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How can I receive a copy of the newsletter?

Send your name and postal address to the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR, England; or by email to: genizah@lib.cam.ac.uk and we will place you on the mailing list. Alternatively, you may like to receive an electronic copy emailed as a .pdf, in which case please state this in an email to us. There is no charge for this service.

 

How can I help the Unit in its work?

The Genizah Research Unit relies upon external funding for most of its work of description, conservation, education and digitisation. We are grateful for any financial support that enables us to continue with our many projects. If you would like to make a donation to our work follow this link!

or please contact:

Dr Ben Outhwaite
Genizah Research Unit
Cambridge University Library
West Road, Cambridge
CB3 9DR
England
UK

Tel: (00-44-1223) 333129 (Genizah Research Unit office)
and (00-44-1223) 333000 (University Library switchboard)
Fax: (00-44-1223) 333160

Email: genizah@lib.cam.ac.uk

In the USA, ‘Cambridge in America’ supports the Taylor-Schechter Collection with its unfunded grant number 7/78. If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact the Director of the Annual Appeal at: Cambridge in America, 292 Madison Ave, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA, Phone: (212) 984-0960, Fax: (212) 984-0970, E-mail: mail@cantab.org, Website: www.cantab.org.

Cambridge in America is the alumni, development, and communications centre for the American constituents of Cambridge University (UK) and its member Colleges. Cambridge in America is recognized by the IRS as a charitable organization and contributions are legally deductible for United States income tax purposes. They are similarly deductible in Canada even if made directly to Cambridge.

 

I wish to study items from the Genizah, how can I gain access to the Collection?

If you are a scholar or research student from another university you will need to apply for a Library reader's card with permission to access the Library's Special Collections, which include the Genizah Collections.

You can apply for a reader's card online or in person, though you should contact the Reader Services department before your visit to make an appointment. Once you have your card you can go to the Manuscripts Reading Room and order the Genizah manuscripts you wish to consult.

Information about who can use the Library, what forms of ID you will need to provide when joining and how to access the Special Collections can all be found at this link.

 

How can I visit the Collection?

The Genizah Unit is a research unit and lacks the staff and space to provide a permanent display of manuscripts. By prior arrangement only, we can host a 2 hour visit for organised groups that will provide an introduction to the Collection and a viewing of selected Genizah manuscripts.

Charges

1–20 people: £200

21–45 people: £400

If your group is from an institute of education (such as a school or university) your visit will be free of charge.

If you are a Friend of the Genizah at the ‘Manuscript Level’ you may arrange to bring a group of up to 10 people (you and 9 others) for a private viewing of Genizah manuscripts.

To discuss making a visit, please contact the Unit’s secretary, Mrs Sarah Sykes, tel: (01223) 333129; email:genizah@lib.cam.ac.uk

 

Is there a good general book about the Collection and its history?

There are a great many books about the Genizah and its manuscripts, but for those who are new to the subject or who are seeking a general, but thorough, overview of the Collection and its history, we would recommend the following three titles, each of whose strengths and weaknesses complements the others nicely:

M. Glickman, Sacred treasure — the Cairo Genizah: the amazing discoveries of forgotten Jewish history in an Egyptian synagogue attic (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010), assumes no prior knowledge and is bang up to date.

A. Hoffman and P. Cole, Sacred Trash: the Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (Nextbook/Schocken, 2011), is described by Harold Bloom as ‘a small masterpiece’ and will enlighten even seasoned experts on the Collection.

S. C. Reif, A Jewish Archive from Old Cairo: the history of Cambridge University's Genizah Collection (Richmond, Surrey : Curzon Press, 2000), is written by the founding director of the Genizah Research Unit and has an excellent bibliography.

 

How do I obtain permission to publish an image of a Cambridge University Library Genizah manuscript?

In order to buy an image, please apply here and in order to obtain permission to publish an image, please apply here.

 

Can I use an image from the website in a PowerPoint presentation?

Permission is not required to use an image in a PowerPoint presentation for teaching purposes or lecture handouts provided that it is correctly credited as Reproduced by kind permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and that the material is not subsequently distributed either in print or electronically. For permission to reproduce items in print and/or to obtain higher-resolution images, please contact the Digital Content Unit.

 

How can I borrow a manuscript for an exhibition?

Please see the Special Collections document The loan of items to external exhibitions: policy and guidelines for details of how to apply for an exhibition loan.

 

Where is the University Library?

The address of the Library is Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR. [Map]