Rare American Reform Liturgies Available on the HUC-JIR Website

Monday, July 2, 2007

The HUC-JIR Library has the world's largest collections of both antiquarian American Judaica and Reform liturgy. To increase access to our collection of rare and fragile American Reform Liturgies, the Library has begun to scan important works and post them on our website. 

The inaugural work is Minhag Amerika, compiled by Isaac Meyer Wise. We have posted the revised edition published in 1872 by the Bloch Publishing Company, Cincinnati. 

The next work will be the Union Prayerbook, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis in1892. Look for it and other forthcoming digital projects at www.huc.edu/libraries/exhibits

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