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Kehilat HaNahar explores Judaica at Princeton University Library


Over 20 members and guests of Kehilat HaNahar, the Little Shul by the River in New Hope, toured the Department of Special Collections at Princeton University Library on Friday, March 22 and marveled at many special objects and ancient texts with Jewish content.

As the holiday of Passover is approaching, the tour included several rare copies of the Haggadah, the text recited at the Seder meal. Some of the Haggadahs are centuries old and others are of historical importance, including one from 1930s Germany during Hitler’s reign. Visitors also saw books and documents written in Judeo-Arabic and Judeo-Persian as well as Hebrew.

Instrumental in providing KHN’s personal tour and all of the valuable information and insights at Princeton University Library were Emma Sarconi, outreach and reference professional for Special Collections; Deborah Schlein, Near Eastern Studies librarian, and David Hollander, Judaic Studies librarian.

Kehilat HaNahar is an active, innovative, and collaborative Reconstructionist congregation that promotes an egalitarian, interfaith and LGBTQ-friendly community. Its programs are designed to educate the KHN community and beyond in the key areas of Jewish history, philosophy, values, art, music, and culture.

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