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Last Updated: 17-Mar-2015

Jewish Studies Resources at Stanford: Judaica and Hebraica Collections


Subject Librarians

Zachary Baker, in the outdoor passageway between Green Library and the School of Education.
Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development - Humanities and Social Sciences, Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections
(650) 725-1054
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Assistant Curator, Judaica & Hebraica Collections , Interim Bibliographer, Linguistics
(650) 736-1306


The Judaica and Hebraica Collections in the Stanford University Libraries support research and instruction in all aspects of Jewish Studies:  history; literature; linguistics; cultural studies; and contemporary social, political and cultural developments in the United States, Israel and throughout the world.

Hebraica refers to materials in the Hebrew alphabet (in the Hebrew, Yiddish or Ladino languages, for example), while Judaica encompasses materials on Jews and Judaism, written in other languages. The Judaica and Hebraica collections at Stanford include particularly extensive coverage of the following areas:

  • Hebrew and Yiddish literature,

  • Hebrew language and linguistics,

  • Jewish cultural, economic, political, social, religious history and material culture.

Chronological Periods:

Ancient and Medieval: Core resources in all relevant fields: Biblical, Rabbinic, and medieval treatises, commentaries, and exegesis.

Eighteenth to twenty-first century collections focus on religious, social, economic, and cultural aspects of Jewish life; political and social emancipation of Jews in Western and Eastern Europe; and the emergence of Zionism and the founding of the State of Israel.

Jewish Studies databases

Encyclopedias; dictionaries; periodicals; and more.

  1. The JDC Archives houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organ...

  2. SICSA, the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism ; the Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism. 1990s

    The Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism comprises an online database accessible through Israel's university library network...

  3. The ATLA Religion Database is a comprehensive database designed to support religious and theological scholarship in graduate education an...

  4. A bibliography of all printed Hebrew language books before 1960, as well as works in other languages.

Hebrew language

Selected resources for Hebrew learners

[Tel Aviv, Israel] : Melingo
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
A comprehensive Hebrew-English/English-Hebrew dictionary that covers all strata of the Hebrew language, from Biblical to current Israeli slang. Includes linguistic tools that can find and retrieve any of Hebrew's 70 million inflected forms, in addition to other grammatical functions.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Green Library » Stacks » PJ4567.3 .C63 2005
3rd ed. New York : Routledge, 2005.
Green Library » Stacks » PJ4567.3 .G58 2005

Hebrew fiction

The Stanford University Libraries acquire virtually all of the Hebrew fiction published in Israel.  Here's a list of titles received during the past year.

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Israeli cinema

Most patrons can check out 3 items at a time, for 3 days each. 

  1. a film by Ronit + Shlomi Elkabetz. 2015

  2. סרטו של יאיר קדר; בימוי והפקה, יאיר קדר; תסריט, יאיר קדר.. 2015

  3. שירות הסרטים הישראלי ; יוצר העברים ומפיק ראשי, יאיר קדר ; הפקה, מיכל וייץ, גילי נדב ; תסריט ובימוי, רפאל בלולו = A song of loves : R. David Buzaglo / Israeli Film Service ; procurer [sic] Yair Qedar ; production, Michal Weits, Gili Nadav ; director, script, Rafael Balulu. 2015

  4. Graphic Pictures in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada ; a film by Elle Flanders ; producer, Elle Flanders ; producer for the National Film Board, Peter Starr. 2015

  5. producers, Eilon Ratzkovsky ... [et al.] ; produced by July August Productions in co-production with Haut et Court ; written and directed by Talya Lavie. 2015

  6. écrit et réalisé par Amos Gitai ; production, Hamon Productions ; en collaboration avec Education Television (IETV). 2014

Rare books and manuscripts: Collections of note

The Taube-Baron Collection of Jewish History and Culture

The Taube-Baron Collection is the cornerstone of the Stanford University Libraries’ Jewish Studies holdings. Comprising 20,000 volumes from the personal library of Professor Salo Wittmayer Baron (1895-1989) of Columbia University, the collection was purchased in December 1985. In 1990, shortly after Prof. Baron’s death, the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation donated his extensive personal papers to Stanford (M0580). Salo Baron was the author, among other things, of the 18-volume Social and Religious History of the Jews. He held the first Jewish History chair established in a major American university (1930-1963). His library includes Hebrew editions of the Bible dating from the 15th century, rare volumes of Jewish literature and history from Eastern Europe and around the world, works on Jewish Americana, Jewish anthropology and sociology, and thousands of pamphlets and journals. It also includes Baron's own publications. Approximately 1,000 printed volumes and manuscripts in the Taube-Baron Collection are housed in Special Collections together with other rare books; the rest of the books belong to the circulating collections of the Stanford University Libraries.

