Lightning Talks on NYC Collections

Synagogue Archives Around New York

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Over the course of the last decade, Chaim has found that a number of synagogues have hidden archives in unexpected places. This presentation will show where documents and artifacts were found – within the synagogue buildings, in a local public library, in members’ homes and at auction. The presentation will focus on five synagogues, four in Manhattan and one in Westchester County. Chaim will describe how he found the materials, what he did with them, and suggest how researchers can be creative and go forth looking for archival materials.

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Holocaust Testimonies in Synagogues

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In 2012, the Holocaust Learning Center (HLC) at the Westchester Jewish Center (WJC) became a permanent part of the Hendel Family Library and is a living memorial and educational tool to accompany the existing physical memorial to the Holocaust on WJC grounds. The HLC is not only a center of learning about the Holocaust with its many volumes of books, but also provides the interested person with specific, personal histories, artifacts, and videos to understand WJC families who were impacted by the Holocaust on a personal basis. The HLC presents periodic programs concerning the Holocaust, such as talks by survivors, scholars, and educators.

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Hungarian Materials at YU

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This is a presentation on Yeshiva University Libraries’ Zoltan Erenyi Memorial Collection of Hungarian Judaica, a fairly new and growing collection that documents the lives, experiences and pursuits of the past 250 years of Hungarian Jewry. It consists of works in a variety of formats, including books, periodicals, manuscripts, and archives.

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JTS in Transition (2016-2019)

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The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary has undergone extensive changes over the past year and a half. While a new library will open in 2019, the collections are currently housed off site at two main locations and with specific special collections at two additional locations. This will be a lightning talk on finding what you need from the JTS collections, onsite, offsite, online and what to expect in 2019.

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