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A Jewish Library in a Godless Institution

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University College London was founded as an explicitly secular institution, the first of its kind in England. Unlike the other universities, religion was not a requirement for admission, there was no theology department and no place of worship. Yet within a century, UCL was home to one of the most important Judaica libraries in the UK. This talk will recount the history of UCL’s Jewish Studies collections and examine how the secular ethos of the college has affected their development.

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The Baruch Strauss Collection at Yeshiva University

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Approximately eight thousand printed volumes, most of them in Hebrew, are included in the rare collections at Yeshiva University. Many of the rare books were originally part of the library of Berthold Baruch Strauss (1901-1962), a London collector. This important collection, catalogued in part in his Ohel Barukh (1959), was acquired after his death for Yeshiva. The discussion will center on his acquisition of the volumes, some of the highlights Hebrew imprints in the collection and their most recent cataloging, and will feature some examples.

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Yale Library’s “American Jewish Immigration Collection”

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Yale Library’s archival collection “American Jewish Immigration Collection” contains correspondence and other documents relating to Jewish immigration, mainly from Russia, dated from 1888-1938. These documents come from various Jewish organizations, whose work of assisting Jewish immigrants was supported by the Baron de Hirsch Fund. This collection offers glimpses of the lives of the immigrants, many of whom were women, some with children, who came to the United States via Japan to join husbands who had arrived earlier.

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