Historical Texts in Context

Ancient inspiration for modern life

At JTS you have access to the greatest collection of Judaica outside of Israel. The wisdom and artistry of thousands of years have been collected in one of the world’s most extensive libraries for all of JTS, the entire Jewish community, and the world to explore.

The education at JTS centers on the critical study of texts read in their original languages and on the lived experience of Jews and Jewish communities over time. We explore and learn from these texts and communities, and they become the wellspring of progress: new ideas, new organizations, and new projects.

Thinking critically about tradition empowers us to change our communities, our country, and our world for the better.

  • 43,000 fragments from the Cairo Genizah
  • 11,000 Hebrew manuscripts
  • 25,000 rare books
  • 400 archival collections