New Exhibition at Western Libraries about Jewish Books and Printing

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Posted on: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 2:06pm

As Far As Their Books Reach - Jewish Printing and the Global Jewish Diaspora

Image depicts two children in a quasi-Biblical landscape learning about the holidays of the Jewish calendar at the feet of an older relative or teacher. The image is typical of the Bezalel school’s decorative art nouveau style.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources hosts a new exhibition tracing the journeys of the Jewish people through their books and printing. “As Far As Their Books Reach: Jewish Printing and the Global Jewish Diaspora,” will be on display September 23, 2019 through March 20, 2020, in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor).

This exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be available for viewing Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment (closed weekends and holidays).

Heinrich Heine described the Bible as the Jews’ “portable homeland.” The same could be said for Jewish books more broadly, which bear witness to the long and remarkable history of the global Jewish diaspora. Through a survey of historical Judaica, this exhibition traces the physical, intellectual, and cultural journeys of the Jewish people, and explores the traditions that have earned the Jews the description “People of the Book.”

Featured materials are from the recently acquired Judaica / Holocaust & Genocide Studies Collections located in Western Libraries Special Collections, and the exhibition is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. Numbering more than 3,000 titles, the collection spans 500 years and six continents.

For more information about the exhibit, or to request a group or class visit, please contact Judaica Project Archivist David Schlitt, David.Schlitt@wwu.edu, (360) 650-3193. 

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