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Hezi Amiur​, Curator of the Israel Collection at the National Library of Israel, graduated cum laude from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1999. Dr. Amiur received his MA in 2002 and his Ph.D. in 2011 in modern Jewish history at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The title of the dissertation was: "The Origins of the Mixed Farm and Its Role in Zionist Settlement".

  

Hadassah Assouline was born in New York. She holds a BA in History from Brooklyn College and an MA in Jewish History from the Hebrew University. She holds a degree in archival sciences from the Hebrew University. Hadassah joined the staff of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in 1967, and has served as Director since 1993.

  

Dudi Ben Naim was born in Paris in 1968, the son of librarians and the grandson of rare book sellers. Dudi holds a BA in the Land of Israel Studies and in Information Science from Bar Ilan University in 1994 and an MA in Law, also, at Bar-Ilan in 2010. Ben Naim is a librarian in the Jewish Studies Library at Bar-Ilan from 1994 and is responsible for acquisitions and collections as of 2001. Since 2003, he is the curator of the Rare Book and Manuscript division of the University.

  

Haggai Ben-Shammai is a Professor emeritus of Arabic, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Director of the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East (1996-2003). Co-Director of the Joint Jewish Studies Program of the State University of St. Petersburg and the Hebrew University (2000-2006). He was fellow and visiting professor at the universities of Harvard, University College (London), Yeshiva, Penn (Philadelphia). Currently: Academic Director, the National Library of Israel (Since Oct. 2009) Academic Co-Director of Friedberg Genizah Project (since 2005). President, International Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies (since 1997). Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge (since 1995). Main areas of interest: Judaeo-Arabic and Islamic Philosophy; Judeo-Arabic Bible exegesis; Medieval history of Jewish communities in the East; Qur'an and Qur'an exegesis. Edited and co-edited 14 books; published numerous articles in scholarly periodicals and other publications.

  

David Blumberg is the Chairman of the Board of the National Library of Israel. He received a BA in Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Mr. Blumberg has had a long career in the banking industry, including as the CEO of Mizrahi Bank (the fourth largest Israeli banking group) and of Tefahot Bank which was, at the time, Israel’s largest mortgage bank. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Jerusalem. Blumberg was a senior advisor to foreign banks in Israel, among them the ANZ bank (Australia) and Euro Hypo (Germany). He has served as an arbiter in some of Israel’s largest labour disputes. Mr. Blumberg is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Banking Affairs of the Bank of Israel. Highly active in philanthropic, educational and communal affairs, Mr. Blumberg is the Chairman of the Adi Foundation, a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Hebrew University and of the Open University, and a member of the Management Committee of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.

  

George S. Blumenthal, President and CEO of the Center for Online Judaic Studies, Inc., was one of the first to realize the potential to revolutionize the world of archiving rare documents through digital photography in place of scanning technologies. In the fall of 2002, Mr. Blumenthal met photographer Ardon Bar Hama, the personal photographer for world renowned architects, Moshe Safdie and Ada Karmi. This meeting led to the website development and the digitization of rare books and documents, including several now at the New York Public Library; The Dead Sea Scrolls with Google at the Israel Museum; unique musical scores in the libraries of the Juilliard School of Music and the Leonard Bernstein Archive at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; the Codex Vaticanus, held at the Vatican; as well as Maimonides’ original Mishneh Torah and the entire Genizah collection in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University and the James D. Watson archives at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in New York.

  

Caroline Brazier is Director of Scholarship and Collections at the British Library. She leads the strategic development of the Library’s collection strategy to ensure the world class collection remains up-to-date, relevant and accessible for research and scholarship. She is responsible for delivering on the Library’s core mandate to collect, interpret, add value and preserve the British Library’s collection of over 150 million items. Her current focus is the development and strengthening of the role of the curator to meet the needs of users in a digital age. Her past responsibilities at the British Library have included development of resource discovery services, the Library’s Document Supply Service and contemporary collection acquisition and cataloguing. Before joining the British Library in 2002, Caroline worked in a variety of professional library roles within the university sector, mainly in Ireland, over a period of 20 years.

