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Welcome back

By Vanessa Freedman, on 22 September 2014

Welcome back to all returning students. You might notice a few changes in the library:

What is happening on the first floor?

  • The rooms which previously contained the Issue Desk, print/copy/scan machines and computer cluster are currently being refurbished, to make them ready for the installation of new self-service equipment.
  • The Issue Desk is currently in the Reference Room, which is opposite the former Issue Desk room.
  • There are 4 Desktop@UCL PCs in the Reference Room, along with 4 Explore terminals.
  • There are also 3 print/copy/scan machines  in the Reference Room, with a 4th in the Art section.
  • The DVD collection is now in the Literature corridor.
  • The Audio-Visual room is currently closed. Please ask at the Issue Desk if you need to alternative facilities.
  • More information about the new self-service facilities is available.

Where have all the journals gone?

All journals dating from before 2000 (with a few exceptions) have been moved out of the library and need to be ordered in advance using our Stores service.

The remaining journals in the HEBREW section have been moved onto one set of shelves to make space for new books.

New website

We have a new website and subject guide, which should be much more informative and easy to use. Please have a look and let us know what you think.

New books August 2014

By Vanessa Freedman, on 18 September 2014

Zewi, Tamar. A syntactical study of verbal forms affixed by -n(n) endings in classical Arabic, Biblical Hebrew, el-Amarna Akkadian, and Ugaritic. Münster : Ugarit-Verlag, 1999.
COMP. PHIL. E 2:5 ZEW

Regev, Eyal. The Hasmoneans : ideology, archaeology, identity. Göttingen : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, c2013.
HEBREW A 18 REG

The military and militarism in Israeli society / edited by Edna Lomsky-Feder and Eyal Ben-Ari. Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, c1999.
HEBREW FC 6 LOM

Ba’adani, Netanel. Hayu bodḳin : Sanhedrin pereḳ ḥamishi min ha-Talmud ha-Bavli : ʻim parshanut ʻal derekh ha-meḥḳar. Yerushalayim : ha-Igud le-farshanut ha-Talmud, 2012.
HEBREW FOLIOS RD 210 IGU

Maman, Aaron. Mirḳam leshonot ha-Yehudim bi-Tsefon Afriḳah  = The texture of Jewish languages in North Africa. Yerushalayim : Mosad Byaliḳ  774 = 2014.
HEBREW PS 100 MAM

Literature of the Holocaust / edited by Alan Rosen. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, c2013.
HEBREW Q 19 ROS

Weeks, Stuart. Ecclesiastes and scepticism. New York : T & T Clark International, 2012.
HEBREW QM 49 WEE

Maimonides, Moses. Sefer hamitzvoth = The book of mitzvoth / translated by Shraga Silverstein. New York : Moznaim, c1993.
HEBREW RH 10 MOS:SIL

Al tishlaḥ yadekha el ha-naʻar : shirim ṿe-divre hagut ʻal ha-ʻAḳedah / liḳeṭ ṿe-ʻarakh Aryeh Ben-Guryon ; ha-tsiyurim, Menasheh Ḳadishman. Yerushalayim : Keter, c2002.
HEBREW SE 40 BEN

Rosen, Michael. The quest for authenticity : the thought of Reb Simhah Bunim. Jerusalem : Urim Publications, c2008.
HEBREW W 250 ROS

Michels, Evi. Jiddische Handschriften der Niederlande. Leiden : Brill, 2013.
STORE

Schaechter, Mordkhe. Layṭish mame-loshn : obserṿatsyes un reḳomendatsyes / miṭ a a ṿorṭ frier fun Shiḳl Fishman. Nyu-Yorḳ : Yidish-lige, 1986-
YIDDISH B 10 SCH

Hellerstein, Kathryn. A question of tradition : women poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 / Kathryn Hellerstein.
YIDDISH C 20 HEL

Uncovering the hidden : the works and life of Der Nister / edited by Gennady Estraikh, Kerstin Hoge and Mikhail Krutikov. London : Legenda  2014.
YIDDISH C 200 NIS:EST

New website and subject guide

By Vanessa Freedman, on 4 September 2014

The UCL Library Services website has been completely revamped. It includes lots more information about our services and support for students, staff and visitors. There is also a new subject guide for Hebrew & Jewish Studies. Please give us feedback using the comment box below.

