Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

The Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies holds approximately 200,000 volumes, including 32 (17 Hebrew and 15 Latin) incunabula and over 8,000 rare printed works, mainly in Hebrew, English, German, French, Yiddish, Arabic, Latin, and Ladino. The rare Hebrew editions offer specimens from a variety of Hebrew printing houses around the world; particularly strong are holdings of early modern rare books printed on the Italian peninsula, including nearly 20 percent of all Venetian Hebrew imprints. The LKCAJS special collections of non-print materials include more than 500 manuscript codices written in eleven different alphabets as well as in twenty-four different languages and dialects as varied as Armenian, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Syriac, Yiddish and Telugu, a collection of ancient cuneiform tablets and artifacts dating from ca. 2,500 BCE and more than 600 medieval manuscript fragments from the Cairo Genizah. Significantly, the LKCAJS is also home to one of the most important collections of early American Judaica in the the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica and the historic Dropsie College collections.

CAJS Rare Ms. 382, Maḥazor minhag Ashkenaz le-Yamim ha-noraʼim ule-Sukot Illuminated initial word (kol) at the opening of the Kol Nidre (all vows) prayer for Yom Kippur, Folio 50, recto Rhineland, 13-14th centuries


Library at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3703