Monday, April 14, 2014

The World of Printed Words: Online Exhibition

The World of Printed Words: Samuel Montagu and the Western Hebrew Library

... highlights of the Western Hebrew Library, a collection of over 1300 items dated from 15th to 20th century, deposited on loan with the Leopold Muller Memorial Library in 2013. The exhibition allows the viewers to peer through a window into the "world of printed words" of Samuel Montagu and his contemporaries.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is very proud to present the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, a free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hundreds of manuscripts made up of thousands of fragments – discovered from 1947 and until the early 1960’s in the Judean Desert along the western shore of the Dead Sea – are now available to the public online. The high resolution images are extremely detailed and can be accessed through various search options on the site. ...

For more information, see

Friday, January 24, 2014

Database of Greek-Jewish Holocaust Survivors' Testimonies - in English

A data base of the testimonies from
Jews of Greece who survived the Shoah
The base has collected, for the first time, data from 1552 visual and oral testimonies of 1091 Jews of Greece who survived the Holocaust. These testimonies were collected at different times, in a variety of languages and places, and are now located in organized archives or private collections in Greece, Europe, the United States and Israel. Recordings of the voices of the survivors rescue the witnesses from anonymity and are, in themselves, a “living monument” to the Shoah. The present data base gathers these scattered testimonies, transfers them to files and puts them together in a unified corpus. They are a guide to a “virtual archive” which is offered to the academic community and to any interested party.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yung-Idish digitized

Zachary Baker, Stanford, announces ... that the Stanford University Libraries have digitized a complete set of the rare (and fragile) avant-garde Yiddish literary and artistic journal Yung-Idish.  All three issues were published in Lodz, 1919, and the digitized versions are found at the following URLs:

For background on the Yung-Idish group, see the entry in the YIVO Encyclopedia
"The founding of Yung-yidish, the first Yiddish artistic avant-garde group in Poland, grew out of a meeting in 1918 between poet Moyshe Broderzon and a group of visual artists centered around Yitskhok Broyner, Yankl Adler, and Marek Szwarc. Eventually, the group included some 20-odd members including Yitsḥak Katzenelson, Yekhezkl-Moyshe Nayman, and Hershele, as well as younger people discovered by the group, such as the artist Henekh Bartshinski and the writers Elimelekh Shmulevitsh, Khayim Leyb Fuks, and Yisroel Shtern."

Yung-Idish was also the subject of a scholarly monograph by the Polish art historian Jerzy Malinowski: Grupa "Jung Idysz" i żydowskie środowisko "Nowej Sztuki" w Polsce, 1918-1923. Warszawa: Polska Akademia Nauk, Instytut Sztuki, 1987.

In addition, I see that there is a Facebook page devoted to the group.

Stanford's set of Yung-Idish is part of the Ezra Lahad Collection, which was acquired by Roger Kohn for Stanford in 1998.  The issues, on crumbling thin cardboard stock, were painstakingly conserved by the Stanford Libraries' professional conservators in 2012, prior to their digitization.


Zachary M. Baker
Stanford University Libraries

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


A Digital Reunion Of The New Amsterdam And The Old Amsterdam Volumes

In the winter of 1290, Kalonymos ben Judah of Esslingen (near Stuttgart in North Württemberg) completed his only recorded professional accomplishment, the writing and decorating of a so-called ‘winter Mahzor’ for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. The second half of this Esslingen Mahzor has long been well known in the scholarly world. In its colophon the scribe makes explicit mention of the place and date in which the manuscript was produced (28 Tevet 5050/12 January 1290). The codex, housed in the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, one of the Special Collections of the Library of the University of Amsterdam (Hs. Ros. 609), is therefore the earliest recorded dated and localized Hebrew manuscript written in Germany. For many years, the first part of the Esslingen Mahzor appeared to have been lost.
In the year 1990, Dr. Evelyn M. Cohen identified a manuscript in the collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York (JTS MS 9344) as the missing first part of the Rosenthaliana volume. The texts are complementary and most of the decoration was done by the same artist. Later changes to the manuscript are identical: the same characteristic patch- and pastework occurs in both manuscripts, as do the extensive marginal annotations so typical of the Mahzor. Separated at some unknown time in the past, the original volume is here re-united electronically for the first time.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Journal of Jewish Languages launched

The peer-reviewed Journal of Jewish Languages (JJL) constitutes a venue for academic research in the multifaceted field of Jewish Languages. Jewish languages are the languages spoken and written by Jews in their communities around the world. Among these are Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Arabic, Jewish Aramaic, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-French, Judeo-Provençal, Judeo-Persian, Jewish English, Jewish Malayalam and more. Although these belong to a variety of genealogical language families, Jewish languages have common linguistic features thus constituting a distinct field of research.

The Journal of Jewish Languages is available full-text online to UCSC faculty, students and staff, as well as to other users from within the Library.