Jerusalem:
The Abramov Library

Open Today 8:15 AM–2:45 PM

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The S. Zalman and Ayala Abramov Library collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that support the academic programs of HUC-JIR’s Jerusalem campus, as well as the research needs of faculty and staff.

In Jerusalem, a city of many libraries with specialized holdings, the Abramov Library is making a unique contribution in a few areas, namely, the history of the Reform Movement and the American Jewish Experience. Other areas that are covered in some depth are Biblical Archaeology, Bible, Ancient Near East Studies, Hebrew Literature in English translation, and Studies of Israeli Society and Culture, especially as they relate to issues of Religion and State. The Library provides coverage in all other Judaic subjects, such as Talmud and Rabbinics, Midrashic Literature, Liturgy, Jewish Music, Jewish History, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Education, Hebrew Language, and Hebrew Literature.

Holidays

September 17: Closed for Rosh Hashana
September 24-25: Closed for Yom Yippur
October 1-5: Closed for Sukkot

Hours

Monday: 8:15 AM – 2:45 PM
Tuesday: 8:15 AM – 2:45 PM
Wednesday: 8:15 AM – 2:45 PM
Thursday: 8:15 AM – 2:45PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 8:15 AM – 2:45 PM

All times are in IST

HUC-JIR students, faculty, and staff. Visiting researchers may email Rabbi Tamar Duvdevani, librarian, to inquire about borrowing privileges.

Abramov Library
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
The Taube Family Campus
13 King David Street
Jerusalem 9410125, Israel

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Mission Statement

The Abramov Library collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that support the academic programs of The Taube Family Campus of HUC-JIR in Jerusalem, 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 that 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 for 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 HUC-JIR Library system 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.