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30
Years
of the
Price Library





The Isser and Rae Price
Librarij of Judaica
30th Anniversarytj Rededication
March 6,2011
Universitij of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries













Thirtij Years of
The Isser and Rae Price Librarj of Judaica
Universittj of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries
30th Anniversar-y Rededication
Sunda-y, March 6,2011 2:00 p.m.

Smathers Library, Room 1A
Music by the Klezmer Katz

GREETINGS
Judith C. Russell, Dean, University of Florida Libraries
Welcome to the guests; welcome and introduction to the UF President

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
Dr. J. Bernard Machen, President, University of Florida
The Significance of the Price Library of Judaica to the University of Florida

SPEAKERS
Dr. Harold P. Hanson, Professor Emeritus, former UF Executive Vice President
Acquiring a Judaica Library for the University of Florida

Robert Singerman, University Librarian Emeritus
30 Years of the Price Library: Some Reminiscences

Dr. Ralph Lowenstein, Dean Emeritus, Professor,
College of Journalism and Communications
The Importance of the Price Library Resources for Scholarship Today

Jack Kugelmass, Professor, Director, Center for Jewish Studies
A Price Library Treasure: Bay Unds Yidn (Among us Jews)

CLOSING REMARKS
Samuel T. Huang, Associate Dean for Advancement and Development,
University of Florida Libraries

Library West, First Floor
REDEDICATION CEREMONY IN LIBRARY WEST
Dr. Rebecca Jefferson and the Price Family

EXHIBITION TOURS
"Hallelujah" image from the facsimile of the Rothschild Miscellany (copyright www.facsimile-editions.com)









WIDELY CONSIDERED THE FOREMOST JEWISH STUDIES
RESEARCH COLLECTION IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED
STATES, the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica boasts in excess
of 90,000 fully cataloged volumes. In terms of many of its scarce late
19th to early 20th century imprints, the Price Library of Judaica ranks
among the top 20 academic libraries in the world; in the case of its
Hebrew and Yiddish resources, many thousand of its holdings are
shared with just ten other leading US libraries.

The Price Library of Judaica was built on a core collection owned
by Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkin of Chicago which, at the time of its
acquisition by the University of Florida, was the largest personal library
of Judaica and Hebraica in the United States. The range and depth
of Mishkin's collection was described by the Harvard Bibliographer
Charles Berlin as "superb." The UF Libraries received the first National
Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant awarded to a United
States research library in order to partially underwrite Rabbi Leonard
C. Mishkin's 40,000 volume library. The NEH Grant was matched by
the first State of Florida Quality Improvement Funds.

Formally dedicated in March 1981, the University's Judaica library
was named for Isser and Rae Price, whose sons Jack and Samuel
Price of Jacksonville, Florida, established a fund to support sustained
development of its collections. The Price family gift was the largest single
gift ever made to the libraries at that time, and it was the first time
that a special collection in the University Libraries had been endowed.

Thirty years on, patrons will find in the Isser and Rae Price Library
of Judaica a Jewish studies collection of notable depth, scope and
singularity. Its diversified holdings of uncommon research materials
in English, Hebrew and other languages support scholarship in
virtually every aspect of the Jewish experience.

While the Price Library's primary objective is to support the research
and instructional needs of the faculty and students working within
the University of Florida's Center for Jewish Studies, all researchers
and readers are welcome to use the collection.






THE' PRC LIRR FJDAC OKLT


The drawing in the Isser and Rae Price
Library of Judaica bookplate should be
interpreted allegorically. The central
concept is creation, the movement from
nothingness to completion, expressed
through symbols which have meaning
on several levels simultaneously: the
creation of the world, the creation
of Judaism, the creation of wisdom
and knowledge in the individual, and
the creation of the library. A virtual
online bookplate is now available for
acknowledging donations to the library
within the UF Libraries' catalog.


The Isser and Rae Price
Library of Judaica
Endowment Fund
for the
University of Florida Libraries










A JEW IS ON A SHIP FILLED WITH MERCHANTS. They show off
their merchandise and ask the Jew, "What do you have?" He taps his
head and says, "Everything I own is in here." They laugh and call him
a fool.

Then a storm hits. The ship sinks, and everyone must swim to shore
with nothing but the clothes he is wearing. They reach a city, but the
merchants have nothing to sell. They have to beg in the street. A few
days later, they see the Jew, well dressed and well fed. He drops some
money in their begging cups, and they say to him, "We had so much
merchandise, but now we have nothing. You had nothing, but now
you have so much. How can it be?"