  

Ruth Calderon is one of Israel's leading figures spearheading efforts to revive the Jewish bookshelf, Hebrew Culture and a pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity. In 1989, Dr. Calderon was a pioneer when she established the first Israeli secular, pluralistic and egalitarian Bet Midrash for women and men, with an Orthodox colleague. She then went on to host a TV show on classic and modern Jewish texts, publish several writings and books, and in 1996 founded ALMA - Home for Hebrew Culture. Today Calderon serves as the Chairperson of ALMA, located at the heart of Tel Aviv, which is a cultural and studies center for Hebrew Culture and the Jewish text. Dr. Ruth Calderon is the author of "The Market, the Home, the Heart" a personal homiletic reading of Talmudic legends (2001). Calderon earned her PhD in Talmudic literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also a graduate of the first class of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and a recipient of the prestigious Avi Chai Prize in recognition of her contribution to the propagation of the legacy of Israel.

  

Michelle Chesner is the Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies at Columbia University, as well as the Secretary of the Research, Academic, and Special Libraries division of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She has worked at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Judaica auction house, Kestenbaum and Company. Her degrees are from New York University, Long Island University, and the University of Maryland.

  

Yaacov Choueka, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, joined in 1964 the Department of Mathematics (and later that of Computer Science) at Bar-Ilan University, where he also headed the Institute for Information Retrieval and Computational Linguistics (1974 – 1986), from which he retired in 2004. In 1963 he developed an operational, comprehensive and accurate Morphological Analyzer for Modern Hebrew, one of the primary to be developed for any language. In the mid-sixties he joined the Responsa Project, one of the very first full-text systems in Humanities, which he then headed for 12 years (1974 – 1986). The project was awarded Israel Prize in 2009. In 1989 – 1997 he initiated, headed, and developed the Rav Milim Project for comprehensive Hebrew Processing. The project was awarded Israel Prime Minister Prize for Programming in 1992. Since 2006 he has been head of Genazim, the Computerization Unit of the Friedberg Genizah Project, where the Cairo Genizah world of research is being computerized, with two additional large-scope projects already started: the Babylonian Talmud Variants project, and the Judeo-Arabic Corpus.

  

Meron Eren is a founder and managing partner in Kedem Auction House Ltd, the leading Judaica and Hebraica auction house in Israel. With 15 years of professional experience behind him, Meron's areas of expertise are Israeli ephemera and Hebrew literature from the 19th and 20th centuries. Meron's responsibilities at Kedem include cataloging and evaluating archives, collections and libraries and appraising rare books. When not at Kedem Meron lives on and operates a farm in the Negev. His hobbies include Jewish history and Israeli alternative culture.

  

Motti (Mordechai) Friedman, the current Academic director at the Jerusalem based Central Zionist Archives, was previously Director in chief of the Jerusalem, Herzl Museum where he established its Educational Center, offering a variety of on-site and on-line educational programs. Prior to that, at the Jewish Agency for Israel, he was Director of the Pedagogic Center at the Jewish Zionist Education Department, after being the initiator and Educational Director of the “Building a Jewish world” project, creating a virtual dialog between Israel and the Diaspora. Dr. Friedman acquired his Doctorate at the New York Columbia University, Teachers College and became Member of the prestigious Kappa Delta Phi fraternity after completing a Masters Degree in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University and a Bachelor degree in Jewish Philosophy and Talmudic studies at the Tel Aviv University.

  

Haim Gertner has been the Director of the Yad Vashem Archives Division since 2008. Prior to assuming this position, he served since 2001 in senior positions at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, first as Director of Programs and Curricula Development and later as Director of the Teacher Training Department. With a Ph.D in Modern Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University, Dr. Gertner has considerable experience in the academia. He has taught at the Department of Jewish History in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Open University in Tel Aviv. He has also served as Editor and Member of the Editorial Board of the YIVO Encyclopedia, “Jews in Eastern Europe”.

