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The Second International Conference of Judaica-Collection Curators

The Second International Conference of Judaica-Collection Curators

Curated Collections

November 4th-6th, 2014 | 11-13 Heshvan, 5775


Dear Participants,

It is an honor to bring together to the city of Jerusalem and to the National Library of Israel such a diverse, talented and experienced group of Judaica curators, collectors and archivists from around the globe. This second International Conference of Judaica-Collection Curators gathers professionals from over 20 countries to share their expertise and experience.

Standing at the center of our discussions is the growing place of digital information in the 21st century. Digital technologies have changed virtually everything about how information and knowledge is created, distributed, stored, searched and consumed. Our ongoing work requires us to understand these developments so that we can use or create the most effective technologies in expanding, preserving and disseminating our collections. Yet, as curators of Jewish collections, we cannot afford to look only at the future, but must keep our glance fixed on the past as well, to that millennium old tradition of Jewish writing and book lore. This conversation between the traditions of the past and the technologies of the future is the bread and butter of our work, and it is what brings us together for this conference.

In addition to sharing information and ideas, we want to encourage the creation of professional ties and personal connections between library practitioners and the institutions that they represent. We are gratified to see so many returning participants, who realize that ongoing interactions can help strengthen the bonds that connect the community of Judaica collectors worldwide. It is an honor for the National Library of Israel to help facilitate the creation and development of those bonds.

The National Library of Israel is undergoing a process of intensive growth and renewal. The new building, to be constructed next to the Israeli Knesset, will enable the Library to meet the challenges that the new technological world places before us, particularly as we witness a growing international interest in Jewish books and knowledge. This conference, and the worldwide cooperation that will stem from it, make up a critical part of this renewal.

Thank you for your participation and for contributing to what I am sure will be a most enlightening and enjoyable conference.

David Blumberg
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Tuesday, November 4th

Opening Session | 09:45-11:00


David Blumberg

Keynote Address

Yoram Eshet-Alkalai
Cyclical Changes in Literacy through History: A Technological Approach

Panel Session 1

Building Judaica Digital Collections in the 21st Century | 11:30-13:00


Lena Stanley-Clamp
Europeana Judaica


Violet Radnofsky
Harvard University Library


Rachel Heuberger
University Library Frankfurt

Catherine Eagleton
The British Library

Sabina Magrini
Biblioteca Palatina in Parma


Poster Presentations


Dudu Amitai
Yad Ya’ari Archive
Yad Ya'ari: Taking the Archives out of the Archive

Frank Mecklenburg
Leo Baeck Institute

Ann Brener
Library of Congress
Jewish Collections on the Library of Congress

Tsafra Siew
The National Library of Israel
The International Digital Library of Hebrew Manuscripts

Yaacov Choueka
Friedberg Genizah Project
The Friedberg Project for the Babylonian Talmud Variants

Robin Nobel
Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe

Kinga Dévény
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Kaufman, Goldziher and Beyond: Judaica Collections in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Science

Lena Stanley-Clamp
European Association for Jewish Culture
Judaica Europeana

Joseph Galron-Goldschlager
The Ohio State University
Modern Hebrew Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Lexicon

Heide Warncke
Ets Haim - Livaria Montezions
Ets Haim: The Oldest Jewish Library in the World Steps into the 21st Century

Deborah Kacowicz
Fundación IWO
Archives of Fundación IWO

Anita Weinstein
Centro de Documentación e Información sobre Judaísmo Argentino “Marc Turkow” AMIA
The Mission of Marc Turkow Center

Chezkie Kasnett
The National Library of Israel
JPress: The Historical Jewish Press Project

Stefan Wimmer
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Hebrew Manuscripts in the Bavarian State Library

Gisèle Lévy
Centro Bibliografico Ucei
Centro Bibliografico Ucei: Goals and Projects

Panel Session 2

Audiences of 21st Century Judaica Collections and their Needs: Books, Periodicals, Photographs, Ephemera and Digitally-Born Content | 15:45-17:15


William Gross
Gross Family Collection


Arthur Kiron
University of Pennsylvania


Yaacov Lozowick
Israel State Archive

Hezi Amiur
The National Library of Israel

Yoel Finkelman
The National Library of Israel

Wednesday, November 5th

Panel session 3 | Jewish Collections in non-Jewish Libraries | 09:00-10:30


Shimon Iakerson
The Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg


Emile G.L. Schrijver
University of Amsterdam


Iryna Sergieieva
The Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine

Ann Brener
Library of Congress

Zachary Baker
Stanford University Library

Panel session 4

Preserving Arab Cultural Materials in Israel | 11:00-12:30


Yaron Tsur
Tel Aviv University


Raquel Ukeles
The National Library of National


Johnny Mansur
Beit Berl College

Said Abu-Shakra
Umm El-Fahem Art Gallery

Mansur Nsasra
The Council of British Research in the Levant

Tour of Mt. Scopus

In Pursuit of the Intellectual Zionist Project | 13:30-16:30

Mt. Scopus looks out over thousands of years of Jewish history, from ancient archeology to current events, with Jerusalem on one side and the Judean desert and the Dead Sea on the other. The site also houses the first buildings of the Hebrew University as well as the earliest long-term home of the National Library. We will walk in the footsteps of those who envisioned a new national cultural center for the Jewish people upon its return to the Land of Israel. We will hear the stories which motivated these institutions in the decades prior to the War of Independence and upon the return to the mountain after the Six Day War, when the new campus was constructed.

Dinner in Terasa, Jerusalem


Keynote Address

Sheizaf Rafaeli

The Imperative to Remember and the Right to Forget in the Google Generation

Thursday, November 6th

Panel Session 5 | Proactive Collection Policy of Non-Book Material | 09:00-10:30


Anita Weinstein
Marc Turkow Center, Argentina


Aviad Stollman
The National Library of Israel


Anat Ben-David
Open University of Amsterdam

Edwin Seroussi
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Margalit Bejarano
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Parallel Roundtable Sessions


Is Small Beautiful? Visibility of Independent Judaica Collections
Moderator: Jean-Claude Kuperminc, Bibliothèque de l’Alliance israélite universelle

Endangered Jewish and Israeli Community Archives
Moderator: Robin Nobel, Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe

Facilitating Modern Research on Jewish Book Culture
Moderator: Emile Schrijver, University of Amsterdam

Why Bother Preserving the Original When You Can Just Digitize?
Moderator: Haim Gertner, Yad Vashem

Tour of "Vessel to Vessel" Exhibition


Tour of "Vessel to Vessel" Exhibition and Library Highlights

Closing Lecture


Oren Weinberg
Director of The National Library of Israel:
The National Library of Israel in 2020

Questions and Answers session with Haggai Ben Shammai
Academic Director of The National Library of Israel

International Conference Advisory Board

Charles Berlin (Harvard University Library) Aviad Stollman (The National Library of Israel)
Ann Brener (Library of Congress) Ilana Tahan (British Library)
Gabor Kadar (Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe)  Anita Weinstein (Centro de Documentacion e UInformacion sobre Judaismo                        Argentino "Marc Turkow")
Emile G.L. Schrijver (Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana)  Irina Iryna Sergieieva (The Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine)