The Jewish Book: Past, Present, Future (Symposium at CJH)

What makes a Jewish book?

Who are the People of the Book?


How have Jewish books changed with changes in technology?


The "history of the book" is a lively field of historical scholarship that looks at authorship, publication, and dissemination of texts of all kinds as windows onto culture and society in different periods and places. Book history also plumbs the relationships between writers, scribes, printers, and readers. Join us on April 3 at 1 PM as an international group of scholars examine the contours of Jewish identity through the study of texts in Hebrew and other Jewish languages, and of the Jews and non-Jews who produced and consumed them.




What was a Jewish Book? Perspectives from Three Periods in History

Moderator: Adam Shear, University of Pittsburgh

Panelists: Katrin Kogman-Appel, Ben-Gurion University

Menahem Schmelzer, Jewish Theological Seminary

Gennady Estraikh, New York University


Texts and Cultures: Three Case Studies

Moderator: Marjorie Lehman, Jewish Theological Seminary

Panelists: David Stern, University of Pennsylvania

Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University

Jeremy Stolow, Concordia University


The Future of the Jewish Book

Moderator: Jonathan Karp, American Jewish Historical Society

Panelists: Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University

Alana Newhouse, Tablet Magazine

Eliyahu Stern, Yale University




The program will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and viewing of the exhibition Zero to Ten: First Decades/New Centuries: Highlights from the Collections at the Center for Jewish History


Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH, partner and Association for Jewish Studies members; $8 students and seniors


Presented by CJH Lillian Goldman Scholars Working Group on the Jewish Book.  This program is made possible by the generous support of Amy P. Goldman and the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust and presented by the Lillian Goldman Scholars Working Group on the Jewish Book in collaboration with the Jewish Book Council, the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and the Columbia University Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies.


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