The complete 41-year archive of the journal Sh'ma is being released in June online, searchable, and freely available. The digital collection, launched jointly by Sh'ma and the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner, features the work of a vast array of Jewish leading intellectuals, including rabbis, scholars, educators, and lay leaders. The collection contains more than 600 full issues and nearly 4,000 individual articles, and includes the voices of some 2,000 writers.
"This is a seminal event in the history of the journal," says Susan Berrin, Sh'ma's Editor in Chief. "This archive is a treasure trove of essays, poems, and art from some of the most important thinkers in Jewish life. In many ways, this archive traces the evolution of Jewish communal thought over four decades. It will be an invaluable asset not only to academics, rabbis, and lay leaders, but also to anyone with even a casual interest in our people and modern history."
"Sh'ma has long been a jewel of reflective discourse in American Jewish life," comments Prof. Steven M. Cohen, director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive (BJPA). "It provides an insightful, engaging and diverse written record of the major Jewish communal discussions and debates that have taken place since 1970.
The Sh'ma collection is integrated into the general holdings of BJPA, a vast collection of policy-relevant research and analysis on Jewish life available to the public free of charge. Its holdings of over 11,000 publications span from the early 20th century into the 21st,allowing students, researchers, educators, professionals, and others to quickly and easily access the most relevant content.