The Cairo Geniza is the largest cache of Jewish manuscripts ever discovered. It comprises 400,000 fragments of books, letters, legal documents and other writings that have made the Jews of the medieval Arabic speaking world one of the best-documented premodern societies known to mankind.
Half the Geniza is in Cambridge, England, having been brought there by Solomon Schechter in 1897. The second largest collection, owned by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, is currently on loan in Princeton, and comprises 40,000 texts. They will return to JTS in summer 2019.
Session #1: From Trash to Treasure: The Cairo Geniza, Digital Technology, and the Jewish Studies Revolution
With Professor Elisha Russ-Fishbane of New York University
Lecture at The Jewish Center
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Session #2: Seeing the Fragments & Letters of Jewish History
With Professor Marina Rustow of Princeton University
Program at Princeton University’s Firestone Library
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm
OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
Jewish Center Members: $30 for both sessions or $18 for one session.
Non-Jewish Center Participants: $40 for both sessions or $25 for one session.
Sponsor: The Jewish Center Princeton