Jewish Studies at Berkeley is notable for both its chronological and disciplinary scope. Fields range from Hebrew Bible and Talmud and Midrash through medieval Jewish history to modern Jewish history, modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature and modern Jewish thought. Graduate training in various fields of Jewish Studies is conducted in the Departments of History, Comparative Literature, Near Eastern Studies, and in the Joint Doctoral Program with the Graduate Theological Union.
The UC Berkeley Judaica collection supports the research and instructional activities of faculty and students in a number of interdisciplinary fields, as well as the joint Ph.D. program in Judaic Studies with the Graduate Theological Union. The relevant fields include Near Eastern languages and literature; Talmudic studies, including the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds and subsequent texts and commentaries; rabbinic, medieval, and modern Jewish history throughout the world; modern Jewish thought; and comparative literature, including works in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, and other languages.
The Library welcomes gifts in all forms. Many private donors have made contributions toward the acquisition of research materials for the use of Berkeley faculty and students. This support is very important in sustaining the excellence of our collections and services.
The following types of gifts may be considered:
Memorial and Honorific Gifts
Contributions given in memory or in honor of a person are welcomed. Commemorative gifts are welcome to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other significant events.
Endowment funds may be established with a gift of $50,000 or more. These funds provide the library with an annual income in perpetuity and have a lasting impact on maintaining world class collections. The University invests its endowments carefully to achieve a healthy rate of return that provides for both current needs and long-term growth. If desired, a special book plate can be created and placed in each book.
Cash Gifts for Book Purchases
Contributions of any amount are welcomed and can be made directly to the Library using the online form. In the special instructions or designations for this gift section, you may specify a particular collection.
Gifts of scholarly materials and the results of research have historically represented a significant element in the development of Berkeley's outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts, but due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Donations of recently published books are welcomed. New book purchases will be checked to ensure titles aren’t already on order.
Please contact Frank Carothers to discuss your donation of books.
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Contains more than 50,045 Judaic books, scanned page after page in their original format. UCB access only
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Jastrow – Dictionary of Targumim, Talmudim and Midrashic Literature
An essential tool for the study of Rabbinic literature
Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Abbreviations in 24 categories from classical and contemporary sources
Otsar Rashe Tevot
Over 16,000 abbreviations from Judaic sources and commentaries
Links to Resources for the study of Hebrew Language and Literature
The National Library of Israel (formerly The Jewish National and University Library/JNUL)
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