Back gate of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fostat, Cairo, 1985
Jewish Studies Collections
The Jewish Studies collections in the Stanford University Libraries support research and instruction in all aspects of this interdisciplinary field, which include history, literature, linguistics, cultural studies, and contemporary social, political, and cultural developments in the U.S., Israel, and throughout the world.
Stanford's Jewish Studies collections comprise Hebraica and Judaica resources in many formats: print, archival, electronic, and audiovisual. "Hebraica" refers to materials in the Hebrew alphabet (in the Hebrew, Yiddish, or Ladino languages, for example), while "Judaica" encompasses materials on Jews and Judaism, written in any language. Our collections include particularly extensive coverage of Hebrew and Yiddish literature, Hebrew language and linguistics, and Jewish cultural, economic, political, social, and religious history.
The materials in this collection span the breadth of Jewish history. Core resources cover all relevant fields of the ancient and medieval periods: Biblical, Rabbinic, and medieval treatises; commentaries, and exegesis. Eighteenth- to twentieth-century collections focus on religious, social, economic, and cultural aspects of Jewish life, including political and social emancipation of Jews in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as the emergence of Zionism and the founding of the State of Israel.