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Letters from Jewish Australia - No.45


February 1997

We have many students in JOIN's cybercommunity and when invited to review a CD of the Encyclopedia Judaica Junior it was natural to ask one of our Junior members to take on this task.

I am sure that all JOINers will agree with me that Danielle deserves many thanks for telling us how the Junior Judaica has helped satisfy her thirst for knowledge of Jewish history.

JOIN also thanks TES for giving them a review copy of the CD which is designed for ages 9 to adult. If you would like to know more about the Encyclopedia Judaica Junior please contact Emanual Fishman in Israel at


My name is Danielle Jones-Resnik. I am 12 years old, a JOINer and live in Sydney, Australia.

Late last year I read the book "Exodus" by Leon Uris. After reading the book I needed more information to satisfy myself about what happened at the time from about 1945-1948 - between the end of the second world war and when Israel became a nation.

I read through an assortment of books and CD's including Encarta '94 and '96, Comptons encyclopaedia, Israel - never a dull moment, Encyclopaedia of the Jewish People and An Historical Atlas of the Jewish people.

After reading through these I wrote a couple of essays and then considered the topics on which I needed to know more. Information about Israel, the Jews and straight out history over the last 100 years seemed to be essential. Some people say "I need a chocolate rush to survive" I needed an Information rush to survive.

When JOIN heard about my project they lent me a copy of Junior Judaica a Jewish Encyclopaedia on CD for kids about my age.

I turned the computer on, got into Junior Judaica and typed in "The Balfour Declaration", pressed search and it offered me 200 different articles. This was a real problem.

I wanted a lot of information but not quite this much at the one time. As there were no instructions at all I had to get some adult help.

Soon, after just a couple of uses, I could easily slip between articles and find just the right information.

I looked through it slowly adding pieces to the puzzle in my mind about Israel in the 20th Century. I really liked the way everything was put at an appropriate level for kids my age.

The best part of the CD was the amount of information.

The worst part was that there weren't any instructions which meant that when I first used Junior Judaica I had to get my mum to help me. My mum is always busy so it took a while before I could get started. This is my only complaint.



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