Israel Resources

This guide brings together a variety of sources for information in Israel that may help you find details about family who lived in or came through Israel at various points in time.  You will find listed here the categories that may be of assistance.  Not all places with a website have digitized their collections.  In some cases, you can learn about the kinds of information each place contains and plan to do research there when you are next in Israel.  Others do have digitized data that you can search from the comfort of your home.   As additional sites come to our attention we will update this list.  Don’t forget that you can use Google Translate to give you a basic translation of documents in Hebrew.  Steve Morse also has a tool that may help you with translation: http://www.stevemorse.org/hebrew/eng2heb.html

 Archives –
A
Akevoth (Traces) Research of the family origins and heritage of Dutch Jewry (English);
Aliyah Bet – Palyam (Hebrew/English);
Arava Archive (Hebrew);
Kiriyat Atta Archive (Hebrew);
B
Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center (English);
Beit Haedut, Nir Galim (Hebrew/English);
Beit Hatfutsot (Hebrew/English);
Beit Therensiendstadt (Hebrew/English);
The Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute (Hebrew/English);
C
Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (English);
Central Zionist Archives (Hebrew/English);
D
Damascus (Syria) Jewry Organization in Israel (Hebrew);
E
Municipal Archive of Eilat (Hebrew);
G
Kollel Galicia or “Kollel Hibat Yerushalayim (Hebrew/English/French);
Museum of the History of Gedera & the Biluim and Archive (Hebrew);
Ghetto Fighters House “Beit Lohamei Hagetaot (Hebrew/English/Russian/French);
Kibbutz Givat Hayim Ihud (Hebrew);
The Golan Archive (Hebrew);
Gnazim (Hebrew/English);
Kibbutz Gvulot Archive (Hebrew);
H
Hagana History Archives (Hebrew);
Ha’Apalah Aliyah Bet Database (English);
The “Khan” Museum Hadera (Hebrew/English;
Haifa Municipal Archives (Hebrew);
University of Haifa Archive (Hebrew/English);
The Heritage Site of “Hapoel” Sports (Hebrew);
Kidush Hashem Archives (Hebrew);
I
Israel State Archives (Hebrew/English);
The Israeli Documentation Center for The Performing Arts (IDCPA), Tel Aviv Univeristy (Hebrew);
J
Jabotinsky Institute in Israel (Hebrew/English);
Jerusalem Municipal Archives (Hebrew);
Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives (English);
K
Memorial and Heritage site of Kfar Etzion (Hebrew/English);
Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael / Jewish National Fund Photo Archive (English);
The Knesset Archive (Hebrew);
L
Archives of the Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel (English);
The Moshe Sharett Israeli Labor Party Archives (Hebrew/English);
The Pinchas Lavon Institue for Labour Movement Research (Hebrew/English soon);
Leo Baeck Institute – Jerusalem Branch (Hebrew/English);
Eran Leor Cartographic Collection National Library, Hebrew University  (English);
World Organization of Libyan Jews (Hebrew/English);
The Archive of the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel (Hebrew/English);
M
Department of Manuscripts and The Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library, Hebrew University (English);
Kibbutz Maabarot Archive (Hebrew);
The Maccabi World Union (Hebrew/English);
Institute for the Study of Holocaust “Massuah” (Hebrew/English);
Mitzpeh Hilla Archive (Hebrew);
N
National Photo Collection (Hebrew/English);
Beit Rishonim Nes Tsionna (Hebrew);
Municipal Archive of Netanya (Hebrew);
P
Oded Yarkoni Archives of the History of Petakh Tikvah (Hebrew);
R
Museum and Archive for the History of Ramat Gan (Hebrew);
Archive of Ra’anana (Hebrew);
Historical Archive of Rehovot (Hebrew);
The Religious Kibbutz Movement (Hakibbutz Hadati) Archive, Kibbutz Yavne (Hebrew/English);
Dr. Zerah Warhaftig Institute for the Research on Religious Zionism (Hebrew);
Museum Rishon Le-Zion (and archive) (Hebrew/English);
The Archive of Rosh Pinna (Hebrew);
S
Kibbutz Sa’ad Archive (Hebrew);
Kibbutz Shefayim Archive (Hebrew);
Shefaryam Archive (Hebrew – Facebook);
Steven Speilberg Jewish Film Archive (Hebrew/English);
T
Tel-Aviv – Yaffo Municipal Historical Archives (Hebrew/English);
The Archives for the History of Tel-Aviv University (Hebrew);
The Tsofit Archive (Hebrew – website);
Archive Moshav Tsofit (Hebrew – blog);
Tuviyahu Archives of the Negev, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Hebrew);
Y
Yad Le Zehava (Hebrew);
Yad Tabenkin Archives (Hebrew/English);
Yad Ya’ari, Hashomer Hatzair Research and Documentation Center & Hakibbutz Hartzi Movement Archive, Givat Haviva (Hebrew/English/Arabic);
The Aviezer Yellin Archives of Jewish Education in Israel and the Diaspora, Tel-Aviv Univesity (Hebrew/English);
Yemenite Jewish Heritage House (Hebrew);
Kibbutz Yizrael Archive (Hebrew);
Z
Historical Archive of the Zichron Yaacov Local Council (Hebrew);