New books July 2014

By Vanessa Freedman, on 12 August 2014

Zer rimonim : meḥḳarim ba-Miḳra uva-parshanuto muḳdashim le-Prof. Rimon Kasher / ʻorkhim Mikhaʼel Aviʻoz, Eli ʻAsis, Yaʼel Shemesh. Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature, c2013.

HEBREW A 6 KAS

The Modern Jewish experience : a reader’s guide / edited by Jack Wertheimer. New York ; London : New York University Press, c1993.

HEBREW A 9 WER

The trial of the Talmud, Paris, 1240 / Hebrew texts translated by John Friedman ; Latin texts translated by Jean Connell Hoff ; historical essay by Robert Chazan. Toronto : Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, c2012.

HEBREW CF 10 FRI

Petrovskiĭ-Shtern, Ĭokhanan. The Golden Age shtetl : a new history of Jewish life in East Europe. Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2014.

HEBREW E 5 PET

Pinto, Diana. Israel has moved / Diana Pinto. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press  2013.

HEBREW FC 15 PIN

Yishai, Yael, 1933- Between the flag and the banner : women in Israeli politics. Albany : State University of New York Press, c1997.

HEBREW FC 30 YIS

Challenging ethnic citizenship : German and Israeli perspectives on immigration / edited by Daniel Levy and Yfaat Weiss. New York ; Oxford : Berghahn Books, 2002.

HEBREW FC 41 LEV

Israelis in conflict : hegemonies, identities and challenges / edited by Adriana Kemp … [et al.]. Brighton : Sussex Academic Press, c2004.

HEBREW FC 6 KEM

Messmer, Matthias, 1967- Jewish wayfarers in modern China : tragedy and splendor. Lanham, Md. ; Plymouth : Lexington Books, c2012.

HEBREW HC 5 MES

Biblical Hebrew in its Northwest Semitic setting : typological and historical perspectives / edited by Steven E. Fassberg and Avi Hurvitz. Jerusalem : Hebrew University Magnes Press ; Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 2006.

HEBREW P 6 FAS

Schniedewind, William M. A social history of Hebrew : its origins through the Rabbinic period. New Haven : Yale University Press,  2013.

HEBREW P 8 SCH

Spolsky, Bernard. The languages of the Jews : a sociolinguistic history. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,  2014.

HEBREW P 8 SPO

Barboric, Antonia, 1982-. Der Holocaust in der literarischen Erinnerung : autobiografische Aufzeichnungen von Udo Dietmar und Elie Wiesel. Wien : Böhlau Verlag,  2014.

HEBREW Q 19 BAR

Fragments : transcribing the Holocaust / Frances Rapport with Anka Bergman, Terry Farago, Edith Salter ; foreword by Arthur W. Frank ; afterword by Greville Janner. Swansea : Hafan Books, 2013.

HEBREW Q 19 RAP

Prophets male and female : gender and prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the ancient Near East / edited by Jonathan Stökl and Corrine L. Carvalho. Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

HEBREW QM 7 STO

Yiśreʼeli, ʻOded. Pitḥe hekhal : ʻiyune Agadah u-Midrash be-sefer ha-Zohar. Yerushalayim : Magnes, c2013.

HEBREW RS 59 YIS

Masterpieces of Hebrew literature : selections from 2000 years of Jewish creativity / edited and with introductions by Curt Leviant. Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 2008.

HEBREW S 6 LEV

Schäfer, Peter, 1943- The Jewish Jesus : how Judaism and Christianity shaped each other. Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2012.

