Our Mission

The Jewish Language Website has four goals:

To provide an introduction to Jewish languages for the general public

To provide resources and curricular materials for educators about Jewish languages, past and present

To serve as a resource for the field of Jewish linguistics - the study of Jewish languages on an individual and comparative basis - encouraging collaboration among scholars of various Jewish languages

To provide information and bibliographic references for linguists and Jewish studies scholars who wish to incorporate Jewish languages into their research and teaching

Since 2002, this site has been produced and edited on a volunteer basis by Sarah Bunin Benor, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Linguistics at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, United States. Questions and comments should be directed here.

International Advisory Board:

  • Jean Baumgarten, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales / Centre d'Études Juives, France

  • David M. Bunis, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

  • Benjamin Hary, New York University, United States and Israel

  • Julia G. Krivoruchko, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Aharon Maman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

  • Maria L. Mayer Modena, University of Milan, Italy

  • Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

  • Ofra Tirosh-Becker, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Funding has come from individual contributors, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Maurice Amado Foundation, and Dorot Foundation. We welcome additional contributions.

Josh Vogel is the site programmer, Shawn Fields-Meyer is the designer, and Elaine Miller is the assistant.

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Editor: Sarah Bunin Benor      Last update: 2019-1-31