Library Events

Join us for one of our upcoming library events.

A Hare-Raising Tail: The Story of the Manuscript Haggadot (in-person event)

haggadot Tour

Monday, April 3 at 11:00am ET
Jordan Finkin, Ph.D.

Join Jordan Finkin, Rare Manuscript Librarian at the Klau Library, for a Haggadah “Show & Tell” featuring rare manuscripts from the collection. Enjoy this informal talk where participants will get to see these items up close and personal – have your camera phones ready! This event is in-person only, on our Cincinnati campus, and space is limited.

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“Tzafun: The Behind the Scenes Work of Repairing the 1526 Prague Haggadah” (online event)

Monday, April 10 at 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT / 6:00 pm Israel
Ashleigh N. Ferguson Schieszer, CHPL Conservator

To celebrate the upcoming festival of Passover, we invite you to join with Ashleigh N. Ferguson Schieszer, as she describes the intricate process required to restore one of the earliest printed illustrated Haggadot in the rare book collection of the Klau Library. In this session, Ashleigh will discuss how she met the challenges facing her with this amazing historical work to reverse earlier poorly-done repairs. These treatments were conducted over several years, and included preservation of handwritten songs later added to the Klau’s copy. This project was funded by the generous donations of Dr. Valerie Hotchkiss and Dr. David Price.

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The Histories of the Hebrew Language and its Script (hybrid event)

Wednesday, May 10 at 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT / 8:00 pm Israel
Stephen Kaufman, Ph.D.

There is no single Hebrew language. There are no less than seven of them. In this talk Dr. Kaufman will address the major periods of the Hebrew language and the writing systems associated with them. Dr. Kaufman is Professor Emeritus of Bible and Cognate Literature at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. He was educated at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Yale University, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His specialties include Ancient Semitic languages, Biblical studies, and academic computing.

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