  

David J. Gilner is Director of Libraries for the four campus library system of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). He earned a B.A. in Religion and an M.A. in Bible from Emory University; an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois; and an M.Phil. in Hebrew and Cognate Studies and a Ph.D. in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from HUC-JIR. Dr. Gilner chairs the editorial boards of Studies in Bibliography and Booklore and the series Bibliographica Judaica. He is a past president of the Association of Jewish Libraries and of the Council of Archives and Research Libraries in Jewish Studies. Dr. Gilner has taught biblical and Judaic studies at Wilmington College, the University of Cincinnati, and HUC-JIR, and was awarded the Donald P. Black prize by HUC-JIR for enhancing interfaith dialogue and understanding in the community. He is a member of the Grolier Club.

  

William Gross was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States, William attended Harvard University, majoring in history in undergraduate school and business in graduate school. After a few years in business and Jewish public life in America, he made Aliyah in 1969 with his wife, Lisa, and 3 children, continuing in the commercial world in Israel, ultimately in the diamond business. A passion for the collecting of Jewish ritual objects since 1964 continued and expanded throughout life in Israel, concentrating on the identification of and research about each individual object and their exposure to the public. The Gross Family Collection has been represented in more than 130 public exhibitions throughout the world. From this activity a secondary career developed in the field of Judaica. William has served as an official appraiser for more than 15,000 objects in both public museum and private collections. He has written more than 30 contributions to books and journals and lectured widely on many topics regarding his view of Judaic objects not just as aesthetic creations but as documents illuminating Jewish history.

  

Silvia Hansman is Master of Instructional Design with a specialization in archival studies (AU) and History (UCF). She is director of Collections at Fundación IWO (Buenos Aires) and leads its “Digital-Bibliotek” program.. She also leads the “Description and digitization project of film and sound recordings at Argentine National Archives 2010-2012". Hansman has led major archival projects like the “Rescue of the City of Auburn municipal records and RDA development” for the Department of History and Archives of the State of Alabama (2000-2001); “Microfilming of Holocaust restitution files at Moskovitz archives” jointly for IWO and USHMM (2006-2011). Among other recognitions, she received the “Breeden Fond for improvement of academic teaching” (2000); Fellowship for academic Merit by the Dean of Graduate Studies, UCF (2001), “Fondo de Cultura Buenos Aires” for archival work (2005) and the “Teatros del Mundo” prize awarded by the Buenos Aires University (2007) for outstanding editorial work on Yiddish theater posters.

  

Rachel Heuberger is a historian and a librarian, serves as the Head of the Hebraica and Judaica Division of the University Library of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Born in Tel Aviv, she was educated in Frankfurt, Germany, studied History and Jewish History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and earned her PhD at the RWTH University of Aachen. She is a lecturer for Jewish Studies at the University of Frankfurt and has published extensively on the history of the Wissenschaft des Judentums, the Frankfurt Jewish Community and modern German-Jewish history. In the library she initiated the digitization of the Jewish historic collections and the creation of several databases, well known to scholars, including Yiddish Prints, Compact Memory, the database of German-Jewish periodicals, the Freimann Collection and the Hebrew Manuscripts. She served as a leading partner in JUDAICA EUROPEANA, the European Digital Library and will, among other committees, serve as chairperson in the continuation of this project, the Judaica Europeana Consortium.

  

Eva-Maria Jansson is Research Librarian at the Oriental and Judaica Collections of the Royal Library of Copenhagen since 2000. She received her PhD in Jewish Studies in 1999 from Lund University in Sweden; her dissertation was entitled, “The Message of a Mitsvah: The Mezuzah in Rabbinic Literature”, and parallel with her research, she taught Jewish Studies at her department throughout the 90's. Her publications also include articles on Scandinavian Hebrew laudatory poems to royalty, as well as contributions to text books and introductions to Judaism and Jewish culture, and online introductions and articles on the Judaica collection and its history, made available on the Royal Library website. For the last four years, she has been involved in different digitisation projects at the library, covering Judaica and, of late, also other collections.

