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The Center for Jewish History is pleased to announce a $2.5 million gift from The David Berg Foundation to establish The David Berg Rare Book Room. This contribution will enable the Center and its partners to realize their longstanding goal of creating a public space that showcases and preserves some of the most important works in Jewish history.
“We are incredibly grateful to The David Berg Foundation for its unwavering commitment to the Center for Jewish History,” says Michael S. Glickman, chief operating officer of the Center. “It is only because of friends like this that the Center is able to ensure that Jewish history remains vibrant—as well as relevant—in today’s world. This rare book room will be part of David Berg’s legacy as an ardent supporter of the Jewish people and their history.”
The room will provide the Center’s partners — American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research — with a state-of-the-art facility in which to house some of their most important printed materials, including seminal first editions and a cross-section of rabbinical literature, Jewish philosophy, and intellectual history that dates back hundreds of years.
Scheduled to open this fall, the public will be able to visit The David Berg Rare Book Room six days a week, reinforcing the Center’s commitment to making information and history available to the thousands of people who visit each year. This glass-enclosed, high-security space—situated adjacent to the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall and the Collection Management & Conservation Wing—will use the latest technology to display and protect the works that have helped establish the Center as a preeminent home for Jewish scholarship.
“Our core mission is to preserve, protect, and present the treasured collections of our partners,” says Center Co-Chairman William A. Ackman. “This project elevates our ability to showcase important works, and we are grateful to The David Berg Foundation and its trustees for this tremendous opportunity.”