Thomson Gale’s Encyclopaedia Judaica Receives Dartmouth Meda

More than 30 years in the making, the Encyclopaedia Judaica, Second Edition has received the coveted 2007 Dartmouth Medal in recognition for distinguished achievement relating to the creation of works of reference resources. Thomson Gale, part of Thomson Learning, and Jerusalem-based Keter Publishing House’s Encyclopaedia Judaica, Second Edition includes more than 21,000 articles on Jewish life, culture, history and religion, written by a global team of subject-matter experts.

“The receipt of the Dartmouth Medal is a true honor, and we are extremely gratified that the Dartmouth committee has recognized our work,” said Jay Flynn, Vice-President and Publisher at Thomson Gale. “The second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica documents the depth and breadth of Jewish life, celebrates its achievements, and emphasizes the contribution of Jews to world culture. We congratulate our editors, contributors and our partners at Keter Publishing on this terrific achievement.”

The medal, donated by Dartmouth College and presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is given for creating current reference works of outstanding quality and significance.

The second edition of the world-renowned Encyclopaedia incorporates more than three decades of changes and the latest scholarship, expanding the scope and relevance of the original work.

The editors of the second edition also sought to expand dramatically the coverage of the following areas:

  • The role and contributions of women to Jewish life, history and culture
  • The Bible, Biblical studies and Judaism of the classical era
  • Jewish law, especially as applied in a modern Jewish state and with regard to current issues of faith and morals
  • Holocaust studies
  • Contributions of Jews to popular culture

Keeping true to its heritage, the Encyclopaedia is completely updated for today’s students and researchers, including many features that make its 22 volumes of scholarship extremely accessible, such as:

  • A fully-searchable Internet version for libraries, synagogues and other institutions
  • More than 600 maps, charts and tables
  • 168 pages of full-color photographs and other images, detailing the many aspects of Jewish life and culture

To read sample entries from the Encyclopaedia Judaica and to obtain ordering information, visit For more information, contact Vanessa Birch at [email protected].

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