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Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections: an update

By Vanessa Freedman, on 13 July 2016

The second phase of our  Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections project is now well under way.

Conservation

Conservation of the pamphlets that are in very poor condition is continuing. This has included cleaning, repairs, removing glue, replacing spines and making folders for pamphlets that had been disbound.

Digitisation

Selecting items for the digitisation pilot

Selecting items for the digitisation pilot

We have selected ten pamphlets as a pilot batch for digitisation. The pilot will allow us to identify any particular problems in dealing with this material. We have chosen a range of formats and types of material, including pamphlets in Hebrew which open from right to left; pamphlets that are bound with a large number of blank sheets; volumes that include folded pamphlets; volumes that have manuscript items, such as letters, bound in with the pamphlets; and unusual materials, such as a copy of Hyman Hurwitz‘s dirge to be chanted on the day of King George III’s funeral, which is printed on satin.

Cataloguing

We have finished cataloguing the Montefiore Bound Pamphlets, a collection of pamphlets, mostly in Hebrew, from the library of the Judith Lady Montefiore College in Ramsgate, held on deposit from the Montefiore Endowment. We have now moved onto Albert Hyamson’s Zionist pamphlets. Hyamson (1875-1954) was a civil servant, author and historian. His relationship with Zionism was complex. Originally a Zionist, he was appointed as Chief Immigration Officer for Palestine under the British Mandate from 1921-1934. In this role he put into practice the British Government’s restrictive immigration policy and became extremely unpopular with the Zionists. By the time he returned to England in 1934, he had become resolutely anti-Zionist. He wrote a number of works on Zionism, before, during and after his posting in Palestine.

A new member of the team

Monika Biesaga, a PhD student from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, is joining the project team as a trainee over the summer through the Erasmus+ scheme. Monika is assisting with cataloguing, conservation and digitisation and will also be contributing to this blog.

New books March-April 2016

By Vanessa Freedman, on 2 June 2016

Laqueur, Walter. A history of Zionism. New York : Schocken Books, [2003]
HEBREW A 85 LAQ

Offenberg, A. K. Menasseh ben Israel (1604-1657) : a biographical sketch. Amsterdam : Menasseh ben Israel Instituut, 2011.
HEBREW B 20 MEN

Chayat, Shlomit and Śarah Yiśraʼeli. ʻIvrit min ha-hatḥalah (he-ḥadash). Ḥeleḳ 2. Yerushalayim : Aḳademon, 775 = 2015.
HEBREW P 5 CHA

Brenner, Naomi. Lingering bilingualism : modern Hebrew and Yiddish literatures in contact. Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, [2016]
HEBREW Q 5 BRE

Garb, Jonathan. Meḳubal be-lev ha-seʻarah : R. Mosheh Ḥayim Lutsaṭo. Tel-Aviv : Universiṭat Tel-Aviv, ha-hotsaʼah la-or ʻa. sh. Ḥayim Rubin, c2014.
HEBREW SE 20 GAR

Karpinowitz, Abraham. Vilna my Vilna / stories by Abraham Karpinowitz ; translated from the Yiddish by Helen Mintz ; foreword by Justin Cammy. Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2016.
STORE

Mestel, Jacob. Milḥomeh-noṭitsn fun a Yidishn ofitsir. v. 1. Ṿarshe : Farlag Sh. Yaṭshḳoṿsḳi, 1924.
STORE

 

New books February 2016

By Vanessa Freedman, on 17 March 2016

Lipton, Sara. Dark mirror : the medieval origins of anti-Jewish iconography. New York : Metropolitan Books, 2014.
HEBREW A 110 LIP

Exile and return : the Babylonian context / edited by Jonathan Stökl and Caroline Waerzeggers. Berlin : De Gruyter, [2015]
HEBREW A 16 STO

Baumgarten, Jean. Le peuple des livres : les ouvrages populaires dans la société ashkénaze (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle). Paris : Albin Michel, [2010]
HEBREW A 7 BAU