HEBREW W 60 SCH

Time, astronomy, and calendars in the Jewish tradition / edited by Sacha Stern and Charles Burnett. Leiden : Brill, 2014.

HEBREW X 120 STE

Evreĭskie literaturnye skazki : [sostavlenie, predislovie, kommentarii Valerii͡a Dymshit͡sa ; perevod s idisha Igori͡a Bulatovskiĭ ... et al.]. Sankt-Peterburg : Simposium, 2013.

STORE

Sholem Aleichem, 1859-1916. Sipure tohu / Shalom Aleḳhem ; liḳeṭ, tirgem mi-Yidish ṿe-hosif heʻarot ṿe-aḥarit davar, Dan Miron. Yerushalayim : Keter, c2010.

STORE

Sholem Aleichem, 1859-1916. Le traîne-savates et autres contes ferroviaires / Sholem Aleikhem ; traduit du yiddish par Nadia Déhan … [et al.]. Paris : Liana Levi, c2002.

STORE

Spiegel, Isaiah, 1906-1990. Les flammes de la terre. [Paris] : Gallimard, c1973.

STORE

Meyer, Morris, 1879-1944. R. Yiśraʼel Baʻal Shem Ṭov : hisṭorishe faḳṭen, mayśes, legenden, verṭlekh,  gedanḳen un leren : ibergegeben un baloykhṭen in gaysṭ fun geshikhṭe, psikhologye un eṭiḳ. London : Jewish Times, [1942]

STORE

An-Ski, S., 1863-1920. The dybbuk : between two worlds : bilingual edition /  translated by Fernando Peñalosa. Rancho Palos Verdes, California : Tsiterboym Books, 2014.

STORE

The exile book of Yiddish women writers / edited by Frieda Johles Forman ; translated by the translated by the Toronto Yiddish Translation Group: Sam Blatt … [et al.]. Holstein, Ont. : Exile Editions, c2013.

YIDDISH C 10 FOR

Reading room now open

By Vanessa Freedman, on 5 August 2014

The Hebrew & Jewish Studies reading room is now fully open for study. Apologies for the recent disruption while books were being tagged for self-service.

There may be some further slight disruption due to reorganisation later in the summer but it shouldn’t be necessary to close the reading room.

Reading room closure update

By Vanessa Freedman, on 30 July 2014

The reading room closure is likely to continue until the end of this week (1st August) while books are being tagged for self-issue. You can still come in to take books from the shelves – or ask staff at the Issue Desk. Apologies for the inconvenience

Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections

By Vanessa Freedman, on 24 July 2014

We have just started work on an exciting project to uncover a hidden treasure in UCL Special Collections: the Jewish pamphlets.

Sermon by Isaac Nieto

A sermon preached in the Jews Synagogue on Friday, February 6, 1756, being the day appointed by authority for a general fast, by Issac Netto [Nieto], translated from Spanish by the author. London, 1756.
Ref: SR MOCATTA PAMPHLETS RN 20 NIE

The first phase of the project will take place over the next 12 months, and will involve cataloguing some 4,000 pamphlets from the Mocatta and De Sola collections. These collections formed part of the Mocatta Library, which was jointly founded by UCL and the Jewish Historical Society of England in 1906, after the philanthropist and bibliophile Frederic David Mocatta left his vast library to the Society. Mocatta’s collection was enriched by other donations and purchases in the early 20th century, becoming one of the finest and most comprehensive Jewish Studies libraries in the United Kingdom. Tragically, the library was destroyed by bombing in 1940; only the rarest books, pamphlets and manuscripts survived, having been moved to Wales for safekeeping.

However, the library was quickly re-constituted through donations from many individuals and organisations, including the Jewish collections of the Guildhall Library, and the extensive libraries of the journalist Asher Myers and the American scholar Cyrus Adler. It continued to be enlarged after the war; notable additions to the pamphlet collection came from the libraries of the historian Albert Hyamson and the Canadian rabbi Aaron David Meldola de Sola. The Mocatta Library was merged with UCL’s other Jewish collections in 1990.

