Conference Proceeding: Portal of Hope: The Elazar Troppe/Hoffman Family Library of Petaḥ-Tikvahabilia at Michigan

In 2015, Dalia Hoffman, one of the first to receive a degree through the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, donated a library of some two hundred printed materials, primarily written in Hebrew and published in the first half of the twentieth century, to the research collections of the University Library. These items were amassed by Dalia's maternal grandfather, Elazar Troppe, who was one of the founders of Petaḥ-Tikvah and shipped in the 1980s to Dalia's parents in East Lansing, MI. Included in these writings are histories of Zionist agricultural collectives in Eastern Europe, the formative years of Israel, narratives on Petaḥ-Tikvah, and some not widely-held children's titles. This presentation will highlight some of the more intriguing items in the gift.