Skies of parchment, seas of ink : Jewish illuminated manuscripts / edited by Marc Michael Epstein ; with contributions by Eva Frojmovic, Jenna Siman Jacobs, Hartley Lachter, Shalom Sabar, Raymond P. Scheindlin, Agnes Vető, Susan Vick, Barbara Wolff, and Diane Wolfthal. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
HEBREW A 7 EPS

The itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela : travels in the Middle Ages / introductions by Michael A. Signer, 1983, Marcus Nathan Adler, 1907, A. Asher, 1840. Cold Spring, New York : NightinGale Resources, 2005.
HEBREW A 70 BEN

Schwarz, Guri. After Mussolini : Jewish life and Jewish memories in post-Fascist Italy. Edgware, Middlesex : Vallentine Mitchell, 2012.
HEBREW CK 14 SCH

Cohen, Hillel. Year zero of the Arab-Israeli conflict 1929 / translated by Haim Watzman. Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press, [2015]
HEBREW FC 14 COH

Lockman, Zachary. Comrades and enemies : Arab and Jewish workers in Palestine, 1906-1948. Berkeley : University of California Press, [1996]
HEBREW FC 14 LOC

al-Farhūd : the 1941 pogrom in Iraq / edited by Shmuel Moreh and Zvi Yehuda. Jerusalem : The Hebrew University Magnes Press, [2010]
HEBREW FM 5 MOR

Biblical lexicology : Hebrew and Greek : semantics, exegesis, translation / edited by Eberhard Bons, Jan Joosten and Regine Hunziker-Rodewald ; with the collaboration of Romina Vergari. Berlin : De Gruyter, [2015]
HEBREW QM 6 BON

Golenpol, Akiva. Leḳsiḳon ha-folḳlor ha-ʻIvri. 1, Sefer ha-pitgamim : mevoʼar u-meturgam Yidit. Kaunas : [publisher not identified, 697 = 1936]
YIDDISH A 15 GOL

Beider, Alexander. Origins of Yiddish dialects. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2015.
YIDDISH B 7 BEI

Levita, Elijah. Bovo d’Antona by Elye Bokher : a Yiddish romance / a critical edition with commentary by Claudia Rosenzweig. Leiden : Brill, [2016]
YIDDISH C 100 LEV:ROS

Glasser-Andrews, Edith. A rayze tsu der levoneh / ilusṭrirṭ fun Noṭe Ḳozloṿsḳi. Nyu-Yorḳ : Ida Glazer bukh ḳomiṭeṭ, 1940.
YIDDISH C 200 GLA

Okrutny, Iosef. Dos bukh fun di elnṭe. Buenos-Ayres : Tsenṭral-farband fun Poylishe Yidn in Argenṭine, 1952.
YIDDISH C 200 OKR

Zimmer, Kenyon. Immigrants against the state : Yiddish and Italian anarchism in America. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2015]
YIDDISH D 350 ZIM

Gnessin, Uri Nissan. Efroyem Margolis̀ : “Etsel” / fun Hebreish, Y. Mayzil. Ṿarshe : Ṿilner farlag fun B.A. Ḳletsḳin, 1925.
STORE

Pomerantz, Alexander. Di Soṿeṭishe haruge-malkhes̀ : tsu zeyer 10ṭn yortsayṭ : ṿegn dem ṭragishn goyrl fun di Yidishe shraybers … Buenos Ayres : Yidisher ṿisnshafṭlekher insṭiṭuṭ, 1962.
STORE

Mastbaum, Itella. Nign un geshṭalṭ : tsen geḳlibene Yidishe lider. Yerushalayim : Filobiblon, 2003.
STORE

Yuridishe ṭerminologye : proyeḳṭ. Minsḳ : Insṭiṭuṭ far Ṿaysruslendisher ḳulṭur, 1926.
STORE