The Baron collection was acquired with the generous support of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Marin and Sonoma Counties, and the family of Tad Taube.

To find online records for these items in SearchWorks, use the keywords “Taube Baron.”

The Samson / Copenhagen Judaica Collection

The Samson / Copenhagen Collection includes close to 2,000 works printed in over 115 locations from 1517 to 1939. The books in the Samson Collection belonged to the Jewish Community of Copenhagen, Denmark, until the early 1980s, when they were purchased by Herman R. Samson, a native of Copenhagen. The collection was acquired by Stanford in 2003, with a lead grant from the Koret Foundation and funding assistance from the Jewish Community Endowment Fund and private donors.

Books in the Samson / Copenhagen Collection cover a wide range of topics, including Bible and Talmud texts and commentaries, Jewish law and ritual, Jewish liturgy, rabbinical responsa, treatises on Jewish law (halakhah), scientific works in Hebrew, kabbalah, apologetics, bibliography, the sciences, ephemeral publications relating to the Jewish communities of Denmark and other Northern European countries, and even poetry. About half of the books were printed before 1800 in places as far flung as Amsterdam and Calcutta. Enhancing their value for research, many of the volumes contain handwritten, marginal notations by rabbis and other scholars. The collection also contains a small number of manuscripts documenting religious life in Denmark’s small but influential Jewish community.

To find online records for these items in SearchWorks, use the keywords “Samson Copenhagen."