The history and conversion of the Jewish boy

The history and conversion of the Jewish boy, by the author of the “Twin Sisters”, &c. London, 1829. From the Asher Myers collection.
Ref: SR MOCATTA PAMPHLETS A 106 SAN

The pamphlet collection covers a wide range of subjects throughout the field of Jewish Studies, particularly Anglo-Jewish history, Zionism and liturgy. The pamphlets date from 1601 onwards, and are in English, Hebrew and a number of other languages. Many of them are held in very few libraries, while some are extremely rare.

Thanksgiving for the cessation of war in Europe

Thanksgiving for the cessation of war in Europe. Amsterdam, 1801 or 1802.
Ref: SR MOCATTA PAMPHLETS RP 69 ABB

Detailed records for each pamphlet will be available to researchers and the general public via UCL’s Explore search tool, as well as COPAC and Search25. The material can be requested for teaching or research by contacting UCL Special Collections.

The first phase of the project will also include a small exhibition to showcase some of the most interesting items from the collection, and a conservation survey. By their nature pamphlets tend to be fragile, and this will also enable us to identify whether conservation work is required so that they can be preserved for future use.

Reading room closure

By Vanessa Freedman, on 21 July 2014

The Hebrew & Jewish Studies reading room will be closed for study from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, starting on Wednesday 23rd July until approximately Monday 28th July, while staff are processing books for self-issue. You can still come into the reading room to take books off the shelves or ask staff at the Issue Desk to fetch them for you. More information on the expansion of self-service is available.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

New books June 2014

By Vanessa Freedman, on 14 July 2014

Nirenberg, David, 1964- Anti-Judaism : the history of a way of thinking. London : Head of Zeus, 2013.

HEBREW A 110 NIR

Gender, place, and memory in the modern Jewish experience : re-placing ourselves / editors, Judith Tydor Baumel, Tova Cohen. London : Vallentine Mitchell, 2003.

HEBREW A 6 BAU

Ṿe-zot li-Yehudah : ḳovets maʼamarim ha-muḳdash le-ḥavrenu, Prof. Yehudah Libes, le-regel huladeto ha-shishim ṿe-ḥamishah / ʻorkhim Maren R. Nihof, Ronit Meroz ṿi-Yehonatan Garb. Yerushalayim : Mosad Byaliḳ, c2012.

HEBREW A 6 LIE

Evron, Boas. Jewish state or Israeli nation? Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1995.

HEBREW A 89 EVR

Corfis, Ivy A. Al-Andalus, Sepharad and medieval Iberia : cultural contact and diffusion. Leiden : Brill, 2009.

HEBREW CG 10 COR

Shilo, Margalit. ha-Maʼavaḳ ʻal ha-ḳol : neshot ha-yishuv u-zekhut ha-beḥirah 1917-1926. Yerushalayim : Yad Yitsḥaḳ Ben Tsevi, c2013.

HEBREW FC 14 SHI

Performing captivity, performing escape : cabarets and plays from the Terezín/Theresienstadt ghetto / edited by Lisa Peschel. London : Seagull Books, 2014.

HEBREW Q 19 PES

Halpern, Roni, 1962- Guf be-lo naḥat : sifrut ha-nashim ha-Yisreʼelit 1985-2005. Tel-Aviv : ha-Ḳibuts ha-meʼuḥad, [2012]

HEBREW SE 5 HAL

Rudin, Shai. Alimuyot : ʻal yitsugiyah shel ha-alimut ba-sifrut ha-ʻIvrit ha-ḥadashah. Tel Aviv : Resling, [2012]

HEBREW SE 5 RUD

Lembke, Astrid. Dämonische Allianzen : jüdische Mahrtenehenerzählungen der europäischen Vormoderne. Tübingen : A. Francke Verlag, c2013.

