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New Resources for Students and Members

New Resources for Students and Members

Asher Library

The Asher Library at Spertus Institute includes in its collection Jewish-interest fiction and non-fiction books, periodicals, music, and films from all over the world. We are pleased to announce our latest crop of new resources. Borrowing privileges and online access are available to Spertus students and members.

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Online Resources
Spertus Institute's Feinberg eCollection is a collection of databases that offer full-text access to scholarly journals and an array of classic Jewish texts. New Feinberg eCollection resources include Otzar HaHochma Online, the world's largest digital Judaic database. Otzar HaHochma contains more than 62,434 searchable Hebrew books scanned in their original format, including Bible and related commentaries, Talmudic literature and commentary, halakhah, Jewish philosophy, kabbalah, and modern scholarship in Jewish history, Hebrew linguistics, and psychology.

The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics and The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World are also now available through the Feinberg eCollection.

New Jewish Films
A variety of excellent new Jewish films (on DVD) have been added to our circulating collection. These include:

Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish

Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish (Annenberg, 2011)
This gritty new feature (pictured above) retells William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" in Yiddish. In what might be the first Yiddish "mumblecore" film, director Eve Annenberg creates a parallel universe where Romeo and Juliet stem from ultra-orthodox Judaism and speak their lines in street-smart Yiddish.

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (Dorman, 2012)
A portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Using archival footage, the film recreates a time of social and political unrest for European Jews, demonstrating how SholemAleichem used humor to encapsulate their reality.

Nora's Will (Chenillo, 2011)
When Nora dies before Passover, ex-husband Jose (Mexican star Fernando Luján) must stay with her body. He soon realizes this is part of a plan to bring estranged family members together. Mexico's Picture of the Year. 

Human Failure (Verhoeven, 2012)
During World War II, German tax officials invaded Jewish residences and confiscated all property, from bank accounts to clothing. Using recently-discovered documents and first-hand accounts, award-winning filmmaker Michael Verhoeven unearths evidence documenting one of the greatest robberies in human history.

The Matchmaker (Nesher, 2010)
Arik, a teenage boy in 1960’s Haifa, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love, a development that brings surprising consequences. Nominated for 7 Israel Academy Awards.

I Was There In Color (Kfir, 2010)
Until the discovery of historic footage by Fred Monosson, a Jewish businessman who died in 1972, the early history of the State of Israel was captured only in black and white. Now, for the first time, Israel’s early history is told in color.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Asher Library Hours

Sunday 12-4 pm
Monday-Thursday 4-6:30 pm
Closed Fridays and Saturdays