Early Hebrew Newspapers Project
The Jewish National and University Library, David and Fela Shapell
Family Digitization Project, is pleased to offer access to its
Historic Hebrew Newspapers project.
The aim of this site is to provide open access
to images of the major titles of the early Hebrew press (19th
and early 20th century).
The site itself is entirely in Hebrew.
These newspapers contain a wealth of primary material
on Diaspora and Land of Israel history of the period. Access
to them has, until now, been limited to a small number of research
libraries which held either the crumbling originals or microfilm
The first stage of the project, now completed,
Halevanon (1863-1886) 770 issues, approx. 7,200
Hamagid (1856-1903) 2265 issues, approx. 19,500 pages.
Havazelet (1863-1911) 1857 issues, approx. 14,200 pages.
Hazefirah (1862-1931) 8,600 issues, approx. 42,000
Hameliz (1860-1904) 5,600 issues, approx. 33,000
Hazevi/Haor/Hashkafa (1884-1914), 2,534 issues, approx. 12,600
Each newspaper has indexes by common era date,
Jewish calendar date and volume/issue numbers.
and subject access is provided for Halevanon, Hamagid and Havazelet
via an index created by Yad Ben-Zvi and computerized by
the University of Haifa
index has now been upgraded by the JNUL to a web version, and
enhanced with links to the fulltext of each article. This index
is limited, however, to Eretz Israel topics in these three
Unfortunately there are as yet no comprehensive
index to Hazevi, Hazefirah and Hameliz. Indexes appeared with several
volumes and these are presented together at the site.
The runs of these journals are based primarily
on the collection of the JNUL, with missing issues filled in
with the help of other institutions and private collectors.
A few issues are still missing or partial and we welcome the
help of other institutions in filling these gap (list
of missing issues)
We gratefully acknowledge the help and
National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past project
Yad Yitzhak Ben Zvi, Jerusalem
IDC Publishers, the Netherlands
Mossad Harav Kook Library, Jerusalem
Collection of Mr. David Sofer, London
Mendel Gottesman Library, Yeshiva University
Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library
Klau Library, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion,
The Central Zionist Archives, Jerusalem
Viewing the newspaper pages themselves requires
the use of a special Java TIFF viewer which is downloaded automatically
into your browser the first time you view an image. This software
does not remain in your computer after you leave the site. The
first time you access a newspaper image you will be asked to
accept a digital certificate before the image viewer software,
viewONE, is able to be used
on your computer. Your browser must also be set for Java enabled.
This viewer provides enhanced functionality such as the ability
to zoom on the images, adjust brightness and print selected