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July 31, 1970 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-31

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10--Friday, July 37, 1970

40 United States Libraries Listed Possessing Outstanding Jewish Collections

NEW YORK—At least 40 general
university libraries throughout the
United States have Jewish collec-
tions as a part of their total librar-
ies, according to a survey compiled
by the National Foundation for
Jewish Culture, it was announced
by Rabbi Daniel Jeremy Silver of
Cleveland, president of the foun-
dation. One of a series of surveys
on Jewish cultural resources under-
taken during the past year by the
foundation in connection with the
observance of the 10th anniversary
of its founding, the survey reports
that there are five types of Jewish
library collections in the United
States and Canada: public librar-
ies, university- , libraries, theological
seminaries, both Jewish and non-
Jewish, Jewish national agencies
and institutions and synagogue and
Jewish community centers.
The three major Jewish semin-
aries—Yeshiva University, Jewish
Theological Seminary of America
and Hebrew Union College- Jewish
Institute of Religion — as one
would expect have extensive col-
lections with an aggregate of well
over a half million volumes," ac-
cording to the survey.
The largest non-theological col-
lections, the survey reports, are
those of the New York Public

Is He the 'American'
Pilot Caught by UAR?

American-born Israeli pilot who

was captured by the Egyptians
when his plane was shot down
over the Suez Canal was Jeffrey
Peer (the Egyptians gave his name
as Isaac Peer), born in Columbus,

Library with 120,000 volumes,
Harvard University with 100,000
Dropsie College with 95,000, and
the University of California and
the Library of Congress with
80,000 each.
Discussing the Jewish library
collections in the United States,
the survey makes four recommen-

1—All present listings of Jewish li-
brary resources are either out-of-date
or incomplete and an in-depth survey
should be undertaken that should be
published and distributed.
2—Indices, bibliographies and master
lists should be compiled to make for
better utilization of library resources.
3—While the needs of scholars and
researchers are largely met by one or
another library, little effort is being
made to make Jewish literature avail-
able to the general public and this
area of activity should be expanded.
4—There is a lack of trained person-
nel and professionalization in the Jew-
ish library field and machinery should
be created to correct this situation. In
this respect, strengthening of the Asso-
ciation of Jewish Libraries to coordin-
ate the work in the field would aid in
the recruitment of personnel and the
development of the field.

The survey reports that the Jew-
ish Book Council of America has
given citations of recognition to
212 community center and syna-
gogue libraries, indicative of col-
lections of over a thousand vol-
umes, permanently housed and
staffed by a librarian.
The report pays tribute to such
specialized libraries as those of
the American Jewish Historical

Society (30,000 volumes dealing
with American Jewish History);
the Leo Baeck Institute (90,000
volumes on the literature and his-
tory of German speaking Europe);
the YIVO Institute (over 300,000
volumes in 15 languages specializ-
ing in Yiddish); the Zionist Arch-
ives and Library (45,000 books and
documents dealing with Palestine,
Israel and Zionism); the Jewish
Education Committee of New York
(a collection of 22,000 titles deal-
ing with all phases of Jewish edu-
cation); the Blaustein Library of
the American Jewish Committee
(specializing in books and docu-
ments dealing with anti-Semitism,
prejudice, civil rights, intergroup
relations, etc.).

collections); the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Reli-
gion Libraries (with more than 100
incunabula, a Jewish music collec-
tion of 3,000 manuscripts and a
famous Spinoza collection); the
College of Jewish Studies of Chi-
cago (with many rare first editions
from the 16th, 17th and 18th cen-
turies); The Hebrew Theological
College of Skokie, Illinois (with
many volumes on Rabbinic litera-
ture); the Dropsie University Li-
brary (which includes the person-
al libraries of Moses Aaron Drop-
sie and Dr. Cyrus Adler with many
incunabula and rare books).

Considerable incunabula and rare
books, the survey reports, are in-1
eluded in the collections of the
Jewish Theological Se m in a r y
(which includes 15,000 leaves frcm
the Cairo Geniza, 4,000 Hebrew
manuscripts of the Elkan Nathan
Adler collection and the Louis
Ginzberg Microfilm Memorial Li-
brary, which includes reproduc-
tions from the Hebrew collections
of the British Museum, the Cam-
bridge University Library, the
Vatican Library and others); the
Yeshiva University Library (with
41 incunabula and many private

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Pollution in our air, our waters

and streams. Crime. Antiquated

laws. GovernMent that moves so

slow, it creaks!

Are we moving fast enough in

Michigan? Paul Borock doesn't

think so!

People that turn the other cheek.

Say it can't happen here. Can't be

bothered. Haven't got time. Don't

know enough about the issues.

Pretend it isn't happening.


0., in 1943, and last issued a U.S.

passport in May 1969, sources here
said this week. According to these
sources, Peer "apparently acquir-
ed" Israeli nationality in 1961,
changed his first name to "Yis-
hack." and entered the Israeli
Army in that year. It was said that
Peer did not hold a U.S. passport
and would be considered an alien

if he sought to travel to the U.S.

Tartakower Resigns
as Israel Executive

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Prof. Aryeh ,
Tartakower, 73, resigned as chair-
man of the Israeli Executive of
the World Jewish Congress after
20 years in the post.

Prof. Tartakower, head of the
department of the sociology of the

Jews at the Hebrew University,
Jerusalem, and a noted author and
lecturer, was born in Russian Po-
land and emigrated to Israel in
He founded the Israel Associa-
tion for the United Nations in 1949
and served as its president until
In the 1920s he co-founded the
Zionist Labor Movement in Poland
and was chairman of the Labor
Zionist Party there.
He will continue to involve him-
self in the affairs of the WJC, with
which he has been associated for
more than 30 years.
The new chairman of the execu-
tive is Prof. Israel Levin, 46, of
Tel Aviv University.

You think
it can't happen.
It is!

It is. Paul Borock wants to do

something about it!

Laws were made to be changed.

Issues, meant to be looked at.

Talked about. Challenged!

They will be, if you cast your vote

on August 4, for Paul Borock, a

man that believes the past needn't

be a reflection of the future!

PAUL BOROCK • State Representative • Democrat -

District 67 • Vote for him on August 4.


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