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The mg电子试玩 of JTS is one of the greatest Judaic studies libraries in the world. In addition to its 400,000 circulating volumes, the mg电子试玩 has an exceptional collection of rare materials, including the world’s largest collection of Hebrew manuscripts, 43,000 fragments from the Cairo Genizah, 广泛的档案, 还有更多.

The mg电子试玩 of JTS serves JTS students and faculty, as well as scholars and 研究人员 around the world. Whatever your position or interest, we are happy to serve you.

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Dr. David Kraemer describes the meaning and impact of the JTS mg电子试玩, and the architects of our 21st Century Campus discuss their vision.

历史 of the mg电子试玩

成立于1893年, the nucleus of the mg电子试玩 was formed by contributions from outstanding private collectors and philanthropists, including Cyrus Adler, 莫蒂默L. Schiff, Felix Warburg, Louis Marshall, Mayer Sulzberger, Elkan Nathan Adler, and Hyman G. 恩尼罗.

亚历山大·马克思, who served as chief librarian for 50 years (1903–1953), was responsible in large part for collecting the material and making it available to readers. His devoted leadership created what is recognized today as the greatest Jewish library in the Western Hemisphere.

20世纪30年代, recognizing that European Jewry was threatened and that America offered Jews and Judaism a place to grow, the mg电子试玩 made its goal to become the National Museum of the Jewish Book. It adopted a policy of collecting and preserving the totality of the Jewish cultural experience. The books that were acquired during this period remain in the mg电子试玩’s collections. The mg电子试玩’s objects became the foundation of New York’s Jewish Museum.

The mg电子试玩 suffered a disastrous fire on April 18, 1966. The fire occurred on the upper floors of the mg电子试玩 tower, where most of the books were housed. Seventy thousand volumes were destroyed, and every other book in the tower was damaged by fire, 烟, 或水. Fortunately, rare books and manuscripts were kept in another area and were spared the damage.

Thanks to the exceptional leadership of Seminary Librarian, Professor Menahem Schmelzer, service to readers was resumed in September 1966. 一个临时的, prefabricated building was erected to hold some of the books, while others were housed in a warehouse at a distance from the campus. The staff struggled in these improvised quarters until July 5, 1983, when a new building was completed and opened to the public. This facility served the JTS community and the public until the summer of 2015.

9月1日, 2015, the mg电子试玩 opened in temporary quarters on JTS’s campus, anticipating the construction of a new and much improved mg电子试玩 for the 21st century. As libraries, services, and technologies have changed, so has the JTS mg电子试玩. Despite challenges posed by the Covid pandemic, the new mg电子试玩 opened in 2021—and its new Rare Book Room and exhibition gallery in 2022—providing access to users far and wide. The new mg电子试玩 is an active hub for classes, 研究人员, 旅游团, 还有更多, all while protecting and preserving the rare gems in its collection.