  

Chezkie Kasnett is Digital Projects Manager at the National Library of Israel. As Digital Projects Manager, Chezkie is responsible for numerous core digitization initiatives at the Library. These include the Historical Newspaper digitization projects and the national Israel Archive Network Project, a project within the TAMAR Cultural Heritage Rehabilitation Project of the Israeli Government. Chezkie has over ten years' experience in the information technology field and in international project management. His areas of expertise include process and systems development, digitization of print and microfilm material, enterprise knowledge management software solutions, and information governance. While working at Olive Software, a leading provider of digital solutions for the publishing industry, Chezkie successfully managed the company's large-scale European digitization projects. Chezkie holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Information Systems.

  

Arthur Kiron is the Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History in Penn’s History Department. Arthur received his PhD from Columbia University and specializes in Atlantic Jewish history and the history of the Jewish book. In his role as Curator, he oversees public programs of education and outreach, such as exhibits, concerts, workshops, as well as national and international partnerships to digitize significant collections of Judaica. Arthur is the Director of the Jesselson-Kaplan American Genizah Project, a national initiative based at Penn, which seeks to locate, scan, catalog, and provide dynamic on-line access to American Jewish historical documents, including the personal papers and publications of Isaac Leeser, as well as the "Holy Land Digitization" project, an international initiative to create a digital repository of texts, images, maps, and other realia related to the pre-State Land of Israel. He currently serves on the Academic Advisory Board of several national and international centers and institutions.

  

David Kraemer is Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian (Director of The Library) at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he has also served as Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics for many years. As Librarian, Prof. Kraemer is at the helm of one of the most extensive collections of Judaica—rare and contemporary—in the world. On account of the size and importance of the collection, Prof. Kraemer is instrumental in setting policy and establishing vision for projects of international importance. Prof. Kraemer is a prolific author and commentator. His books include The Mind of the Talmud (1990), Responses to Suffering in Classical Rabbinic Literature (1995), and The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism (2000), among others. His most recent book is Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages (Routledge, 2007, 2009).

  

Jean-Claude Kuperminc was born in Paris in 1959. He graduated in contemporary history and librarianship, and has been director of the Alliance Israélite Universelle Library since 1992. He implemented the computerization of the catalogues and the digitization of contents. He developed the sections of archives and photographs, opening new collections. He was involved in the international conference “Preserving Jewish Archives as Part of the European Cultural Heritage”, held in Potsdam, July 1999, and edited its proceedings. Devoted to the idea of sharing resources among Judaica libraries and archives, he was among the creators and leaders of networking projects such as the Rachel network (Union Catalog of Jewish Libraries) and Europeana Judaica (Jewish material from archives, libraries and museums into the European digital library). He is President of the “Commission Française des Archives Juives” and of the European Network of Judaica and Hebraica Libraries (Rachel network), member of the Board of the World Council for Jewish Archives, member of the Board of Trustees of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, member of the Scientific Committee of the journal “Archives juives”.

  

Allison S. G. Kupietzky, is Collections Database Manager at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and is responsible for the development, construction and maintenance of the museum-wide information system. Dr. Kupietzky is part of the MINERVA Experts Network in Israel. Dr. Kupietzky was the Israeli Coordinator of the Workgroup for Inventories, Discovery of Digitised Content, Multilingualism Issues (WG3), part of the MINERVA Plus initiative, and a co-editor of the 2006 publication entitled: Multilingual Access to the European Cultural Heritage Multilingual Websites and Thesauri. In coordination with the Judaica Europeana project, Dr. Kupietzky recently published the Israel Museum SKOSified vocabularies to support scholarly research based on the upcoming Linked Data model of Europeana. Dr. Kupietzky is also co-founder of Activate Kulture – a consulting firm. Her book, Subject Access to a Multilingual Museum Database - A Step by Step Approach to the Digitization Process was published in October 2007, by Libraries Unlimited Publishers, Connecticut, part of the Third Millennium Cataloging Series

  

Yaniv Levi​ is the Head of Technical Services at the National Library of Israel. Yaniv joined the National Library staff in 2010, following ten years of experience as a product manager in the fields of digital management and preservation, and digital databases. His previous senior management roles included extensive involvement with libraries in general, and national libraries in particular. In addition, Yaniv is a qualified attorney in Israel, with additional graduate studies in marketing and business.