He taps his head and says, "I told you that everything I own is in
here. I have studied all my life, and I have knowledge. I am working
as a teacher."

The merchants nod their heads, and all agree, "Knowledge is the
best merchandise."

Solomon and the Ant: and Other Jewish Folktales retold by Sheldon Oberman, Honesdale, Pa., 2006




THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION

IN JEWISH LIFE IS EXEMPLIFIED BY THE ACTIONS OF JACK
AND SAMUEL PRICE WHO ESTABLISHED A

LARGE ENDOWMENT FUND TO SUPPORT THE

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA'S JUDAICA LIBRARY IN 1981.


THEIR GENEROUS GIFT HAS ENABLED THE

ISSER AND RAE PRICE LIBRARY OF JUDAICA TO SUPPORT
TEACHING AND RESEARCH BOTH AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AND AROUND THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE PAST THIRTY YEARS AND BEYOND.




























Jack Price (left) with his brother Samuel (right) and their mother Rae.

The library is something for everyone to use. It has long been
needed and it will live on and on.
Rae Price, 1981




We hope our gift will be
a spark to get others to
contribute to the
library for perpetuation
of Jewish learning and
Jewish study, which are so
important to Judaism.
Jack Price, 1981









The Price Library of Judaica played a pivotal
role when I was researching my children's
story, Mystery of the Missing Candlestick.
Its resources helped me to develop the
historical backdrop for my novel, which is
set in St. Augustine. I am very appreciative
of this collection and all those who have
contributed to preserving it and making it
available to the public.


- June Weltman, author of Mystery of the Missing Candlestick, winner
of numerous awards, including Mayhaven's Award for Fiction and
the Junior Historian Book Award



I did not come to the University of Florida in 1990 to study Jewish
history. That decision would not come until after I was introduced to
one the Southeast's great treasures the Isser and Rae Price Library of
Judaica. It was in and around this outstanding library that I wrote my
dissertation on Savannah Jewry.
- Dr. Mark Greenberg, Head of Special Collections, University
of South Florida, and author of Becoming Southern: The Jews of
Savannah, Georgia, 1830-70





Robert Singerman, former librarian at the
University of Florida's Judaica Library (yes,
there is such a library, and it is an outstanding
resource) introduced me to a book on Calcutta
Jews which he thought might interest me.
Indeed it did! My imagination took over and,
aided by further research at the library, Flowers
in the Blood was born.
- Gay Courter, bestselling author of the
historical novel Flowers in the Blood, 1991






TH PIC LIBRAR OF J ICAN IT PATROS


MOSES LEVY
FLORIDA


C S kM0NACO


The Price Library is truly among the
elite institutions of the United States. Its
global resources were indispensable to my
biography of Moses Levy, and enabled me
to trace his career through diverse Jewish
communities of the 19th century trans-
Atlantic world.
- Dr. Chris Monaco, author of Moses Levy
of Florida: Jewish Utopian and Antebellum
Reformer, and winner of the Florida
Historical Society's 2006 Presidential
Award of Distinction


It is said that the Talmud is an ocean. Standing in the wings of the
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida,
I was confronted by dozens of bookcases filled with such oceans.
My sincere gratitude belongs to Mr. Robert Singerman and his staff
whose patience and excitement enhanced my efforts and kept me
close to the shores of proper understanding.
- Dale S. Recinella, J.D., M.T.S., Catholic Lay Chaplain,
Florida Death Row, author of The Biblical Truth about America's
Death Penalty, 2004


The Price Library is a treasure trove of Jewish
literature and culture and a boon for students
and scholars everywhere. Mazl tov on your
Thirtieth Anniversary!


- Aaron Lansky, author of the bestseller
Outwitting History: the Amazing
Adventures of a Man who Rescued a
Million Yiddish Books, 2004, and
President of the National Yiddish
Book Center


I


AU LklSK








EVENT COMMITTEE
Dean Judith C. Russell
Associate Dean Samuel T. Huang
Dr. Rebecca J. W. Jefferson
Barbara Hood
Emily Madden
Gabriela Galescu

WITH SPECIAL THANKS
President J. Bernard Machen; the UF President's House;
the UF Foundation; the Price family and friends;
Beth Shalom Synagogue, Jacksonville; Professor Jack Kugelmass;
Professor Harold P. Hanson; Professor Ralph Lowenstein;
Robert Singerman; Bess Gail de Farber; Klezmer Katz; June Weltman;
Dr. Mark Greenberg; Gay Courter; Dr. Chris Monaco;
Rev. Dale S. Recinella; Aaron Lansky; Diane Bruxvoort;
Rachel Schipper; Rich Bennett; Patrick Reakes;
Misty Swain; Lela Johnson; UF Libraries' facilities team;
UF Digital Library Center staff; UF Cicerones;
Center for Jewish Studies







My pen is my harp and

my lyre; my library is my

garden and my orchard.'