Burial Societies/cemeteries –
(Hebrew):  http://www.dat.gov.il/religion/console/mng/kadisha_list.aspx
(English):   http://genealogy.org.il/resources/burial-societies/
Haifa (Hebrew):
Hod HaSharon (Hebrew):
Jerusalem – Mount of Olives Cemetery (Hebrew/English):
Old Hevron Cemetery (English):
Petach Tikva (Hebrew):
Tel-Aviv/Yafo (Hebrew/English/French/Russian):
Tel-Aviv Burial Database translation aid
ZAL Z”l Portal  (Hebrew)

Census records –
Montefiore 1839, 1840, 1849, 1855, 1866 and 1875, including the institutions for the years 1855, 1866 and 1875 (Hebrew/English).

Civilians killed in terror attacks (Hebrew)

Genealogy Society Databases –
Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) – Eretz Israel Records Indexing (Hebrew/English):
Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) – All Israel Databases (Hebrew/English):

Libraries –
Booklet listing Jewish businesses and owners in Eretz Yisrael, 1924 (Hebrew);
Dinur Center for Research – Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Hebrew/English);
Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel (English/Hebrew);
Hebrew University Library, Mt. Scopus (Hebrew/English);
Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew/English/French);
Malmad – Searches all Israel University Libraries for books (Hebrew/English);
Rambam Library at Beit Ariela, Tel Aviv (Hebrew/English);
National Library (Hebrew/English);
Yad Vashem – (Hebrew/English/Russian)

Museums –
Beit Fischer – Municipal Museum of Kiryat Ata (Hebrew);
Dor  Le Dor – Kiryat Bialik and the Fifth Aliyah (Hebrew);
Museum of the History of Gedera & the Biluim (Hebrew/English);
Memorial Museum of the Hungarian Speaking Jewry (Hebrew/English/Magyar);
The “Khan” Museum Hadera (Hebrew/English);
Lieberman House – Museum of the history of Nahariya (Hebrew/English/German/Russian);
Nili Museum- Beit Aaronsohn  (Hebrew/English);
Rishon L’Zion Museum (Hebrew/English);
Yad Vashem (multi-lingual)

Phone numbers –
Bezeq (Hebrew);
Bezeq (English);
Israel Phone Book in English (English);
Reverse Phone Look Up (Hebrew);
Reverse Phone Look Up (English)

 Soldiers –
Aliyah Bet & Machal Virtual Musuem (English);
American Veterans of Israel (English);
Armor Battalion 79 in the Yom Kipur War (Hebrew);
Jewish Battalions Museum “Beit Hadedudim” (Hebrew/English);
The Haganah (Hebrew/English);
The Website for Heroism (Hebrew);
The Irgun Website (English);
Israel Defense Forces and Defense Establishment Archives (IDFA) (Hebrew/English);
Israel War Veterans League 1939-1946 (Hebrew);
Israeli Air Force (English/Hebrew);
Izkor (Hebrew);
Izkor Soldados Latinos (Hebrew/Spanish);
Museum of the Jewish Soldier in WW2 (Hebrew/English/Russian);
Lehi (Hebrew);
Palmach (Hebrew/English);
The Palyam & Aliya Bet Website (Hebrew/English);
The Paratroop’s Heritage Association (Hebrew)

State Offices –
Inheritance Registrar (Hebrew):
Population Authority (Hebrew):
Requests to the Population Registry (Hebrew/English/Russian):

Universities –
Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Hebrew/English/Russian);
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Hebrew/English);
International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center, Hebrew University (English);
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Hebrew/English);
Tel Aviv University (Hebrew/English);
University of Haifa (Hebrew/English);
Weizmann Institute of Science (Hebrew/English);

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Robert Cherny

    Shalom
    Im trying to trace the background and movements of my grandfather Baruch Zvi Hersch Greenberg ברוך צבי הירש גרינברג. According to his Australian naturalisation documents He was born in Safed צפת in 1896. His gravestone in Sydney Australia notes that his father was Yaacov Binyamin Grynberg (יעקב בינימין גרינברג) He migrated to Perth, Australia in 1912 and in 1916 married Tsipporah (ציפורה) Mandelbaum, daughter of Zalel (זלל) .Mandelbaum and granddaughter of Rav Baruch Mandelbaum. Tsippora was born in Jerusalem in 1892.
    In his naturalisation declaration my grandfather noted that his nationality and that of his father was Jewish/Turkish. I have interpreted this to mean that his father was also born in Ottoman Palestine but otherwise must have arrived in Safed some time before 1896 and expect he is buried there. Do records of inhabitants of Safed from that time still exist? Perhaps there are birth/ marriage/ death records I can access?
    Any assistance is much appreciated.

    Note: I speak and read Hebrew fluently and should be able to read Hebrew or English transcripts of Turkish records.

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