Language Family: Canaanitic branch of Semitic subgroup of Afro-Asiatic

Location: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip, official language of world Judaism

Professional Associations/Organizations

National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH)
" NAPH is the professional organization of professors and instructors in colleges, universities and seminaries who specialize in Hebrew language and literature of the ancient, medieval and modern periods."

National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Language
" The CouncilNet website is the hub of CouncilNet, the World Wide Web based network for organizations representing the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) in the United States."

Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
From About: "MESA is a private nonprofit, non-political organization of scholars and other persons interested in the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Islamic world. MESA is dedicated to promoting high standards of scholarship and instruction, to facilitating communication among scholars through annual meetings and publications, and to promoting cooperation among those who study the Middle East."

National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC)
NMELRC at Brigham Young University, " seeks to coordinate efforts aimed at increasing and improving opportunities for learning the languages of the Middle East. The center undertakes and supports projects in areas such as teacher training, materials development, testing and assessment, integration of pedagogy and technology, study abroad, and K-12 programs. It works across Middle East languages to foster cooperation and joint utilization of expertise and resources."

Mega Resource Sites

WWW Virtual Library MENIC - Israel
From the Middle East Network Information Center, University of Texas at Austin, with inks: Archaeology, Arts and Humanities, Economy, Education, Government, Health and Science, News and Media.

Middle East and Jewish Studies - Israel
From Columbia University; also a link in the WWW Virtual Library.

Library of Congress Portals to the World - Israel
Links to electronic resources selected by Library of Congress subject experts. Site is very conservative and somewhat disappointing in its offerings.

Yahoo Regional Countries Links - Israel
Excellent Yahoo search engine links for countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Jewish Culture and History
A large collection of annotated links to various culture, history and language sites.

BUBL LINK/5:15 - Israel
Collection of links to Israel from leading U.K. portal.

BUBL LINK/5:15 - Hebrew
Collection of Hebrew language resources from this leading UK portal site.

Shamash - The Jewish Network
"Shamash: The Jewish Network, strives to be the highest quality central point of Jewish information and discussion on the Internet. Our mission is to provide a broad array of state-of-the-art education and community building resources to Jewish organizations and individuals for the benefit of the Jewish community."

Back to Top

Online Language Materials/Tutorials

The Online Hebrew Tutorial
"This tutorial teaches both Biblical and Modern Hebrew, with an emphasis on Modern Hebrew as spoken in the State of Israel today." Seventeen lessons and more.

Hevenu Shalom Aleikhem
"The series Hevenu Shalom Aleikhem includes 20 Hebrew language lessons presented through videocassette recordings." Includes: Lessons, Audio Files, Assignments, LEXICUS Vocabulary Trainer.

Basic Hebrew
An interactive audio-support language course by M. Pasternak.

Ukindia Hebrew Lessons
Two online lesson with Introduction to Alphabet.

Online Dictionaries - Hebrew
Lists several online Hebrew dictionaries including computer, slang, and basketball dictionaries.

My Hebrew Dictionary
Thematic and specialized English-Hebrew glossary strong in computer terms.

Back to Top

Area Studies/Country Sites

Israel - A Country Study
Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - Israel
Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, US Relations, and Travel/Business.

CIA World Factbook - Israel
Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.

BBC News Country Profiles - Israel
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Political Resources on the Net - Israel
Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

Foreign Government Resources on the Web
Links to Foreign Government Web Sites from the Documents Center, University of Michigan - Israel
"CountryWatch is a world leader in providing country specific geopolitical intelligence on each of the 192 countries of the world." Basic information is free; deeper resources require subscription.

United Nations Homepage
Includes links to UN NewsCenter, which includes headlines in latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

Back to Top

International Monetary Fund - Israel
Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

The World Bank Group
This site is undergoing construction problems; however preset links to WBG Search - Israel and Israel at a Glance function.

The World Trade Organization
"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business." Includes detailed information on Members and Observers - Israel (Member).

Back to Top

U.S. Commercial Service - Israel
"The Country Commercial Guides (CCG) are prepared by US Embassy Staff once a year and contain information on the business and economic situation of foreign countries and the political climate as it affects U.S. business."

TradePort Country Library - Israel
From About: "TradePort is designed to be an easy-to-use tool offering one place to go for comprehensive trade information,
trade leads, and company databases."

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - Israel
From About: "The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

USAID - Israel
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) "is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States."

World Health Organization - Israel
About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

Amnesty International - Israel/Occupied Territories
Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

Human Rights Watch - Israel, the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinian Authority Territories
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. The "Info by Countries" link on the homepage provides index to individual countries where the organization finds abuses.

Lonely Planet Destinations - Israel & the Palestinian Territories
The people at the offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides -- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead, they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks.

Back to Top

Media Sites

Kidon Media-Links: Israel
Connects you with online newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, both national and regional. - Israel
Solid collection of newspapers from Israel, in Hebrew, English and Russian.

Yahoo News Full Coverage Audio/Video - Israel
A/V reports from variety of news sources in English.

Yahoo News - Israel
Latest breaking news as well as archival articles from various newspapers and online news services. In English.

TVRadioWorld - Israel
About: "TvRadioWorld is an informational directory dealing with radio and television broadcasters worldwide." Site allows you to bookmark favorite radio stations for listening.

Back to Top