The Dr. Hagar Hillel Jewish Press in Arab Lands Section

The Dr. Hagar Hillel Jewish Press in Arab Lands Section

This section includes written media published in Jewish communities in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. The original language of these communities was Jewish Arabic, and the Muslim majorities in these countries, and at times a minority of the Jews, identified themselves during the 20th century with the Arab nationalist movement. But the history of these Jewish communities evinces a strong tendency toward the colonialist-Western cultures and later toward modern Hebrew culture as well. This cultural and political history is reflected in the development of the press. 

The Jewish press in these countries (whose political identity underwent many upheavals during the 19th and 20th centuries) was born in the last quarter of the 19th century. Most of the newspapers were published in European languages -- primarily French, due to its status as the longstanding lingua franca of the region and because of France's control over the majority of North Africa. The cultural and political influence of Jewish nationalism contributed another alphabet, and some bulletins and periodicals were published in Hebrew. Only a few newspapers were published in Modern Arabic. 

This section is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Hagar Hillel, a pioneer in the research of Jewish journalism in the Arab world. 



 Newspapers in this section:

 Site Statistics

No. of Titles:   117
No. of Issues: 159,399
No. of Pages:  1,511,973
Date Range:    1783-2014

 Site News

  • 17.02.2016, Wednesday
    Additions to the Sentinel

    The Sentinel, a weekly paper for the Chicago Jewish community, now includes issues from 1950-1951. Issues from 1952-1977 will be added in the coming months.

  • 31.01.2016, Sunday
    20 Polish titles added

    In collaboration with the Polish National Library, 20 new titles have been added in the past 2 months. The titles may be found in the Jewish Press in Poland section, which will continue to expand this year.

  • 15.12.2015, Tuesday
    The addition of the paper פֿאָרװערטס to the website

    פֿאָרװערטס, one of the most important papers of the Jewish American community, has been added to the website, including over 100,000 pages.

  • 26.11.2015, Thursday
    The addition of the Sephardic paper "Aherout" to the website

    The "Aherout" paper was published in Jerusalem during the years 1910-1917, the only paper published in Hebrew during the WWI

  • 01.02.2015, Sunday
    The Addition of the journal Kol HaAm

    In August of 1937, the Palestinian Communist Party started publishing a monthly newspaper in Hebrew called "Kol HaAm"

  • 01.02.2015, Sunday
    The Addition of the journal Lebens Fragen

    Lebens-Fragen made its debut appearance in 1951 in Tel Aviv.

  • 01.02.2015, Sunday
    The Addition of the papers The Jewish Morning Journal

    U.S. Yiddish Daily, based in New-York City.

  • 12.05.2014, Monday
    The Addition of the journal B'nai B'rith Messenger to the website

    The paper chronicled Jewish life in Los Angeles for almost one hundred years. This is the 47th newspaper to be added to the website. At this time, the electronic edition contains 11,400 pages.

  • 27.02.2014, Thursday
    The Addition of the journal Literarishe bleter to the website

    A weekly devoted to literature and culture, published in Warsaw between 1924-1939. This is 46th newspaper to be added to the website. At this time, the electronic edition contains 1,719 pages

  • 31.10.2013, Thursday

    The new JPRESS-Historical Jewish Press website contains more newspapers than it did in the past. Furthermore, it is organized more efficiently and has a more friendly and accessible search function, offering a better service. Please note that the site works on most browsers as well as Internet Explorer Version 9 and higher.