New Website Teaches Passover Through Historical Images

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

March 13, 2007, New York, NY

Just in time for Passover, a new website developed by The Jewish Theological Seminary and the Center for Online Jewish Studies provides fresh insight into the most celebrated ritual in Jewish life through some of the most important and beautiful Passover related images of all time.

"Passover Through History: A Teaching Site," includes approximately 100 images of ancient documents, traditional teachings, medieval illuminated Haggadahs, and modern artistic elaborations of the Passover and Exodus, all part of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary's world renowned Haggadah collection.

Highlights include images from a Cairo Genizah Haggadah (1000 CE), perhaps the oldest surviving Haggadah on earth; the Prato Haggadah (circa 1300), a very rare illuminated manuscript representing the Sephardic rite; and the Pessach Haggadah in Memory of the Holocaust (1985), a modern artistic commentary on the Holocaust and Passover, each seen through the lens of the other.

Intended for teachers and students of all levels from elementary school to adult learners, each image is accompanied by a brief description of its origin, content, scribe, press, and other essential information. The material can be accessed as a gallery of images, in historical order, or through guided questions, thereby maximizing its teaching potential.

The site is a collaborative project produced by The Library, the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Center for Online Jewish Studies. Photographed by renowned Israeli photographer Ardon Bar Hama, the project was made possible through the generous support of George Blumenthal.

Further information is available by contacting Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, at (212) 678 8075 or email.

Editors/Reporters: For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Kraemer, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678 8953 or email.

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