The Schocken Institute for Jewish Research of The Jewish Theological Seminary, a research institute dedicated to academic excellence and research in all branches of Jewish studies, is housed in Jerusalem at the Schocken Library, a historic landmark and architectural masterpiece.
In 1961, JTS became the custodian of the Schocken library and its unique collection of rare and beautiful manuscripts once owned by publishing magnate Salman Schocken; in 1977, JTS became its owner. The collection includes 60,000 volumes, among them several thousand first and early editions and incunabula (books printed before 1501).
Scope of Collections
Today, the Schocken Library specializes in rabbinic literature, Jewish liturgy, and medieval Hebrew poetry. Among the library's holdings are thousands of photo reproductions of genizah fragments of Jewish poetry and an extensive collection of books and manuscripts on Jewish mysticism and Hasidism, early Yiddish books, halakhic literature, and Karaite literature. The personal library of Dr. Saul Lieberman, known as the Strook/Lieberman Collection, is also housed in the Schocken Library.
The library's collections, indispensable resources for research, are open to the public and to scholars. Lectures and seminars arranged by the Schocken Institute are often accompanied by exhibitions of material from the collections.
Special Archive of Eastern European Rabbinic Correspondences
The Schocken Institute is also home of the Rabbi Moses Nahum Yerushalimsky archive. This collection consists of more than 25,000 archival items of announcements, petitions, invitations, and approbations from a leading late 19th-century rabbi, author, and communal leader of Polish and Russian Jewry. The archive contains a wealth of literary raw material on public issues, Jewish education, Jewish law and customs, and fascinating communal problems. With more than 6,000 letters and 4,000 postcards, the Yerushalimsky archive is now being scanned and cataloged for easy access.
The Institute for the Study of Medieval Liturgical Poetry, also located at the Schocken Institute, was established in 1930 and remains the first institute dedicated to researching medieval Hebrew poetry (piyyutim). The institute has published critical editions of piyyutim as well as the critical research of noted scholars
Over the past few years, the Schocken Institute has been engaged in several new and exciting projects:
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