  

Frank Mecklenburg is the Director of Research and Chief Archivist of the Leo Baeck Institute, New York. Dr. Mecklenburg's PhD in Modern German History is from the Technische Universitaet Berlin, 1981, he has been with the LBI since 1984. He has published on various topics in 20th century German social and political history.

  

Sharon Liberman Mintz is the Curator of Jewish Art at The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and specializes in the art of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts and rare printed books. Over the course of 25 years at the Library, Sharon has curated more than 40 exhibitions and co-authored eleven exhibition catalogs. Since 1994, Sharon has also served as the Senior Consultant for Judaica and Hebraica at Sotheby's. In that capacity, she has participated in the sales of several outstanding collections of Judaica and Hebraica and in 2009, she was deeply involved in curating and mounting the record-breaking exhibition of the Valmadonna Trust Library. Sharon’s latest publication A Journey through Jewish Worlds: Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books accompanies an international exhibition that she co-curated.

  

Robin Nobel manages the Archives and Libraries Programme at the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, a grant-giving body devoted to the protection, preservation and promotion of European Jewish heritage. In this capacity, she is also currently responsible for Yerusha, an initiative to aggregate and support surveys of Jewish documentary sources in Europe. Robin holds a Masters in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford and a Masters in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, where she is originally from.

  

Dror Oberman is the Director of Educational Programmes, The National Library, Israel. Dror, an educational entrepreneur is the former CEO of the Snunit Centre for the Advancement of Web Based Learning (2000−2006) and more recently founded an internet start-up company to facilitate and encourage Activity-based interactions between grandparents and grandchildren, parents and children, living afar. At Snunit he was responsible for establishing Galim (www.galim.org.il), the leading Hebrew portal for first to sixth grade, reaching 70 per cent penetration of the Hebrew-speaking elementary schools, for the establishment of Amwaj (www.amwaj.org.il), the first educational portal for Arabic-speaking students and teachers and for several other web-based educational projects.

  

Peggy K. Pearlstein is Head of the Hebraic Section in the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, a position she assumed in 2007. Dr. Pearlstein is a past president of the Research, Archives, and Special Collections Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries and a past president of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. In addition to articles published in the Encyclopaedia Judaica, Judaica Librarianship, Southern Jewish History, and Jewish Women: a Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, she edited the newly released Perspectives on the Hebraic Book: the Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lectures at the Library of Congress.

  

Esperança Valls Pujol graduated in Hebrew Philology at the University of Barcelona. She has done doctoral courses at the same university within the program "El Gresol de la Cultura Mediterrània" obtaining the diploma in Advanced Studies in 2002. She has also completed studies in the field of Judaism at the University of Castilla La Mancha, and on Psychology of Religions at the Philipps Universität Marburg in Germany. Now she is preparing the doctoral thesis (The Hebrew and Catalan (written in Hebrew characters) Fragments of Arxiu Històric de Girona: Textual study, Linguistic Analysis and Palaeographic Edition) at the University of. She taught several university extension courses for the University of Girona Foundation and conferences, mainly around the Catalan Judaism and Jewish Science. She is a founding member and co-director of the Institut Món Juïc, a research institute that aims to investigate and disclose everything that surrounds the Catalan Judaism. She prepared an inventory of documents, buildings and archaeological remains of the Jewish Middle Ages for the Barcelona City History Museum. At present she is working for the Historical Archive of Girona in the classification and interpretation of over nine hundred Hebrew manuscripts found in the notarial bookbindings of this archive, in collaboration with Professor Mauro Perani of the University of Bologne (Italy), director of the 'Italian Genizah' Project.

