An Archive of Change

The Berman Archive—formerly the Berman Jewish Policy Archive—documents American Jewish Communities. With open access to digital artifacts from 1900 to the present, we’re the largest archive of the printed material of communal American Jewish life. We’re a platform for knowledge and intellectual engagement with ideas, data, and points of view that have defined and sustained the American Jewish experience.

Our collections, public programming, and content efforts chart the full range and evolution of Jewish voices in the academic, religious, communal, and professional spheres. We house collections of “gray literature,” material produced outside traditional academic and commercial spheres, offering a unique and valuable look at the many past iterations of the American Jewish experience. Now that so much is available digitally, the Berman Archive can serve as a central repository for the long history, active present, and robust future of the gray literature of American Jewry.

We are committed to an ongoing critical engagement with our holdings—preserving collections from a diversity of perspectives, and highlighting points of view from the mainstream and the margins of American Jewish life. We welcome comment, criticism, essays, and ideas from current professionals and scholars engaged with the American Jewish community.

Director: Ari Y. Kelman, Stanford University
Deputy Director: Adam Jacobson, Stanford University
Research Assistants: Willow Herz and Stella Rose Meier, Stanford University

The Berman Archive is a project of the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and is a partner with the Berman Jewish DataBank at the Jewish Federations of North America.

The Berman Archive is sustained by the generous support of the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation.


We preserve collections from
a diversity of perspectives.

If you have suggestions for new collections, want to support us financially, or want to share constructive feedback, drop us a line.



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