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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Judah Loew ben Bezalel

On September 7, 2009, the Jewish world commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Judah Loew ben Bezalel, commonly known as Maharal. This webpage highlights some of the holdings of the the HUC library system as well as some other online resourses.

Art and Architecture

Since Biblical times, Jews have been involved in hiddur mitzvah, enhancing or beautifying a commandment. The HUC library holds many books that show how Jews have created and used art throughout the ages for both sacred and secular purposes. This webpage explains how the books are arranged on the shelves.

Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations

This mid-19th century hymnal is the latest addition to the Library's Early American Reform Jewish prayerbook digitization project. Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations 3rd ed., rev. and corrected Charleston, SC. Published by Congregation Beth Elohim, 5627 [1867]

See our other online prayerbooks at

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.