Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean, HUC-JIR/New York, and Dr. David Gilner, Director of Libraries, are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Yoram Bitton to the position of Librarian, Klau Library, New York, commencing on July 25, 2011.
Mr. Bitton is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with degree in Talmud and Jewish History and a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College.
Mr. Bitton has held various library and faculty positions in the New York City area. He is currently Hebrew Manuscript Project Cataloger at Columbia University and previously served as the Hebrew Cataloguer at Touro College. He has served on the faculty at the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. Prior to his work in the U.S., Mr. Bitton worked at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a research assistant and instructor.
The Klau Library in New York is part of HUC-JIR's library network, which is recognized as the second largest Jewish library in the world. This library network also includes the Klau Library in Cincinnati, Frances-Henry Library in Los Angeles, and the Abramov Library in Jerusalem, and preserves approximately 750,000 volumes, including rare illuminated manuscripts, biblical codices, communal records, legal documents, and scientific tracts dating back to the 10th century. The Klau Library in New York holds over 130,000 volumes and is especially rich in Hebrew literature, Jewish history and thought, rabbinics, and Jewish music. Its collection includes sound recordings, sheet music, and microfilms in the Cantor Walter Davidson Music Resource Center, which is a significant resource for the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music's students, faculty, and other researchers. Through a cooperative relationship with New York University, students at HUC-JIR and NYU have reciprocal access at both institutions's libraries.