Zeitlin, Hillel. ha-Dibuḳ : (la me-ʻalma ha-den) : haʻarakhah meforeṭet / tirgem, N. Meltsen. Yerushalayim : ha-Sefer, 686 [1925 or 1926]
YIDDISH BOXED PAMPHLETS C 200 ANS:ZEI

The life of Moses Gaster in ten objects

By Vanessa Freedman, on 2 March 2016

gaster poster_02Join Hebrew & Jewish Studies Librarian Vanessa Freedman and UCL Geography undergraduate Gabriel Pogrund to hear about a colourful Jewish leader.

Rabbi Dr Moses Gaster (1856-1939), rabbi, Zionist leader and polymath, was a key figure in the Anglo-Jewish community of the late 19th and early 20th century. But he was marginalised by his feuds with communal and Zionist leaders, and has not been given his due prominence in histories of British Jewry or the Zionist movement.  Fortunately, he left a fascinating archive of over 170,000 items, now in UCL Special Collections. This presentation will use ten objects from the Gaster archive to illustrate the life of this remarkable man.

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 1-2 pm

Room 417, UCL Science Library, Malet Place, WC1E 7JG

Admission free, but preference given to pre-booked places. To book a place, contact: t.tuckett@ucl.ac.uk

New books January 2016

By Vanessa Freedman, on 15 February 2016

Jilovsky, Esther. Remembering the Holocaust : generations, witnessing and place. London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015.
HEBREW A 144 JIL

Horst, Pieter Willem van der. Saxa Judaica loquuntur : lessons from early Jewish inscriptions : Radboud prestige lectures 2014. Leiden : Brill, [2015]
HEBREW A 54 HOR

Language as bridge and border : linguistic, cultural and political constellations in 18th to 20th centuries German-Jewish thought / edited by Sanine Sander. Berlin : Hentrich & Hentrich, 2015.
HEBREW A 6 SAN

Gardiner, Muriel. Code name “Mary” : memoirs of an American woman in the Austrian underground. New Haven : Yale University Press, [1983]
HEBREW B 20 GAR

Bernardini, Paolo. The Jews, instructions for use : four eighteenth-century projects for the emanicipation of European Jews / Paolo L. Bernardini, Diego Lucci. Boston [Mass.] : Academic Studies Press, 2012.
HEBREW CA 33 BER

Katz, Ethan. The burdens of brotherhood : Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
HEBREW CF 16 KAT

Meyuhas Ginio, Alisa. Between Sepharad and Jerusalem : history, identity and memory of the Sephardim. Leiden : Brill, [2015]
HEBREW CG 5 MEY

Baumgarten, Elisheva. Practicing piety in medieval Ashkenaz : men, women, and everyday religious observance. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2014]
HEBREW D 52 BAU

Kravva, Vasiliki. Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you if you are Jewish : food and discourses of identity. Saarbrücken, Germany : VDM Verlag Dr. Müller,, 2010.
HEBREW DT 43 KRA

Seikaly, Sherene. Men of capital : scarcity and economy in mandate Palestine. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2016]
HEBREW FC 14 SEI

Our harsh logic : Israeli soldiers’ testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010 / compiled by Breaking the Silence. New York : Picador, September 2013.
HEBREW FC 16 BRE

Ranta, Ronald. Political decision making and non-decisions : the case of Israel and the occupied territories. Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
HEBREW FC 16 RAN

Peters, F. E. Jerusalem : the holy city in the eyes of chroniclers, visitors, pilgrims and prophets from the days of Abraham to the beginnings of modern times.  Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1985]
HEBREW FC 24 PET

Roby, Bryan K. The Mizrahi era of rebellion : Israel’s forgotten civil rights struggle, 1948-1966. Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, [2015]
HEBREW FC 35 ROB

Handbook of Jewish languages / edited by Lily Kahn, Aaron D. Rubin. Leiden : Brill, [2016]
HEBREW PR 5 KAH

