Mission Statement - Abramov, Jerusalem

Mission Statement

The Abramov Library collects, preserves, and provides access to materials which support the academic programs of the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR, its faculty, and the research staff of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology.

Jerusalem is a city of many libraries with specialized holdings. The Abramov Library makes a unique contribution with its strength in a few collection areas, such as the American Jewish experience; the history of the Reform Movement from its inception through its development in the United States and Israel; and Israeli Society and Culture, especially as they relate to issues of religion.

Other areas which are covered in some depth are archaeology, Bible, Ancient Near East, Jewish philosophy strengthened by the Spinoza Collection, and Hebrew literature in English translation. The library provides basic coverage in most Judaic subjects such as Talmud, Midrashic literature, liturgy, Jewish music, Jewish history and Hebrew language and literature. The Library also functions as a branch in Israel of both the American Jewish Periodical Center and the American Jewish Archives.

The Abramov Library welcomes the use of its facilities and materials by members and staff of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the World Union of Progressive Judaism, by the Israeli academic community, by the general public, and by academic and other visitors from abroad.

Library System

The mission of the Library system of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is to collect, preserve and provide access to the record of Jewish thought and experience throughout the ages and to related fields and disciplines. The Library system has a responsibility to support the teaching and research functions of the College-Institute and a special goal to document Reform (Progressive/Liberal) Judaism. Operating through the four campus libraries, the aim is to optimize total resources with a minimum of unnecessary duplication.