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The Central Jewish Relief Committee existed for about thirty
years (1920-1950). It has inscribed glorious pages in the annals
of American Jewish orthodoxy by its relief activities for afflicted
areas of European Jewry and by its vital support of the pre­
servation of our spiritual heritage in the world-renowned cen­
ters of Torah. These records also include minutes of meetings
of the first years of the Joint Distribution Committee during
which our orthodox leaders were highly active.
Services to the Public
As the first university under Jewish auspices in the Western
Hemisphere, Yeshiva is consulted for information concerning
various phases of Jewish life and scholarship. These inquiries
come not only from Jewish communities all over the United
States, but also from our non-Jewish neighbors interested in
Jews and Judaism. Inquiries come by telephone and letters from
various magazines, and from radio and television stations de­
siring to check stories or broadcasts for accuracy. Librarians,
researchers, scholars from other institutions, including the United
Nations, have often solicited our help. Another important phase
of our library activities in supplying bibliographies to scholars
and students in their research.
In view of the great educational value of exhibitions for both
scholar and layman, the public was invited to observe many in­
teresting exhibits celebrating the anniversary of an important
event or of a conspicuous personality. Exigencies of space permit
the enumeration of only a few: the Elijah Gaon exhibit on the
occasion of the 150th anniversary of his death; the Emma Lazarus
exhibit on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birth;
the Martyred Scholars exhibit which featured the works of fa­
mous Jewish scholars who perished during the holocaust in
World War 2; the Maimonides exhibit on the occasion of the
750th anniversary in 1955 of the sage's death (the same exhibit
was displayed at the Maimonides celebration organized by the
Jewish Book Council of America, which also published a selected
bibliography on Maimonides by this writer in its
of that
year); an exhibit in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of
Israel Independence in 1958, which displayed rare books dealing
with Palestine and Zionism.
The Library has also encouraged other libraries, synagogues
and community centers in various parts of the country to exhibit
its books.
Cooperation between libraries is of utmost importance in dis­
seminating knowledge. No library, even the greatest, can claim
to possess all books needed by various scholars in their research.
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