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Letty Cottin Pogrebin & “How to Make it in a Man’s World“

Image: Signed First Edition of How to Make it in a Man’s World from the library of The American Jewish Historical Society By ​​Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Librarian for Special Collections, Reference, and Instruction, Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Center For Jewish History Before Sheryl Sandberg told women to Lean In, Letty Cottin Pogrebin (Born June 9, 1939) was giving women the scoop on…

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We congratulate winners of the Jewish Book Awards – and took a look at some of the sources used

Michelle McCarthy, M.S.L.I.S., Reference Services Assistant, Center for Jewish History On Wednesday, March 11th, the 64th Annual Jewish Book Awards for 2014 were held at the Center for Jewish History. The awards are distributed each year in 15 categories by the Jewish Book Council to promote the “reading, writing, and publishing of modern Jewish content in American literature.” These categories encompass a strong variety…

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Science of Judaism (Wissenschaft des Judentums)

Science of Judaism (Wissenschaft des Judentums) In 2011 the Center for Jewish History and the Leo Baeck Institute, one of its five partners, embarked on a project with Goethe University Frankfurt am Main to digitize nearly 1,000 books that went missing from the university library’s Judaica collection during the devastation of World War II. The goal of the project was to digitally recreate the Freimann Judaica Collection as it…

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A Graphic Novel set in Old New York: Read and Discuss it With Us on July 15th!

Ready, set, read! The 16th Street Book Club is open to all. On Tuesday, July 15th at 7pm at the Center, 15 West 16th Street in NYC), we’ll be discussing Liana Finck’s graphic novel A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York. Drawn from letters from the widely popular Forward advice column “A Bundle of Letters,” Finck illustrates an imaginative conversation with the “Yiddish ‘Dear…

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Free Events June 8-22: “Family History Today” at the Center for Jewish History

From June 8 to June 18, the Center for Jewish History is hosting a myriad of workshops and events for everyone interested in tracing their roots and capturing family memories. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. We also invite visitors to help us celebrate the newly renovated Ackman & Ziff Genealogy Institute, which provides limitless access to cutting-edge research…

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For Delicate Books, Safe and Snug Houses | Preservation Week 2014

We’re honoring National Preservation Week (April 26 through May 3) with a series of posts from our archival experts about the best way to take care of your precious artifacts at home. From April 29 to April 30, we’re also holding free events at the Center. Come by to learn more in person!  Above: A protective enclosure for a fragile book. by Felicity Corkill, Associate Conservator, Center…

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Defending Precious Artifacts from Mold and More | Preservation Week 2014

We’re honoring National Preservation Week (April 26 through May 3) with a series of posts from our archival experts about the best way to take care of your precious artifacts at home. From April 29 to April 30, we’re also holding free events at the Center. Come by to learn more in person!  Above: Parchment that’s cockled, or distorted, due to humidity. by Felicity Corkill, Associate…

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Mapping the Offenbach Archival Depot: A Collaborative Endeavorby Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Services Librarian, Special Collections, Center for Jewish History Click here to view a map that shows how books looted by the Nazis traveled across Europe. As a reference librarian at the Center for Jewish History, one of my favorite items to show when I am asked to teach and lecture is a…

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New at the Center for Jewish HistoryOpening Sunday, October 6, 2013 The David Berg Rare Book Room is a new state-of-the-art space presenting exhibitions and collections of rare books, first editions, illuminated manuscripts and letters dating back hundreds of years. It provides for the first time a shared exhibition space for the Center partners’ treasures. Visitors can virtually turn the pages of digitized volumes…

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