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Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Annual Report
A Klau Library for the 21st Century
incinnati leaders joined faculty, students, adminis-
tration, and members of the Boards of Governors
and Overseers of the College-Institute at the ground-
breaking for the $12 million renovation of the Klau
Library on Monday, September 24, 2007.
In welcoming the community, Rabbi David Ellenson
stated, “The Klau Library resides at the very heart of
our enterprise and offers tangible testimony to the
absolute commitment we have as a liberal Jewish
institution of higher learning to the enterprise of aca-
demic study. At HUC-JIR, we recognize that our
approach to the Jewish religion would not be possible
without the foundation that this library provides,
and cherish and champion the belief that academic
learning –
can and does make a deci-
sive difference in how we view our evolving religious
tradition and the enduring values that inform our
understanding of Judaism.”
Councilmember Roxanne Qualls, City of Cincinnati,
brought greetings and expressed gratitude to the College-
Institute and Klau Library for their educational and
cultural enhancement of the city. The Honorable
Tyrone K. Yates, Ohio House of Representatives, 33rd
District, provided a declaration from the Ohio House
of Representatives congratulating the College-Institute
on the Klau Library, noting that “libraries are the
repositories of our nation’s intellectual endeavors”
and are “vital to the preservation of our country’s
heritage, principles, and ideals.”
Phyllis Sewell, President of The Jewish Foundation
of Cincinnati, which donated the lead institutional
gift of $6.5 million to the College-Institute, expressed
the Foundation's pride in the Klau Library and lauded
HUC-JIR's commitment to ensure that its treasures
be preserved and made accessible for posterity. Sandy
Cardin, Executive Director of the Charles and Lynn
Schusterman Foundation, noted that the Klau Library
is a national treasure and a precious resource to schol-
ars, researchers, and students from around the world.
In his keynote address, Dr. Frank Turner, Director
of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at
Yale University, said “This library contains books and
manuscripts that exist in some cases nowhere else on
the American continent and in others no place else
in the world. When one contemplates the history and
suffering as well as the spiritual majesty and courage of
the Jewish people and the Jewish faith, the manu-
scripts and books of this library function as witnesses
of those experiences and as vehicles for bringing that
experience alive to this and future generations.”
With 465,000 volumes, the Library has the largest
collection of printed Judaica in North America and is
second only in size to that of the Jewish National and
University Library in Jerusalem, Israel. This renova-
tion and construction of a new Pavilion entry will
transform the Klau
Library into an unparal-
leled, international center
for research, teaching,
and learning for scholars
worldwide and enhance
the intellectual and cul-
tural life of the greater
Cincinnati region.
In his invocation, Dr.
Richard S. Sarason,
Lucille “Twink” and Dr.
Charles Carothers, with
photographs of her
parents, Sadie and David
Klau, z"l, founders of
the Klau Libraries in
Cincinnati and New York.
Donors to HUC-JIR at
the groundbreaking for
the Klau Library.