  

Benjamin Richler was born in Montreal, Canada in 1940. He received his BA from Yeshiva University in New York in 1960 and a Master of Library Science from the Graduate School of Library Science of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1963. From 1965-1997 he was a cataloguer of Hebrew manuscripts in the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew manuscripts at the National Library of Israel and from 1997 until his retirement in 2005 he was director of the Institute. Among his publications are a Guide to Hebrew Manuscript Collections (Jerusalem, Israel Academy of Sciences, 1994). He compiled or edited numerous catalogues of Hebrew manuscript collections The Association of Jewish Libraries presented him with the Bibliography Award and in 1995 and the Bibliography Award in 2008. In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bologna, Italy. Dr. Richler continues to catalogue manuscripts for the Institute on a voluntary basis.

  

Moshe Rosman teaches in the Koschitzky Department of Jewish History at Bar Ilan University. He was born in Chicago. Rosman has conducted extensive research in Eastern European archives and has been a Fulbright scholar and a visiting professor at Yale, Michigan, Pennsylvania and other universities. His books have won prizes in the USA, Israel and Poland and have been translated into various languages. They include: The Lords' Jews: Jews and Magnates in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba’al Shem Tov; and How Jewish Is Jewish History? He is currently one of the authors writing a new history of Hasidism and is researching a book on the history of Jewish women in Poland.

  

Shalom Sabar is Professor of Jewish Art and Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sabar earned his PhD in Art History from UCLA (1987), writing his dissertation on illustrated marriage contracts of the Jews in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. His research joins together the disciplines of art history and folklore, highlighting issues pertaining to the folk nature of Jewish art and Jewish material culture, visual materials and objects associated with rituals in the life and year cycles, and the evidence these materials bear on the relationships between the Jewish minorities and the societies that hosted them in Christian Europe and the Islamic East. Among his books are: Ketubbah: Jewish Marriage Contracts of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum and Klau Library (1990); Mazal Tov: Illuminated Jewish Marriage Contracts from the Israel Museum Collection, Jerusalem (1994); Jerusalem - Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of History and Art (with Dan Bahat; 1997); The Life Cycle [of the Jews in Islamic Lands (2006). He served as a visiting professor and lectured widely in numerous universities, museums, and public institutions in Israel, Europe and the US. Prof. Sabar also guides travelling seminars to Jewish sites and monuments in Europe, North Africa and Central Asia.

  

Judith Olszowy-Schlanger,​ PhD Cambridge, Great Britain, is currently Professor of Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts Study at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) in Paris. She is currently the president of the European Association for Jewish Studies. She is also responsible for the international project "Books within Books: Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries". Her research interests include Hebrew palaeography, codicology and diplomatics, Cairo Genizah Studies, the history of the Hebrew linguistic tradition and medieval Christian Hebraism.

  

Emile G.L. Schrijver (1962) is curator of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, the Jewish special collection at the University of Amsterdam. He is also a curator of the private Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books in Zurich, Switzerland and is the interim librarian of Ets Haim/Livraria Montezinos, Amsterdam. He is an expert of post-medieval Hebrew manuscripts and printed books and has published and lectured extensively on both topics. Dr. Schrijver has written a number of introductions to facsimile editions of Hebrew manuscripts and has published numerous auction and exhibition catalogues, most recently (2011, co-edited with Falk Wiesemann) "Schöne Seiten: Jüdische Schriftkultur aus der Braginsky Collection", He serves on boards and advisory committees of numerous Jewish cultural organizations in and outside the Netherlands.

  

Francesco Spagnolo, a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media, is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Intersecting textual, visual and musical cultures, he actively contributes to academic, cultural heritage and archival institutions, as well as live and electronic media in Europe, Israel and the United States. A former lecturer at the University of Milan and at UC Santa Cruz, and host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio, he frequently lectures at academic institutions worldwide, publishes on a variety of subjects, and curates exhibitions and digital programs. Francesco holds a Laurea in Philosophy from the University of Milan (1994) and a PhD in Musicology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007).

