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


Artist Mikhail Magaril has taken Leo Tolstoy’s text and adapted it to images from the Jewish shtetls that once existed in Eastern Europe.  Click here to visit exhibit.

Celebrating Tel Aviv: An Exhibit in Honor of its Centennial


Click here to see some of the images of Tel Aviv in our New Notable Acquisitions.

There were two exhibits of note that took place at the Sterling Memorial Library during the years 2008-2009:

  • The Passover Haggadah:  Modern Art in Dialogue with an Ancient Text.   The exhibit highlighted the highly personal and imaginative decoration of the Haggadah by modern artists.  We are living in a new golden age of Haggadah illumination and the selection of artists from different parts of the world represented in the exhibit demonstrated the variety of styles and approaches by which each artist chose to maintain a dialogue with this ancient text.  The online version of the exhibit can be accessed here.
  • The Ketubah: A Study in Jewish Diversity featured ketubot in the Yale library collection from different regions of the world.   Though the text of the ketbbah (Jewish marriage contract) is basically the same for all Jewish communities, the decorations surrounding the text reflect the regions and cultures of the communities in which they originated.  The exhibit was divided into three geographic areas: Italy, Iran and the regions that once constituted the Ottoman Empire.   The ketubot were primarily from the 19th and early 20th centuries.  The online version can be found here.

–Nanette Stahl, Judaica Collection Curator