Zevit, Ziony. What really happened in the Garden of Eden? New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
HEBREW QM 13 ZEV

Blumenthal, David R. Philosophic mysticism : studies in rational religion. Ramat Gan : Bar-Ilan University, 2006.
HEBREW RT 6 BLU

Jacobus, Helen R. Zodiac calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls and their reception : ancient astronomy and astrology in early Judaism. Leiden : Brill, [2015]
HEBREW W 142 JAC

Law in the documents of the Judaean desert / edited by Ranon Katzoff & David Schaps. Leiden : Brill, 2005.
HEBREW W 142 KAT

Magid, Shaul. Hasidism incarnate : Hasidism, Christianity, and the construction of modern Judaism. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2015]
HEBREW W 250 MAG

Noy, Melech. 15 yor Palesṭina-arbeṭer-fond / miṭ a hagdomeh fun Shloymeh Ḳaplansḳi. Tel-Aviv : Ḳomiṭeṭ far’n arbeṭendn E.Y., 688 [1928]
STORE

Pomerantz, Israel Hayim. Meshieḥ-moṭiṿn in der Ameriḳaner-Yidisher poezye. Ḥefah : Farlag “Ḥefah”, 727 = 1966.
STORE

Aḥisefer : meʼasef le-divre sifrut, ḥeḳer ha-leshonot be-Yiśraʼel ṿe-targumim min ha-shirah ha-Idit / ba-ʻarikhat Shemuʼel Niger u-Menaḥem Ribolov. Nyu-Yorḳ : Ḳeren Luʼis Lamed le-sifrutenu be-ʻIvrit uve-Idit, 704 [1943]
STORE

The mark of the swastika : extracts from the British war blue book, together with the white paper on the treatment of German nationals in Germany / edited by Moses Schonfeld and Herman Appelman = Der tseykhn fun di sṿastiḳa : oystsugn fun dem Briṭish milḥomeh blu buḳ, tsuzamen miṭ dem ṿaysn papir ṿegen der bahandlung fun Dayṭshe natsionaliṭeṭn in Dayṭshland. New York : Ad Press Ltd., [1941]
STORE

Kling, Bertha. Fun mayne ṭeg. Nyu-Yorḳ : [Bertha Kling], 1952.
STORE

Joseph Opatoshu : a Yiddish writer between Europe and America / edited by Sabine Koller, Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov. London : Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Publishing, 2013.
YIDDISH C 200 OPA:KOL

Women writers of Yiddish literature : critical essays / edited by Rosemary Horowitz. Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2015]
YIDDISH C 6 HOR

Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections: The Second Phase

By Vanessa Freedman, on 9 February 2016

We are delighted to announce that Phase 2 of the Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections project will begin shortly, following a successful grant application. Read more in the latest Library Newsletter.

New books December 2015

By Vanessa Freedman, on 25 January 2016

Levin, Dov. Historian’s testimony : collection of oral history abstracts. Jerusalem : Magnes, c2013.
HEBREW A 1 LEV

Soloveitchik, Haym. Collected essays. Oxford : Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2013.
HEBREW A 6 SOL

Lanzmann, Claude. The Patagonian hare : a memoir / translated from the French by Frank Wynne. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
HEBREW B 20 LAN

Schächter, Elizabeth. The Jews of Italy, 1848-1915 : between tradition and transformation. Edgware, Middlesex : Vallentine Mitchell, [2011]
HEBREW CK 14 SCH

Yiftachel, Oren. Ethnocracy : land and identity politics in Israel/Palestine. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2006]
HEBREW FC 35 YIF

Jews of the American West / edited by Moses Rischin and John Livingston. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, [1991]
HEBREW L 6 RIS

Chayat, Shlomit. ‘Ivrit min ha-hatḥalah (he-ḥadash). Ḥeleḳ 1 / Shelomit Ḥayaṭ, Śarah Yiśraʼeli, Yerushalayim : Aḳademon be-ʻam, 773 = 2013.
HEBREW P 5 CHA

