Alexander Library Celebration of Collections 2023

We are thrilled to announce the annual Alexander Library Celebration of Collections for 2023, which will take place virtually on November 9, 2023 at 12 PM EST. This year’s event will feature the following speakers and topics, and focusing on rare books and manuscripts from Spain, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire, spanning the 14th through the 18th centuries. Register here!

Rabbi Dr Jacob J Schacter, University Professor of Jewish History & Jewish Thought (Yeshiva University)
Hakham Zevi Ashkenazi and Rabbi Jacob Emden in Columbia’s Judaica Collection

Leaf from Rabbi Ya’akov Emden’s Arba’ah Turim (Berlin, 1702) with his extensive markings and a burn where a candle fell during study.

Abigail Slawik, Conservator (Columbia University Libraries)
Conserving a 14th-century Hebrew Bible from Spain in Columbia University Libraries’ Collection

Detail of a 14th century manuscript of Latter Prophets and Hagiographa produced in Spain (with masoretic notes in micrography)

Shai Zamir, Lapidus Graduate Fellow (Center for Jewish History)
Jewish-Christian Polemics in Judeo-Spanish

Leaf from a volume of polemics in Ladino, with distinctive sewing holes in the binding.

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