The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary and HebrewBooks.org Launch New Website

Joint Venture Will Offer Access to Rare Hebrew Manuscripts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu


July 19, 2010, New York, NY

In a cooperative effort, The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary and HebrewBooks.org have launched a groundbreaking website, HebrewManuscripts.org, which gives U.S. and international students, teachers, and researchers easy access to images digitized from microfilms of The Library’s exceptional collection of Hebrew manuscripts and other rare materials. New explorations into Jewish law, religion, and history are now possible from anywhere in the world.

The priceless images, available on the Internet for the first time, represent a vast range of Jewish cultural heritage and include numerous historically significant items. To take just one of many possible examples, the images include seventeenth- through nineteenth-century Italian wedding poems from Padua and Venice—celebratory verses composed in Hebrew and/or Italian by Italian Jews on the occasion of their marriages.

“With this cooperative project, we take a giant step toward making The Library’s incomparable collection of manuscripts and other rare items available online. We are thrilled to be part of this contribution to Jewish study worldwide,” says Dr. David Kraemer, the Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS.

This breakthrough in digital offerings of Hebrew manuscripts is the result of the sincere commitment of both organizations to serve students of Judaism. HebrewManuscripts.org will supplement the JTS collected works with scanned images from other collections that have not yet been determined. Along with the material presented on HebrewBooks.org, the collaborative new website will offer the largest digital collection of historically significant Hebrew works anywhere.

For more information about HebrewManuscripts.org, please contact Dr. Kraemer at dakraemer@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8075.


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