- Judah Ha-Levi



















































SUp George A. Smathers
SA Libraries
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
www.uflib.ufl.edu




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Thirty Years of The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries 30th Anniversary Rededication Sunday, March 6, 2011 • 2:00 p.m.Smathers Library, Room 1AMusic by the Klezmer Katz GREETINGS Judith C. Russell, Dean, University of Florida Libraries Welcome to the guests; welcome and introduction to the UF President INTRODUCTORY REMARKS Dr. J. Bernard Machen, President, University of Florida The Significance of the Price Library of Judaica to the University of Florida SPEAKERS Dr. Harold P. Hanson, Professor Emeritus, former UF Executive Vice President Acquiring a Judaica Library for the University of Florida Robert Singerman, University Librarian Emeritus 30 Years of the Price Library: Some Reminiscences Dr. Ralph Lowenstein, Dean Emeritus, Professor, College of Journalism and Communications The Importance of the Price Library Resources for Scholarship Today Jack Kugelmass, Professor, Director, Center for Jewish Studies A Price Library Treasure: Bay Unds Yidn (Among us Jews) CLOSING REMARKS Samuel T. Huang, Associate Dean for Advancement and Development, University of Florida LibrariesLibrary West, First Floor REDEDICATION CEREMONY IN LIBRARY WEST Dr. Rebecca Jefferson and the Price Family EXHIBITION TOURS HallelujahŽ image from the facsimile of the Rothsc hild Miscellany (copyright www.facsimile-editions.com)

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WIDELY CONSIDERED THE FOREMOST JEWISH STUDIES RESEARCH COLLECTION IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES, the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica boasts in excess of 90,000 fully cataloged volumes. In terms of many of its scarce late 19th to early 20th century imprints, the Price Library of Judaica ranks among the top 20 academic libraries in the world; in the case of its Hebrew and Yiddish resources, many thousand of its holdings are shared with just ten other leading US libraries. e Price Library of Judaica was built on a core collection owned by Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkin of Chicago which, at the time of its acquisition by the University of Florida, was the largest personal library of Judaica and Hebraica in the United States. e range and depth of Mishkins collection was described by the Harvard Bibliographer Charles Berlin as superb.Ž e UF Libraries received the rst National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant awarded to a United States research library in order to partially underwrite Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkins 40,000 volume library. e NEH Grant was matched by the rst State of Florida Quality Improvement Funds. Formally dedicated in March 1981, the Universitys Judaica library was named for Isser and Rae Price, whose sons Jack and Samuel Price of Jacksonville, Florida, established a fund to support sustained development of its collections. e Price family gi was the largest single gi ever made to the libraries at that time, and it was the rst time that a special collection in the University Libraries had been endowed. irty years on, patrons will nd in the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica a Jewish studies collection of notable depth, scope and singularity. Its diversi ed holdings of uncommon research materials in English, Hebrew and other languages support scholarship in virtually every aspect of the Jewish experience. While the Price Librarys primary objective is to support the research and instructional needs of the faculty and students working within the University of Floridas Center for Jewish Studies, all researchers and readers are welcome to use the collection. THE ISSER AND RAE PRICE LIBRARY OF JUDAICA

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The drawing in the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica bookplate should be interpreted allegorically. The central concept is creation, the movement from nothingness to completion, expressed through symbols which have meaning on several levels simultaneously: the creation of the world, the creation of Judaism, the creation of wisdom and knowledge in the individual, and the creation of the library. A virtual online bookplate is now available for acknowledging donations to the library within the UF Libraries catalog. THE PRICE LIBRARY OF JUDAICA BOOKPLATE i