Schlesinger, Michel. Satzlehre der aramäischen Sprache des babylonischen Talmuds. Heildesheim : Olms-Weidmann, 1995.
HEBREW PR 335 SCH

Stuckenbruck, Loren T. The myth of rebellious angels : studies in Second Temple Judaism and New Testament texts. Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, [2014]
HEBREW QM 6 STU

Maimonides, Moses. Maimonides’ introduction to the Talmud : a translation of the Rambam’s introduction to his commentary on the Mishna / translated and annotated by Zvi Lampel. Brooklyn, N.Y. : Judaica Press, 1998.
HEBREW RB 210 MOS

Ruderman, David B. A best-selling Hebrew book of the modern era : the Book of the Covenant of Pinḥas Hurwitz and its remarkable legacy. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2014]
HEBREW RT 999 HUR:RUD

Libman, Zalmen. Idishe farmeray in Ameriḳa : ir frage un leyzung. Nyu Heyṿen, Ḳonn. : [publisher not identified], 1930.
STORE

Yidish in Erts-Iśroel : redes, faḳṭn, doḳumenṭn. Nyu-Yorḳ : Lige far rekhṭ fun Yidish in Erts-Iśroel, [1936?]
YIDDISH BOXED PAMPHLETS B 20 LEA

Sandler, Boris. Apoḳrifn : lider. Nyu-Yorḳ : Forṿerṭs oysgabe, 774 = 2014.
YIDDISH C 200 SAN

New books October-November 2015

By Vanessa Freedman, on 7 December 2015

Meyers, Carol L. Households and holiness : the religious culture of Israelite women. Minneapolis : Fortress Press, [2005]
HEBREW A 16 MEY

Shteyngart, Gary. Little failure : a memoir. London : Penguin Books, 2014.
HEBREW B 20 SHT

Marks, Kenneth. The archaeology of Anglo-Jewry in England and Wales, 1656-c.1880. Oxford : Archaeopress, 2014.
HEBREW BA 20 MAR

The power of persuasion : Jewish posters from pre-war Poland : exhibition catalogue : Warsaw, January 1999 / edited by Krysia Fisher. Warszawa : Żydowski Instytut Historyczny IN-B, 1999.
HEBREW QUARTOS EP 13 FIS

Bikont, Anna. The crime and the silence : a quest for the truth of a wartime massacre. London : William Heinemann, 2015.
HEBREW EP 14 BIK

Goitein, S. D. Jews and Arabs : a concise history of their social and cultural relations. Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., [2005]
HEBREW FA 35 GOI

Klein, Menachem. Lives in common : Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron. London : Hurst & Company, 2014.
HEBREW FC 16 KLE

Kadman, Noga. Erased from space and consciousness : Israel and the depopulated Palestinian villages of 1948. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2015]
HEBREW FC 20 KAD

Levi, Tomer. The Jews of Beirut : the rise of a Levantine community, 1860s-1930s. New York : Peter Lang, [2012]
HEBREW FD 24 LEV

Pocket bilingual dictionary English-Hebrew, Hebrew-English : completely transliterated / editors Donna Bossin, Dr. Josef Reif. Rosh Ha’ayin : Prolog Publishing House, [2003]
HEBREW P 2 BOS

Tarmon, Asher. Luḥot peʻalim : 78 digme neṭiyah ha-meyatsgim 820 peʻalim la-talmid ha-matḥil ṿeha-mitḳadem / luḳṭu ṿe-neʻerkhu bi-yede Asher Tarmon, ʻEzri Uval. Yerushalayim : Tamir, 1978.
HEBREW P 40 TAR

Secunda, Shai. The Iranian Talmud : reading the Bavli in its Sasanian context. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2014]
HEBREW RD 5 SEC

