Western Washington University

09/24/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2019 10:53

Western Washington University hosting exhibition on Jewish books and printing

Western Libraries Heritage Resources is hosting a new exhibition tracing the journeys of the Jewish people through their books and printing.

'As Far As Their Books Reach: Jewish Printing and the Global Jewish Diaspora' is on display through March 20, 2020, in Western Washington University Libraries Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor).

This exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be available for viewing Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment (closed weekends and holidays).

Heinrich Heine described the Bible as the Jews' 'portable homeland.' The same could be said for Jewish books more broadly, which bear witness to the long and remarkable history of the global Jewish diaspora. Through a survey of historical Judaica, this exhibition traces the physical, intellectual, and cultural journeys of the Jewish people, and explores the traditions that have earned the Jews the description 'People of the Book.'

Featured materials are from the recently acquired Judaica / Holocaust & Genocide Studies Collections located in Western Libraries Special Collections, and the exhibition is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. Numbering more than 3,000 titles, the collection spans 500 years and six continents.

For more information about the exhibit, or to request a group or class visit, please contact Judaica Project Archivist David Schlitt, [email protected], (360) 650-3193.