Remembering Leah Adler

An Emotional Tribute to a Beloved and Respected Librarian

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, family, friends and colleagues gathered on the fifth floor of the Mendel Gottesman Library to pay a poignant and heartfelt tribute to Leah Adler z”l, who passed away at the age of 72 this past May.

Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva UniversityAmong the more than 150 people who filled the space was Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University, who, as a cousin, was close to Adler and her family. As he spoke about the affectionate ways that she and others in the Adler family always treated him, he became visibly moved, having to pause several times to gather himself before he could continue speaking.

Many others also stepped forward to offer their praise, memories and condolences: Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Paul Glassman, director of university libraries; Aryeh Jesselson, her brother; Michael Jesselson, treasurer of the YU Board of Trustees; Rabbi Baruch Simon, rosh yeshiva and the Colonel Jehiel R. Elyachar Professor of Talmud; Rabbi Dr. Shnayer Leiman, visiting professor of Jewish history and literature at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies; Pearl Berger, the retired dean of YU libraries; Shuli Berger, curator of special collections; and Rabbi Moshe Schapiro, reference librarian.

Also distributed was a booklet of remembrances compiled by Elinor Grumet, Hindishe Lee and Rina Krautwirth, reference and instruction librarians;  Chaya Sarah (Hallie) Cantor, acquisitions associate; and Sam Ormianer, project manager for the Office of the Dean. There is also a video available for viewing.