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Harvard’s Judaica Library Publications – available freely online!

Libraries tend to be dedicated to open access, devoted to making their collections available to anyone in need of research.  With a recent announcement from a Harvard Judaica Librarian, we see that Harvard is definitely on board with this.  The Judaica publications that they have digitized include work on Yiddish language and literature, Israel Studies, Judaica Librarianship, and other important scholarship, such as a lecture given in 1985 at Harvard by the recently deceased scholar Paula Hyman: The Dreyfus affair : turning point in Jewish history?.

All of these publications are now freely available through Harvard’s catalog (see link below).


Harvard Library Judaica Division’s publications now online

I am pleased to inform you that some 100 publications issued by the Harvard Library’s Judaica Division over the last fifty years are now available online (see link below).


They include catalogs of exhibitions  from Harvard’s Judaica Collection, lectures and articles related to aspects of the Judaica Collection, proceedings of library conferences held by the Judaica Division, catalogs of segments of the Judaica Collection, monographs in the Harvard Judaica Collection Student Research Papers series, and materials distributed in connection with Judaica fundraising.


We are pleased to make them available online in connection with the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary of the Judaica Division which will be commemorated in the 2012/13 academic year and as part of our ongoing efforts to make an ever-increasing segment of the Harvard Judaica Collection available online.


These publications were issued in limited editions and distributed mainly to Judaica libraries, faculty and donors and many are now out of print. Making them available online in this fashion makes them conveniently and freely accessible to all.


To access these online publications, click on the link:


You may also access them by looking in Harvard’s online catalog Hollis Classic (http://hollisclassic.harvard.edu) under the title:

   Judaica e-books : Harvard Judaica Library publications – Batch 1


We hope that these publications will be of interest.


Judaica Division

Harvard Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA


617-495-2985 (tel)

617-496-9112 (fax)

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.


For more info, or to order tickets, go here: http://www.cjh.org/event/1759


Early American Jewish Communities and their Printed Texts – This week!

December 9, 2010 (6-7 PM) at the Museum of Biblical Art

Professor Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History New York University, will focus on three aspects of Jewish life in early America as they reflect on the first Hebrew bible printed here. She will look at the nature of American Jewish communities from the 17th century into the middle of the 19th century, the relationship between American Jewry and the established Jewish communities of Europe, and the connections between Jews and Christians in the religious realm in that period.

Pre-registration is required. To RSVP please call 212.408.1251 or e-mail us at rsvp@mobia.org.  See here for more info.