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Tour: The Jerusalem Archaeological Park and the Western Wall Tunnels
Haggai Ben-ShammaiAcademic Director and Head of Collections, National Library of Israel
William GrossDirector, Gross Family CollectionThe Advantages and Disadvantages of Collecting Collectively
David Kraemer Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian, Jewish Theological Seminary
David J. GilnerDirector of Libraries, Hebrew Union College
Dror ObermanDirector of Educational Programs, National Library of Israel
George S. BlumenthalPresident, Center for Online Judaic Studies
The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, Israel’s most important antiquity site, reaches the Temple Mount on the north, the slope of the Mount of Olives and the Kidron Valley on the east, and the Valley of Hinnom on the west and the south. This exceptional area which has captivated the world’s imagination throughout history, has been designated as an archaeological park and open museum. We will visit the Park and follow events spanning some 5000 years, beginning with the Canaanite (Bronze) Age and continuing through the days of the Israelite monarchy in the First Temple period. The splendors of the Second Temple and the impressive architecture of King Herod, dating to the second half of the first century BCE are a key element in the park, and the remains and monumental structures dating to the Christian and Muslim periods are clearly visible. During a fascinating tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, hidden layers of the Wall will be revealed underground. These walls tell the story of ancient Jerusalem and of generations of longing for it.
Moshe RosmanKoschitzky Department of Jewish History, Bar Ilan UniversityKeeping the Culture
Professor Rosman's talk will begin with an exploration of ways of conceptualizing culture, asking how these differential modes might apply to Jewish culture. The focus will then turn to the search for a metaphor to describe the relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish cultures. After presenting these theoretical considerations, there will be an examination of how several veteran libraries dedicated to preserving, presenting and disseminating Jewish culture turn theory into practice.