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Starts: 11/24/08 12:00 AM
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November 24, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; massella@gwu.edu

"HEBREW PRINTING IN UKRAINE" ON DISPLAY AT GW GELMAN LIBRARY'S I. EDWARD KIEV JUDAICA COLLECTION THROUGH MAY 2009

EVENT: 

The Gelman Library's Special Collections Research Center hosts "Hebrew Printing in Ukraine," an exhibition of rare books from the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection.

WHEN:   

Now through May 2009.  During Gelman Library operating hours.  For hours of operation, visit http://www.gwu.edu/gelman/library/hours/fallgelman.html.

WHERE:  

The George Washington University
The Gelman Library
Seventh floor hallway outside the I. Edward Kiev Reading Room
2130 H St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom - GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)

COST:  

This event is free and open to the public.  A GWorld card or photo identification is required to enter Gelman Library.  Media wishing to attend should contact Nick Massella at (202) 994-3087 or massella@gwu.edu

BACKGROUND:

Ukraine, a historic center of Jewish civilization, also was a center for the development of the printing of Jewish books.  A selection of books in the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection offers a typographic panorama of every region of this cultural crossroads of Eastern Europe.  Among the displays are ancient, medieval, and modern texts in languages using Hebrew characters (Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic, and Karaite Tatar), printed over centuries in territories which came under Polish, Russian, Austrian, Romanian, Czechoslovak, Hungarian, Ottoman, and Soviet rule.

Part of the Special Collections Research Center at The George Washington University, the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, dedicated in 1998, was established through the donation of the large personal library of I. Edward Kiev, one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century.  Together with books in western languages, German-Jewish graphic art, important American-Jewish archives, and extensive bibliographic literature in which Kiev was expert, the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection holds examples of Hebrew history from around the world, printed over the course of five centuries.

For more information about the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, visit http://www.gelman.gwu.edu/collections/SCRC/collecting-areas/judaica.

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