Pava, Moses L. Jewish ethics in a post-Madoff world : a case for optimism. New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
HEBREW RV 90 PAV

Bar-Yosef, Ḥamuṭal. Mazon / tsilumim, Noyah Shiloni-Ḥaviv. Yerushalayim : Karmel, [2002]
HEBREW SE 99 BAR

Laor, Yitzchak. Yaʻamod beni : shirim, 2005-2007. Tel Aviv : ha-Ḳibuts ha-meʼuḥad, [2007]
HEBREW SE 99 LAO

Hoffmann, Yoel. Krisṭus shel dagim. Yerushalayim : Maḳsṿel-Maḳmilan-Keter, [199-?]
HEBREW SE 249 HOF

Hoffmann, Yoel. ha-Shunra ṿeha-shmeṭerling. Yerushalayim : Keter, c2001.
HEBREW SE 249 HOF

Jackont, Amnon. Malkodet devash. Yerushalayim : Keter hotsaʼah la-ʼor, [1994]
HEBREW SE 249 JAC

Attenberg, Jami. The Middlesteins. London : Serpent’s Tail, 2013.
HEBREW TE 202 ATT

Fishman, Boris. A replacement life. London : ONE, an imprint of Pushkin Press, 2015.
HEBREW TE 202 FIS

Silberbusch, David Isaiah. Menshen un geshehnishen. Wien : Ferlag fun liṭeraṭur fraynd, [1931?]
STORE

Bayderman, Aleḳsander. Lider / Uḳrainish, Ṭaras Fediuḳ. Odes : Asṭroprinṭ, 2000 = 5760.
YIDDISH BOXED PAMPHLETS C 200 BAY

Gurin, Moshe. Di grine briḳ. Tel-Aviv : Farlag Y.L. Perets, 1966.
YIDDISH C 200 GUR

Lee, Malka. Lider. Nyu Yorḳ : Aroysgegebn fun der Idisher ḳulṭur gezelshafṭ, 1932.
YIDDISH C 200 LEE

Levanda, L. O. In shṭurm : roman. Ṿarsha : Tsenṭral, 673 [1912 or 1913]
YIDDISH C 220 LEV

Unger, Menasheh. Di Ḥsidishe ṿelṭ, geshikhṭe fun Ḥsidishe hoyfn in Poyln un Galitsye. Nyu-Yorḳ : Farlag “Ḥsides̀”, 1955.
YIDDISH D 150 UNG

 

Welcome (back)

By Vanessa Freedman, on 7 October 2015

To all new students, welcome!

Vanessa Freedman

I’m your subject librarian and my job is to help you make the best use of library resources during your studies. Hopefully we already met in induction week, but if you missed the library tour then feel free to pop into my office (at the end of the Hebrew & Jewish Studies reading room) or send me an email.

To returning students and staff, welcome back! You may notice that we have some nice new tables in the Hebrew & Jewish Studies reading room. I have also moved office, but only next door – you can now find me at the end of the reading room, next to Yiddish periodicals. Don’t forget I’m here to help you – so do get in touch at any time.

new tables

Phase 1 of Jewish Pamphlets project now complete

By Vanessa Freedman, on 12 August 2015

Phase 1 of the Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections project is now complete. We have catalogued over 4000 pamphlets and carried out a survey to identify which pamphlets need conservation.

The 4000th pamphlet

The 4000th pamphlet: To the memory of Marion Harry Alexander Spielmann : a brief tribute paid at his funeral : 6th October 1948 / by Ephraim Levine. MOCATTA BOXED PAMPHLETS B 20 SPI

Selected items from the collection will be on display in the Main Library (near the Donaldson Room) from 17th August for 2-3 months. The exhibition includes an account of how one very fragile item is being conserved.

We are now seeking funding for phase 2 of the project, which will include the conservation work identified in the survey, digitisation of significant and fragile items, and additional cataloguing. Watch this space for developments!