World-Renowned Judaica Library Open House to Feature Treasures of Jewish New Year

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

September 16, 2009, New York, NY

Celebrate the Jewish New Year as never before through the world-renowned holdings of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), which will highlight holiday materials in an open house from 4:30–6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6.

Recognized as the greatest repository of Judaica in the Western Hemisphere, The Library is located at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York. More than 130 visitors attended last spring's open house, which featured treasures specific to Passover.

Guests will be treated to an incomparable look at the High Holidays through The Library’s holdings of manuscripts, rare books, broadsides, and archival material, as well as its digital collections. A choice selection of items will be shown and discussed by members of The Library’s staff. Highlights will include genizah fragments relating to Rosh Hashanah; an exceptional twelfth-century Talmud manuscript that includes the tractate discussing the laws of Rosh Hashanah; a mahzor from the Iberian Peninsula (1480); field recordings from Eretz Yisrael from the 1930s; and a digitized version of the Esslingen Mahzor (1290). (The original is currently on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.) The open house will also include a visit to the state-of-the-art conservation lab.

As part of the festivities, visitors are invited to enjoy dinner in one of JTS’s beautiful sukkot. Dinner (meat) can be purchased from the cafeteria from 5:00–7:00 p.m. or guests may bring their own kosher meal.

Admission is free; reservations are required by contacting Hector Guzman at (212) 678-8075.