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Welcome to our Blog!

The Yale University Library’s Judaica Collection is excited to announce the launch of its new blog. We will use the blog to highlight the unique holdings of our collection and keep you apprised of university and library news as it relates to the Judaica Collection. Lectures, conferences, and significant scholary presentations or publications will be spotlighted on our blog. Come here to read about notable new acquisitions as well as library exhibits curated by the Judaica Collection at Yale. We have organized and divided the blog articles into sections that can be accessed under the Sections menu on the sidebar. We invite your feedback.

About the Judaica Collection

Yale has a long and rich tradition in the study of Jewish religion, history, and thought dating back to Yale’s founding, when Hebrew language was a required course of study. Now, with an undergraduate major in Judaic Studies, and a graduate program training future academic leaders, the study of Jewish life and thought is thoroughly integrated into the University’s offerings in the Humanities.

The Yale Library Judaica holdings have grown slowly but steadily since the University’s founding in 1701. Following the receipt of two major gifts in 1915, the Yale Library established a separate Judaica collection which is recognized as one of the major collections of Judaica in the country. The focus of the 95,000 volume collection, which includes manuscripts and rare books, is biblical, classical, medieval, and modern periods of Jewish literature and history, and supports the research needs of the faculty and students of the University’s Judaic Studies Program and those of the broader academic community.

The social, religious, and cultural lives of the Jewish people are reflected in the Library’s collections. Religious law, Sephardic studies, rabbinics, Jewish philosophy and modern thought, talmudica, and Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino languages and literatures are all represented in the collection.

Rare materials are housed in the Manuscripts and Archives Department of the Sterling Memorial Library and in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Among the rare and unusual Judaica at the Beinecke Library are some 150 manuscripts and 45 incunabula (books printed before 1501). Special features of this impressive holding include the Selah Merrill Collection of Josephus, the Goodhart Collection of Philo imprints, and the Sholem Asch Collection. Materials of a political nature can be found in the Department of Manuscripts and Archives. Items of interest include the papers of the Palestine Statehood Committee. Yale’s official records documenting the history of Jews at Yale are also housed in Manuscripts and Archives.

Reading Room

The Judaica Reading and Reference Room is located in 335B of the Sterling Memorial Library. It is open during regular library hours to Yale students, faculty and visiting scholars. The office of the Judaica Curator, Nanette Stahl, is attached to the Reading Room.

The Judaica Collection Team

From left: Nanette Stahl, Matt Russo, Julie Cohen, Hana Rudnick

From left: Nanette Stahl, Matt Russo, Julie Cohen, Hana Rudnick

The Judaica Team is responsible for maintaining the Judaica Collection, reviewing, researching, and selecting new acquisitions, assisting patrons with their research, and publicizing the collection’s unique holdings to the general public and university community. They also work with the University’s other libraries and library departments that hold Judaica materials.

Julie Cohen is an acquisitions assistant working behind the scenes in all aspects of the Judaica Collection.  She especially loves working with the rare manuscripts and helping patrons get the materials they need.

Hana Rudnick is an archive assistant working primarily on processing the North African Jewish manuscript collection.

Matt Russo is a student assistant who manages the Judaica Collection’s website.  He is also responsible for designing virtual online exhibits of notable items in the Judaica Collection.

Collection Curator

Nanette Stahl is the curator for the Judaica Collection. The Judaica Curator is responsible for giving focus and direction to the Judaica Collection, for locating rare and unusual items, and for assisting students, faculty, and visiting scholars. The curator collects Judaica in many formats–printed, CD ROMs, micro-film and micro-fiche, manuscripts, etc.–and from all periods–biblical, post-biblical, medieval, and modern. The goal of the Judaic Studies Program at the Yale Library is to provide the best support possible to faculty, students, and scholars who use our collections. The office of the Judaica Curator, Nanette Stahl, is next door to the reading room in 335A. To contact the Judaica Curator, please phone (203) 432-7207 during business hours or email her at nanette.stahl@yale.edu.  You can also use the contact form on our website by clicking here.

Judaica Collection Website

Visit the Judaica Collection Website to take advantage of the collection’s many resources and research guides.  You can also peruse our notable new acquisitions and our virtual web exhibits.  The website contains useful links to other university and community resources in the field of Judaic Studies.

One Response to “About the Judaica Collection”


  1. I love this collection!
    Paul

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