Opening Session: Developing Digital Collaborations
Monday, June 4th, 10:00-11:30​

​Aviad A. Stollman
Judaica Collections Curator, National Library of Israel

David Blumberg
Chairman of the Board, National Library of Israel
The Significance of Multidimensional Collaborations

Caroline Brazier
Director of Scholarship and Collections, British Library
Developing Digital Collections:
Challenges Faced by National and Major Research Libraries

First Session: Renewing the National Library of Israel
Monday, June 4th, 12:00-13:00

​Oren Weinberg
Director General, National Library of Israel
The Renewal Process of the National Library of Israel 





Second Session: NLI's Collection Policies
Monday, June 4th, 14:30-16:00

Haggai Ben-Shammai
Academic Director and Head of Collections, National Library of Israel
The Collection Policies of the National Library of Israel

Hezi Amiur
Israel Collection Curator, National Library of Israel
The Collection Policy for the Israel Collection

Aviad Stollman
Judaica Collection Curator, National Library of Israel
The Collection Policy for the Judaica Collection

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Third Session: Towards an International Index of Jewish Archives
Monday, June 4th, 16:30-18:00

Yani Levi
Head of Technical Services, National Library of Israel

Chezkie Kasnett
Digital Projects Manager
The Israel Archive Network

Robin Nobel
Programme Grants Officer, Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe
What Can Be Achieved and How to Begin: the Yerusha Project

Haim Gertner
Director, Archives Division, Yad Vashem
Jean-Claude Kuperminc
Director, Alliance Israélite Universelle Library and Archives
Hadassah Assouline
Director, Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People




Israeli Music Legend Etti Ankri Performs at the Library
My Heart is in the East, and I in the Uttermost West
Monday, June 4th, 20:30-22:00
Esther "Etti" Ankri is a leading Israeli singer-songwriter. She is a former Female Singer of the Year in Israel, and has also performed in the United States, England, and India. Ankri has been called a "rock genius", the "poet of Israeli spirituality," and "the contemporary voice of... Israel". Ankri's debut album, I Can See It in Your Eyes (1990), reached double platinum status in Israel, where it sold over 90,000 copies. Her six additional albums include the most recent, Beshirei Rabbi Yehuda Halevi, which sets the poems of poet Yehuda Halevi to music. Ben Shalev of Haaretz described the music as "beautiful", writing "she sings wonderfully. Her voice is clear and precise, radiating vulnerability and self-confidence in equal measure." Ankri’s songs have also been featured globally in such collections as “Putumayo Presents Israel” a collection put out by Manhattan-based Putumayo, which specializes in world music collections.






Fourth Session: Collecting Separately, Collecting Collaboratively
Tuesday, June 5th, 10:00-11:30

Haggai Ben-Shammai
Academic Director and Head of Collections, National Library of Israel

William Gross
Director, Gross Family Collection
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Collecting Collectively

Arthur Kiron
Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections, University of Pennsylvania

David Kraemer
Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian, Jewish Theological Seminary

DVavid J. Gilner
Director of Libraries, Hebrew Union College




Fifth Session: Presenting Collections
Tuesday, June 5th, 10:00-12:30

Ruth Calderon
Head of Culture and Educational Programmes, National Library of Israel

Sharon Liberman Mintz
Curator of Jewish Art at the Library, Jewish Theological Seminary
Virtual and Physical Exhibits and their Role in the 21st Century

Allison Kupietzky
Collections Database Manager, Israel Museum

Dror Oberman
Director of Educational Programs, National Library of Israel

George S. Blumenthal
President, Center for Online Judaic Studies






Dinner in honor of Mr. Ezra Gorodetzky, longtime friend of the National Library of Israel
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Haaliya Hashniya 1, Jerusalem
Tuesday, June 5th, 19:00-20:30
Keynote Speaker:
Moshe Rosman
Koschitzky Department of Jewish History, Bar Ilan University
Keeping 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.




Sixth Session: Collecting Jewish Ephemera
Wednesday, June 6th, 09:00-10:30

Motti Friedman
Academic Director, Central Zionist Archive

Shalom Sabar
Chief Researcher, the Folklore Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
What, How and Why to Collect

Peggy Pearlstein
Head of the Hebraic Section, Library of Congress

Francesco Spagnolo
Curator of Collections, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC, Berkeley

Meron Eren
Owner, Kedem Auction House






Seventh Session: Reviving the Hebrew Bibliography Project
Wednesday, June 6th, 11:00-12:30

Shimon Iakerson
Senior Researcher, Russian Academy of Sciences

Emile Schrijver
Curator of Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, University of Amsterdam
Interacting with International Catalogs and Expanding the Scope

Isaac Yudlov
Former Director, Institute for Hebrew Bibliography

David Ben Naim
Curator of Special Collections, Bar Ilan University Library

HMichelle Chesner
Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies, Columbia University








Poster Presentations
Wednesday, June 6th, 14:00-15:30

Yaacov Choueka
Chief Computerization Scientist, Director, Friedberg Genizah Project
One-Thousand-Years of Manuscripts Meet the Internet:
The Friedberg Genizah Project and its Computerization

Silvia Hansman
Director, Archives, IWO Buenos Aires
Saving IWO Archives and Library through collaborative digital projects

Rachel Heuberger
Director, Jewish Division of the Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main
From Abraham to Zion: The Digital Judaica Collections of the Frankfurt University Library

Eva-Maria Jansson
Curator of Judaica Collections, Det Kongelige Bibliothek, Copenhagen
Digitization projects in the Judaica Collection of the Royal Library, Copenhagen

Frank Mecklenburg
Director of Research, Leo Baeck Institute, New York
DigiBaeck - The Digital Archives of the Leo Baeck Institute

Esperança Valls Pujol
Researcher, Arxiu Històric de Girona
Medieval Hebrew manuscripts in the Historical Archive of Girona

Zsuzsanna Toronyi
Chief Archivist, Hungarian Jewish Archives
Hungarian Jewish Archives as Part of the Jewish Heritage







​Eighth Session: An International Digital Library of Hebrew Manuscripts
Wednesday, June 6th, 16:00-17:30

Ilana Tahan
Lead Curator, Hebrew and Christian Orient Studies Asian and African Studies, British Library

Aviad A. Stollman
Judaica Collection Curator, National Library of Israel
Improving Accessibility and Expanding Research Possibilities

Judith Schlanger
Director, Hebrew Manuscripts and Medieval Judeo-Arabic Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne)

Benjamin Richler
Former Director, Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library of Israel

Yaacov Choueka
Chief Computerization Scientist, Director, Friedberg Genizah Project