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Library of Congress: Karaite Work on Display

Judeo-Tartar Translation of the Torah now on display at the Library of Congress.

Judeo-Tartar Translation of the Torah now on display at the Library of Congress.

I was recently invited to give a lunchtime presentation at Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The talk was entitled “Karaite Judaism: Texts, Textualists and Tradition,” and was very well received. The Library of Congress is absolutely breathtaking and is a must see for all.

Before the talk, my wonderful contact at the Library of Congress took me to an exhibit named “Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress * 1912-2012.” The exhibit is showing from October 25, 2012 through March 16, 2013.

The exhibit contains an interesting piece commissioned by the once-flourishing Karaite Jewish community of Turkey. In recent years, efforts have been made to revive this community.

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Talk & Travel: USF, General Assembly, Library of Congress

This is an exciting time. Over the next week, I will be participating in three interesting events:

  • University of San Francisco:  On Thursday, November 8, 2012, I will be at the Karaite Jews of America speaking to a group of students from the University of San Francisco. The students are taking a course on various Jewish organizations and movements. This is the second time that I have had the honor of speaking about Karaite Judaism to students from USF, which incidentally is a Jesuit school.
  • Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly:  For the first time ever, the Karaite Jews of America will be hosting a booth at the JFNA General Assembly. The KJA is sending a delegation of three people (myself included) to provide informational material on Karaite Judaism and to answer general questions from attendees. Several years ago, I staffed a booth on behalf of the Karaite Jewish University at a previous General Assembly. This year’s General Assembly is taking place in Baltimore, MD from November 11-13, 2012.
  • Library of Congress: On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, I will be speaking at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  The talk is entitled Karaite Judaism: Texts, Textualists and Tradition and will be very similar to a presentation I gave this past summer at the 47th Annual Conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

We’ll be providing follow-up when the dust settles.

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