HEBREW W 530 LEM

Levine, Lee I.  Visual Judaism in late antiquity : historical contexts of Jewish art. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2012]

HEBREW X 10 LEV

Sutzkever, Abraham, 1913-2010. Acquario verde / Avraham Sutzkever ; a cura di Marisa Ines Romano. Firenze : Giuntina, c2010.

STORE

Mazya, ʻEdnah. Sṭempenyu : ʻibud ḥofshi le-‘Sṭempenyu’ me-et Shalom ʻAlekhem / ʻEdnah Mazya. [Tel Aviv] : Or-ʻam, 2012.

STORE

Miron, Dan. Mi-peh le-ozen : siḥot u-maḥshavot ʻal omanut ha-monolog shel Shalom ʻAlekhem. Ramat Gan : Afiḳ, sifrut Yiśreʼelit, c2012.

STORE

Sitarz, Magdalena Joanna. Literature as a medium for memory : the universe of Sholem Asch’s novels / Magdalena Sitarz ; translated by Piotr Pieńkowski. Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang Edition, [2013]

YIDDISH C 200 ASC:SIT

Shandler, Jeffrey. Shtetl : a vernacular intellectual history. New Brunswick, N.J. ; London : Rutgers University Press, c2014.

YIDDISH D 200 SHA

Expanded Jewish film collection

By Vanessa Freedman, on 23 June 2014

NCJF DVDs

We have greatly expanded our Jewish film collection with the acquisition of 60 DVDs from the National Center for Jewish Film. A few of these are replacements for obsolete videocassettes but most are new titles.

There are films going right back to the silent era (the earliest was released in 1910) and many are from the golden age of Yiddish cinema in the 1930s. The most recent is a documentary about Holocaust survivors released in 2002.

Most of the films were made in the USA, but there are also films from Poland, the USSR, Palestine/Israel, Austria, Germany and Spain. As well as Yiddish, there are films in English, Russian, Polish, German and Hebrew (all have English subtitles).

Many are based on classic Yiddish works by Sholem Aleichem, S. An-ski, Peretz Hirschbein, Jacob Gordin, Sholem Asch, Mendele Mokher Sefarim and others. The actors include well-known names such as Celia Adler, Molly Picon, Maurice Schwartz, Boris Thomashefsky, Ester-Rahel Kaminski, Zygmunt Turkow and Moishe Oysher. Directors include Sidney M. Goldin, Joseph Seiden, Edgar G. Ulmer, Henry Lynn and Joseph Green.

There are also a number of documentaries about Palestine (and later the state of Israel), Jewish life in Eastern Europe, the history of the Jews in Spain and Yiddish cinema.

Highlights of the collection include:

  • A brivele der mamen (A letter to mother), one of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, and the highest grossing Yiddish film of its time.
  • Lang ist der veg (Long is the road): released in 1949, this was the first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish point of view. It was made by and about Jewish displaced persons and shot on location in a displaced persons camp.
  • A child of the ghetto: a silent film released in 1910, this was one of the earliest films to treat an interfaith romance unproblematically.

All these films can be found via Explore. To limit your search to films, use the advanced search option and then choose ‘Audio Visual’ from the Material Type list.

Further reading:

Goldman, Eric A., Visions, images, and dreams: Yiddish film, past and present. Teaneck: Holmes & Meier,  2011. YIDDISH F 300 GOL

Goldberg, Judith N., Laughter through tears: the Yiddish cinema. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1983. YIDDISH F 300 GOL

Hoberman, J., Bridge of light : Yiddish film between two worlds. Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2010. YIDDISH F 300 HOB

Teicholz, Tom, et al. “Motion Pictures.” Encyclopaedia Judaica. Ed. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. 2nd ed. Vol. 14. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, p. 570-578. HEBREW REF A 2 ENC and online.