Judaica Exhibits Judaica Home Yale University Library

Depiction of beginning of Magid section of Haggadah


      This exhibit attempts to display the wide range of Judaica collecting at the Yale Library. In addition to the items from the Judaica Collection, material from the Map Collection, Arts of the Book, and the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library are also included.

   Yale has a long rich tradition in the study of Jewish religion, history, and thought dating back to Yale’s founding, when Hebrew language was a required course of study. Now, with an undergraduate major in Judaic Studies, and a graduate program training future academic leaders, the study of Jewish life and thought is thoroughly integrated into the University’s offerings in the Humanities

   The Yale Library Judaica holdings have grown slowly but steadily since the University’s founding in 1701. Following the receipt of two major gifts in 1915, the Yale Library established a separate Judaica Collection, which is recognized as one of the major collections of Judaica in the country. The focus of the over 100,000 volume collection, which includes manuscripts and rare books, is biblical, classical, medieval, and modern periods of Jewish literature and history, and supports the research needs of the faculty and students of the University’s Judaic Studies Program and those of the broader academic community.

   The social, religious, and cultural lives of the Jewish people are reflected in the Library’s collections. Religious Law, Sephardic Studies, rabbinics, Jewish philosophy and modern thought, talmudica, and Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino languages and literatures are all represented in the collections.



  Kohut Collection Arts of the Book Maps Music Marriage Contracts Glossary