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index to a number of Hebrew journals published in Vienna
(Die
hebrdische Publizistik in Wien.
Vienna, 1930). As the number
of Jewish periodicals continued to increase—today approximately
a thousand periodical publications appear in Israel—the need for
a periodically updated index became more acute.
Index Journals
Perhaps the first attempt to provide such an index was that
compiled by A. M. Hyamson and included in the 1904 edition of
The Jewish Literary Annual,
published by the Union of Jewish
Literary Societies in London. This was a “Bibliography of English
Books and Articles of Jewish Interest that have appeared in British
and American Periodicals from November 1, 1903 to May 15,
1904.” It proved impossible for the
Annual
to continue the publi-
cation of such an index and none appeared in the next issue in
1905. A more comprehensive index published in journal form
was
Hasid’s Index to Periodicals and Booklist—“a.
cumulative sub-
ject index to articles and books on constructive Jewish living,”
published from 1932 to 1937 by the Jewish Statistical Bureau and
edited by H. S. Linfield. This indexed Jewish and general peri-
odicals in various languages including Hebrew, Yiddish, English
and German. It was not until 1946, however, with the publication
of
Palestine and Zionism,
that Jewish periodicals finally had a
truly comprehensive and current index on an ongoing basis. Pub-
lished by the Zionist Archives and Library in New York and
printed by the H. W. Wilson Co. in a format similar to their many
other indexes, and edited initially by S. Udin and later by S.
Landress,
Palestine and Zionism
was, in effect, a “reader’s guide”
to articles of Jewish interest in hundreds of general and Jewish
periodicals. Although ostensibly concerned with Palestine, Zion-
ism and the “Jewish problem,” these terms were so broadly inter-
preted that the index included much material from all areas of
Jewish studies (except rabbinics). Hebrew articles were cited in
English translation. Each volume was divided into two indexes;
first, an index to periodical literature; second, an index to books
and pamphlets. Unfortunately, the index ceased publication with
volume eleven in 1956. An attempt to fill a very limited part of
the large gap left by the demise of
Palestine and Zionism
was
made in 1963 with the publication of the
Index to Jewish Periodi-
cals,
of which eleven volumes have appeared to date. Published
by the College of Jewish Studies in Cleveland and edited by M.
Leikind, it is an author-and-subject index to some forty American
and Anglo-Jewish English-language journals of general and schol-
arly interest, including some popular and juvenile titles.
The recent publication in Israel, however, of a new index jour-
nal gives every indication of filling the need for a comprehensive