Digitizing microfilm and a well-used Haggadah

Way back in 2011, the Libraries began a partnership with the Institute for Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts (IMHM) at the National Library of Israel (NLI) to digitize over 200 manuscripts from our Judaica collection that the IMHM did not have in microfilm.  We subsequently posted those manuscript images on a specialized site on the Internet Archive, […]

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Samuel Johnson and Hebrew at Columbia

We’ve discussed the history of Hebrew language study at Columbia in previous posts, but until now, not much has been said about Revered Samuel Johnson’s connection to the study of Hebrew. Samuel Johnson was the founder of King’s College (renamed Columbia after the American Revolution), and its sole faculty member until 1757.  He served as president […]

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The semester of the Jewish book

Columbia University Libraries exists to support teaching and learning, in the classroom and beyond. This usually occurs in the form of research consultations, classroom presentations on doing research, online research guides, and various other reference interactions. This semester, however, a wonderful partnership between a professor and a librarian gave graduate students a rare opportunity to […]

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