The National Library of Israel: Curating the past, creating the future

by | Nov 6, 2018 | What’s Happening

Leon Family Gallery | Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus

November and December

While continuing to serve as Israel’s pre-eminent research library, The National Library of Israel embarked on an ambitious journey to expand access to its treasures.

NLI holds the largest collection of written Judaica ever amassed, significant handwritten works by luminaries such as Maimonides and Sir Isaac Newton, exquisite Islamic manuscripts dating to the ninth century, and archival collections of leading cultural and intellectual figures including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, Natan Sharansky, and Naomi Shemer. The National Library also holds the world’s largest collection of maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, as well as the largest collection of Jewish and Israeli music.

This exhibition, developed in partnership with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, presents highlights from the library’s world-class collections, which encompass manuscripts, books, posters, maps, music, photographs, communal and personal archival materials, and more.

For more information on this and other upcoming exhibits in the Leon Family Gallery, contact Callah Terkeltaub, Arts + Ideas Manager at