We are happy to announce that after a long hiatus, the Yale University Library Judaica blog will begin active posting again. We’ve had some changes in the past two years, and we’re excited to share some of our new acquisitions. Please visit our website (http://www.library.yale.edu/judaica/) for access to our digitized exhibits before they are featured on the blog. In the mean time, here  are some current photos of the staff:


Acquisitions Assistant Julie Cohen, Judaica Curator Nanette Stahl, and Archive Assistant Hana Rudnick


Nanette, Student Assistant Matt Russo, Julie, and Hana




If you need help with your research or are just interested in broadening your knowledge be sure to look at our “libguides” found here.



Scenes from the Book of Esther. Section of the wall paintings from
the ancient synagogue in Dura-Europos


Please be sure to check out our website (Here)where you can find some helpful research tools as well as our collection of online exhibits. Each exhibit is full of information and images pertaining to subjects such as:

Additionally,  take note of the collection catalog found on the page to get a better sense of what the Yale Judaica Collection has to offer


In October of 2012, a group of scholars of North African Jewry came to Yale from Israel and France to study manuscripts from our North African Jewish Collection.  Professor Moshe Bar-Asher  of the Hebrew University was the convener of the gathering.  Each scholar worked on a document relating to his or her area of expertise.   At the end of each day, one of the scholars gave a lecture on some aspect of the history and culture of Jewish North Africa.  It was a most exciting time for all of us in the library and we hope to hold more colloquia in the future.  Thanks to a grant from the Arcadia Foundation,  we have been able to organize and house the manuscripts and enter them into an Excel chart.  Our next step will be to create a finding aid online which will enable scholars all over the world to ascertain what is in the collection.

The photo shows all the participants as well as the library staff.  The participants are each holding up the document on which he or she is working.


We are happy to announce that the Yale community now has full access to Haaretz Daily News, one of Israel’s premier news outlets.

English- http://www.haaretz.com/

Hebrew-  http://www.haaretz.co.il/


Natan Sharansky is a prominent Israeli politician, human rights activist and author who spent nine years in a Soviet prison for allegedly spying for the United States.  He is one of the heroes of the struggle of Jews to immigrate to Israel during the Soviet era.  Sharansky is the author of The Case for Democracy, Fear No Evil and Defending Identity. He is currently chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency and was recently in the news in his attempt to resolve the ongoing tensions between fundamentalist Jewish groups and Conservative and Reform women’s groups with regard to the right of women to lead their own services at the Western Wall.

The Yale University Library recently had the honor of welcoming him to the Judaica Collection in which Nanette Stahl, Librarian for Judaic Studies, showed him several of the illuminated Hebrew manuscripts she had recently acquired. Joining them are Harvey Goldblatt, Professor of Medieval and Slavic Literature and Chairman of the Slavic Language and Literature Department as well as Master of Pierson College, and Tatjana Lorkovic, Librarian for Slavic Studies.