Special Collections » Manuscript Collection » M1455
Wedding and Bar Mitzvah invitations, holiday greeting cards, commemorative religious objects, posters, calendars, files of memorabilia and documents. Accession 2005-369 includes photograph albums, advertisement leaflets, magazines, posters, passports, and ephemera. Accession 2006-114 contains photocopies of papers relating to Hopital National Israelite Or-Ahaim. Accession 2006-116: "Yarinin vizyonu projesi, " 2005. Accession 2006-123: Limmud Kultur Festivali. Accession 2006-124: Kirim Karai Turkleri : typed reprint of Turk Yili, 1928, 24 p.. Cartons 10, 11, 12, and 15 contain correspondence, documents, and photographs belonging to members of the Gershon family. Sisters Germaine Gershon and Marcelle Schindler, along with their brother Rene Gershon, were part owners of the Camondo Han, a landmark apartment building in the predominantly Jewish Galata neighborhood of Istanbul. Many of the documents relate to this rental property. Of particular interest are documents and correspondence from the period during and directly after the Second World War. There are multiple documents asserting that Marcelle Schindler, her husband, and Germaine Gershon were Christian, and that Rene Gershon was Muslim. Rene Gershon spent the war years in Paris and was arrested by the Germans just three weeks before the liberation of France. Germaine Gershon's correspondence from the period 1944-1948 documents her efforts to locate her brother. Rene Gershon was not heard from after being sent to the Drancy concentration camp; he apparently perished in Bergen Belsen.
Primarily research notes and interviews made in conjunction with the book project, TRIUMPH OVER TYPRANNY; THE HEROIC CAMPAIGNS THAT SAVED 2,000,000 SOVIET JEWS. Included are files relating to the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews, mid-1980s and later.
Special Collections » Manuscript Collection » M0580
The professional papers of the twentieth century's preeminent scholar of Jewish History.
Special Collections » Manuscript Collection » M0732
A collection formed by the efforts of Gella Schweid Fishman with support from The Friends of the Secular Yiddish Schools in North America (SYSNA). Materials include curricula, newsletters, instruction books, song books, school board minutes, photographs, newsclippings, memoirs, ephemera and correspondence. Accession 2011-166 (8.5 manuscript boxes) contains correspondence about the collection.
Special Collections » Manuscript Collection » MSS PHOTO 440
Ira Nowinski is an American photographer of Polish and Hungarian Jewish descent. Born ca. 1942 and raised in New York, he was the first person in his family born in the United States. At the age of 42, he was prodded by opera singer Regina Resnick to do a photo essay around the Jewish milieu. He had previously done photo essays of the North Beach, San Francisco, area, of the evacuation of elderly citizens from hotels in the South of Market area of San Francisco, and of the Southeast Asian Community in the same city. In addition, he had been the staff photographer of the San Francisco Opera since 1978. Working first with Resnick and then with Seymour Fromer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum, Rhonda Abrams of the Anti-Defamation League, Anita Friedman of Jewish Family & Children's Services, and the Northern California Board of Rabbis, Nowinski began documenting the Jewish experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of his first projects was to document Soviet Jews who had immigrated during the 1970's and 1980's. He also photographed the Karaite Jewish Community in Foster City. The Karaites were a Jewish community that had lived for nearly 500 years in Egypt. The Arab-Israeli war resulted in the expulsion of the Jews from Egypt at the conclusion of that conflict. Many subsequently immigrated first to Israel and then to Northern California. Nowinski retraced their migration route in reverse, first photographing Karaites in Foster City, California, then in Israel, and finally in Egypt. Nowinski and Sybil Milton of the U.S. Holocaust Museum did a joint work on the Holocaust Memorials throughout Europe, Israel, and in the United States. This work, entitled "In fitting memory : the art and politics of Holocaust memorials" combined text provided by Milton with Nowinski's photographic essay of the monuments documenting the millions of Jews who lost their lives under the Nazi regime.
Special Collections » Manuscript Collection » M0939
The collection documents non-traditional Jewish life in the Bay Area, especially newsletters and announcements from various organizations. There are also liturgical creations around life-cycle events. For example, there are AIDS memorial ceremonies, adult bar-mitzvot, gay and lesbian ceremonies and celebrations. There are also three folders from Susie Kisber who collected gay and lesbian material from a wider geographical sphere. Some related material is cataloged separately and may be found by searching subject words "Jewish life in the San Francisco Bay Area."
Special Collections » Manuscript Collection » M1576
Most of the documents relate to Haim Perl, one of the founders of Bene Berak, and the rest to his son, Eliezer Perl, who was the Council Secretary of Bene Berak in the 1940s. His great-grandson, the late journalist, Daniel Pearl, was a graduate of Stanford University. Bnei Brak was founded as an agricultural settlement in 1924 by Rabbi Yitzchok Gerstenkorn and a group of Polish Hasidim. Due to a lack of land many of its founders turned to other occupations and the village began to develop an urban character. It gained official recognition in 1950. In 2006 the city had a population of about 147,100 residents, the majority of whom are Haredi Jews. It now has the largest population density of any city in Israel, with 20,076 inhabitants per square kilometer. Documents regarding land acquisition, financial affairs of the House and Landowners Society during Mr. Perl's presidency, political meetings, member lists, election platform drafts and several parties' campaign placards (probably from 1939), disassembly documents of "Bayit ve-Nachala" society (around 1945), some newspaper issues and brochures regarding Bene Berak affairs, invoices, receipts, share certificates, loan and mortgage papers, debt doumentations, financial contracts and rental agreements.
Special Collections » Manuscript Collection » M1479 BOX 3
Eisig Silberschlag was born in 1903 in the city of Stryy, located in what is now Ukraine. In 1925 he received a doctorate from the University of Vienna, and, over the course of his long career, was considered an authority in the field of Hebrew literary criticism. Silberschlag was an accomplished poet who translated Aristophanes and Menander from Greek into Hebrew. In 1944 he joined the faculty of Hebrew College of Boston and was named dean in 1947. In the late 1960s, his title was changed to president. In 1951, Silberschlag won the Tschernichowsky Prize of the Municipality of Tel Aviv for his translations of the comedies of Aristophanes. He also received the Florence Kovner Memorial Award in 1971 for a book of poems, LETTERS TO OTHER GENERATIONS. After his retirement from Hebrew College in 1970, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he was appointed professor of Judaic studies at the University of Texas. He died in Austin in 1988.


Reference works

Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984-
Green Library » Stacks » BM155.2 .C35 V.1
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
Green Library » Lane Reading Room: Reference » DS135 .L4 E53 2010 V.1
Brookline, MA : Jewish Women's Archive,
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Yerushalayim : ha-Makhon le-ḥeḳer ha-Talmud ʻa. sh. Shaʼul Liberman shel Bet ha-midrash le-rabanim be-Ameriḳa, [2006-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » eResource
This database consists of an extraordinary collection of virtually all original documents of the Babylonian Talmud. Such documents include all full surviving manuscripts of Oriental, Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Yemenite provenance; hundreds of complete manuscripts and first printed editions of the Babylonian Talmud; and more than a thousand fragments from the Cairo and European archives. Many of these documents are available both as texts and digital images.


  1. Annie Bellaïche-Cohen. 2015

  2. compuesto por Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra ; versión aljamiada por Pilar Romeu Ferré, según la primera edición de Madrid de Juan de la Cuesta (1605). 2015

  3. edited by Bryan Kirschen. 2015

  4. Roz Kohen. 2015

  5. Petri Thomae ; edited by Garrett R. Smith. 2015