Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Information about Hebrew Manuscripts in Madrid

New Publications Dept.

David Stern, "'Jewish Art' and the Making of the Medieval Prayerbook," Ars Judaica 6 (2010.

Center for Jewish History Reading Room now open Sunday


As part of its efforts to improve and enhance services for researchers, the Center for Jewish History is pleased to announce that it is extending the operating hours of the Lillian Goldman Reading Room and the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute to six days a week.

Beginning on Sunday, June 6, 2010, scholars, students and the general public will have the opportunity to conduct onsite research every Sunday from 11am – 4pm.

The full array of electronic resources and the open stack reference collection will be available on Sundays. Additionally, materials from the archival and library collections of American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, and the library of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will be available upon request.

All requests for Sunday usage must be received by 5pm on the preceding Thursday. To make a request, please visit, login or become a registered user, search for the materials you wish to request, and click the “Reserve” link on the left side of the item record. Once you fill out the required fields, your request will be processed. Should you have any difficulty in identifying materials or placing a request, please contact reference services at 917-606-8217 or

In addition to new Sunday hours, the Center offers research hours on Mondays from 9:30am – 7:30pm, Tuesdays – Thursdays from 9:30am – 5:30pm, and Fridays from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Please note that YIVO archival collections are available Monday – Thursday from 9:30am – 5:00pm.

For more information, please visit

Strashun Collection and other books from YIVO on-line

The Yivo News (Spring 2010) reports that the Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books (at which has already digitized thousands of books from the Chabad Library is now digitizing rare books from the YIVO collection, beginning with the Strashun collection. The books can be found at

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellowship


The Special Collections Research Center at the Gelman Library of the George Washington University is pleased to invite applications to the biennial Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Fellowship Program provides stipends for short-term research and writing at the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, housed in the Kiev Room of the Special Collections Research Center. Applicants for the Fellowship Program must be conducting research in the field of 18th-20th century Jewish history, Hebrew literature, Jewish art or Hebrew booklore. Candidates may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, Graphic Arts, History, Religion, Comparative Literature, Bibliography or any relevant area of Judaic Studies.

The Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowships will be awarded to:
- one graduate or post-graduate researcher or independent scholar, with a stipend of $2,500, and
- one undergraduate student at GWU in the final years of matriculation (Junior or Senior year status), with a stipend of $ 750.

Applicants must submit a letter together with a research proposal (max. 4 pages) outlining the scope of their project and indicating those materials from the Kiev Collection and/or other Judaica collections in the Special Collections Research Center relevant to their research. (A summary of research is required upon completion of the fellowship.) Applicants should also submit two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues. For graduate and doctoral students, one of the letters must be from a dissertation advisor.

Download a fellowship application at or request to have one sent via postal mail. The deadline for submission of applications is July 31, 2010. Inquiries and application materials should be forwarded to:
Ms. Jennifer Kinniff
The Gelman Library
George Washington University
2130 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
The I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection was established in 1996 by Dr. Ari and Phyllis Kiev with the donation of the private library of Dr. Kiev’s father, Rabbi I. Edward Kiev (1905-1975), one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century. In 1998, the Kiev Room was dedicated to house the collection – along with supplementary collections of Jewish graphic art, archives, printed and recorded music, ephemera, artifacts and ritual objects - and to provide a reading room for researchers.
For further information on the Kiev Collection and related Judaica collections in the Gelman Library, go to: