cottin Pogrebin

From Sarah Aaronsohn to Krystyna Zywulska, this electronic encyclopedia contains 1,690 biographical entries, 300 topic essays, and 1,400 photographs and illustrations. Together they capture the histories and achievements of Jewish women from biblical times to the present day and shed light on their changing roles worldwide. Accessible to lay readers and scholars alike, this is an unparalleled reference.

Jewish Women's History features

  • Full-text search of all articles and captions, plus category, century, and country searches
  • Extensive cross-references
  • Glossary with pop-up definition links throughout
  • Contributions from over 1,000 world-famous historians and scholars.
  • 1690 biographical entires
  • 300 topic essays
  • 1400 photographs and illustrations

Academic Sponsors

The Institute of Jewish Studies and the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

About the Editors

Paula E. Hyman is the Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University, and Dalia Ofer is the Max and Rita Haber Professor for Holocaust Studies in the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

How to Purchase

Order this encyclopedia online from the Jewish Publication Society:

Jewish Women Encyclopedia: CD ROM Edition Cover
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Jewish Women Encyclopedia: CD ROM edition cover.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Encyclopedia: CD ROM edition." (Viewed on January 18, 2018) <>.


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