January 8, 2010 Judaica Collections in Russia Subject of Feb. 3 Lecture At the Library of Congress
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Shimon Iakerson, curator of Judaica at the Russian Museum of Ethnography, will deliver a presentation on “Unique Hebrew Manuscripts in St. Petersburg, Russia” at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, located in Room LJ220 of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
Iakerson is the preeminent scholar in the field of Hebrew incunabula (books printed before the year 1501), and the author of several books on the subject. In addition to his curatorial duties at the Russian Museum of Ethnography, he is the senior researcher at the St. Petersburg branch of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2005, he received the first Honorable Medal presented at the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress in Jerusalem for his two-volume work, “Catalogue of Hebrew Incunabula from the Collection of the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America” (New York and Jerusalem, 2004-2005). In 2009, he won the Antsiferov Award, an international prize in honor of the historian N.P. Antsiferov, for his overall contributions to the field of St. Petersburg studies for his most recent work, “Jewish Treasures of Petersburg: Scrolls, Codices, Documents.”
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