  

Aviad A. Stollman is the Judaica Collection Curator of the National Library of Israel. His background is in the worlds of technology and Jewish studies, facilitating his commitment to the current renewal process of the National Library of Israel. Aviad holds a PhD in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University and has extensive experience in web programming and design. Dr. Stollman carried out postdoctoral research at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas, Austin, where he was a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer. Stollman's publications are in the areas of Talmud, and the Philosophy and History of Halakhah.

  

Ilana Tahan, M.Phil. was born in Rumania and was educated at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Aston University in Birmingham, UK. She joined the British Library as Hebraica curator in 1989, becoming Head of the Hebrew Section in 2000. She manages a collection comprising well over 3000 Hebrew manuscripts, c. 10,000 Genizah fragments and around 80,000 printed books. Since 2011 she has also been in charge of the British Library’s Christian Orient collections. Her research interests include: illuminated Hebrew manuscripts, Ladino material, Hebrew imprints from India, Iraq and China, and Yizkor books. Her publications have included: Memorial volumes to Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust: a bibliography of British Library holdings, 2004, Sephardic and Judeo-Spanish material in the British Library’s Hebrew Collections, 2006, and Hebrew manuscripts: the power of script and image, 2007. In 2009 Ilana was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to scholarship.

  

Zsuzsanna Toronyi is the Head of the Hungarian Jewish Archives, where she has been working since 1994. She lectures on Jewish material culture at the Jewish Studies Department of the ELTE University, Budapest. She is currently completing her PhD dissertation, which deals with the history and cultural background of Hungary’s Jewish collections. She has curated several exhibitions, such as the new permanent exhibition on the Jewish past of Pest (Rosenthal lived here, 2011) and she has organized the new visible storage area of the Hungarian Jewish Archives. She serves as member of the Judaica Europeana cooperation, dealing with the digitization of Jewish content to Europeana. Her major publications include The Fate of Judaica in Hungary during the Nazi and Soviet Occupations. (In: Neglected Witnesses, 2011) and Gender, Memory and Judaism (Budapest, Herne, 2007). She holds the Scheiber Sándor Prize by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, 2009.

  

Oren Weinberg is the CEO of the National Library. Oren served as the Director of University of Haifa Library (2004 – 2010). He previously served in a variety of managerial functions at the University of Haifa Library, including: Manager of the Library Information Systems Team (2000-2004), Manager of Circulation Services (1996-2000), and Manager of Reserve Services (1993-1996). He holds a BA in Art History and General Studies from the University of Haifa and an MA in Library and Information Studies from Bar-Ilan University.

  

Shimon Yakerson (Iakerson), PhD,– Head of the Department of Semitic and Hebrew Studies in the St. Petersburg State University, Leading Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Curator of the Judaica Collections of the Russian Museum of Ethnography, correspondent member of the Hebrew Palaeography Project (Jerusalem), expert in the History of the Hebrew book in the Middle Ages, holder of the first Honorable Medal of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress “For Service to the Jewish People” (July 28 2005, Jerusalem) for the publication of the “Catalogue of Hebrew Incunabula from the Collection of the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America”. (New York and Jerusalem. 2004 – 2005) and a winner of the Anziferof award for outstanding research on St. Petersburg (November 12 2009) for the publication of the album “Jewish Treasures of Petersburg” (Saint-Petersburg, 2008 - 2009).

  

Isaac Yudlov was born in Israel in 1944. He studied in prominent Yeshivot: Kol Torah of Jerusalem and Ponevezh of Bnei Berak and later graduated Hebrew University's School of Library, Archive and Information Studies. Mr. Yudlov has been working in the National Library of Israel for more than forty years, associated mainly with the Hebrew Bibliography project where he began to work in 1966. For twenty years he worked in the Hebrew Cataloging Department and since 1991 he has been the director of the Institute for Hebrew Bibliography. Isaac Yudlov published numerous books and articles including the comprehensive Bibliography of Passover Haggadot from the Beginning of Hebrew Printing until 1960 (Magnes Press: 1997).

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