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THE BEST MERCHANDISEA JEW IS ON A SHIP FILLED WITH MERCHANTS. They show off their merchandise and ask the Jew, What do you have?Ž He taps his head and says, Everything I own is in here.Ž They laugh and call him a fool. Then a storm hits. The ship sinks, and everyone must swim to shore with nothing but the clothes he is wearing. They reach a city, but the merchants have nothing to sell. They have to beg in the street. A few days later, they see the Jew, well dressed and well fed. He drops some money in their begging cups, and they say to him, We had so much merchandise, but now we have nothing. You had nothing, but now you have so much. How can it be?Ž He taps his head and says, I told you that everything I own is in here. I have studied all my life, and I have knowledge. I am working as a teacher.Ž The merchants nod their heads, and all agree, Knowledge is the best merchandise.ŽSolomon and the Ant: and Other Jewish Folktales retold by Sheldon Oberman, Honesdale, Pa., 2006THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION IN JEWISH LIFE IS EXEMPLIFIED BY THE ACTIONS OF JACK AND SAMUEL PRICE WHO ESTABLISHED A LARGE ENDOWMENT FUND TO SUPPORT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDAS JUDAICA LIBRARY IN 1981. THEIR GENEROUS GIFT HAS ENABLED THE ISSER AND RAE PRICE LIBRARY OF JUDAICA TO SUPPORT TEACHING AND RESEARCH BOTH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AND AROUND THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PAST THIRTY YEARS AND BEYOND.

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Jack Price (left) with his brother Sa muel (right) and their mother Rae.The library is something for everyone to use. It has long been needed and it will live on and on. … Rae Price, 1981 We hope our gift will be a spark to get others to contribute to the library for perpetuation of Jewish learning and Jewish study, which are so important to Judaism. … Jack Price, 1981 i

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The Price Library of Judaica played a pivotal role when I was researching my childrens story, Mystery of the Missing Candlestick Its resources helped me to develop the historical backdrop for my novel, which is set in St. Augustine. I am very appreciative of this collection and all those who have contributed to preserving it and making it available to the public. … June Weltman, author of Mystery of the Missing Candlestick winner of numerous awards, including Mayhavens Award for Fiction and the Junior Historian Book Award THE PRICE LIBRARY OF JUDAICA AND ITS PATRONS I did not come to the University of Florida in 1990 to study Jewish history. That decision would not come until after I was introduced to one the Southeasts great treasures … the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica. It was in and around this outstanding library that I wrote my dissertation on Savannah Jewry. … Dr. Mark Greenberg, Head of Special Collections, University of South Florida, and author of Becoming Southern: The Jews of Savannah, Georgia, 1830-70 Robert Singerman, former librarian at the University of Floridas Judaica Library (yes, there is such a library, and it is an outstanding resource) introduced me to a book on Calcutta Jews which he thought might interest me. Indeed it did! My imagination took over and, aided by further research at the library, Flowers in the Blood was born. … Gay Courter, bestselling author of the historical novel Flowers in the Blood 1991 i i

PAGE 8

THE PRICE LIBRARY OF JUDAICA AND ITS PATRONS The Price Library is truly among the elite institutions of the United States. Its global resources were indispensible to my biography of Moses Levy, and enabled me to trace his career through diverse Jewish communities of the 19th century transAtlantic world. … Dr. Chris Monaco, author of Moses Levy of Florida: Jewish Utopian and Antebellum Reformer and winner of the Florida Historical Societys 2006 Presidential Award of Distinction It is said that the Talmud is an ocean. Standing in the wings of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida, I was confronted by dozens of bookcases filled with such oceans. My sincere gratitude belongs to Mr. Robert Singerman and his staff whose patience and excitement enhanced my efforts and kept me close to the shores of proper understanding. … Dale S. Recinella, J.D., M.T.S., Catholic Lay Chaplain, Florida Death Row, author of The Biblical Truth about Americas Death Penalty 2004 The Price Library is a treasure trove of Jewish literature and culture and a boon for students and scholars everywhere. Mazl tov on your Thirtieth Anniversary! … Aaron Lansky, author of the bestseller Outwitting History: the Amazing Adventures of a Man who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books, 2004, and President of the National Yiddish Book Center i i

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EVENT COMMITTEE Dean Judith C. Russell Associate Dean Samuel T. Huang Dr. Rebecca J. W. Je erson Barbara Hood Emily Madden Gabriela Galescu WITH SPECIAL THANKS President J. Bernard Machen; the UF Presidents House; the UF Foundation; the Price family and friends; Beth Shalom Synagogue, Jacksonville; Professor Jack Kugelmass; Professor Harold P. Hanson; Professor Ralph Lowenstein; Robert Singerman; Bess Gail de Farber; Klezmer Katz; June Weltman; Dr. Mark Greenberg; Gay Courter; Dr. Chris Monaco; Rev. Dale S. Recinella; Aaron Lansky; Diane Bruxvoort; Rachel Schipper; Rich Bennett; Patrick Reakes; Misty Swain; Lela Johnson; UF Libraries facilities team; UF Digital Library Center sta ; UF Cicerones; Center for Jewish Studies WITH SPECIAL THANKS “My pen is my harp and my lyre; my library is my garden and my orchard.”– Judah Ha-Levi i

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