Celebrating a Local Hero

Washington Heights Street Renamed for Soviet Jewry Activist Jacob Birnbaum On October 18, a street in Yeshiva University’s own neighborhood of Washington Heights, New York, was renamed to honor the memory of Jacob Birnbaum, a prominent activist who began his monumental work on behalf of Soviet Jewry right around the corner from YU. Birnbaum, who […]

“Prague- The Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437” Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum to Feature Library’s 1489 Illuminated Bible

A rare 15th -century Hebrew Bible, held by Yeshiva University’s Mendel Gottesman Library, will be on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City from September 20, 2005-January 3, 2006 as part of its “Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437” exhibition. Valued at $3 million, the 1489 Bible is a Hebrew manuscript written and dated in the city of Prague. The late Ludwig Jesselson, former chairman of the YU Board of Trustees, together with his wife, Erica, arranged for the Bible to be presented to Yeshiva University (YU). Mrs. Jesselson is chair of Yeshiva University Museum Board of Directors. The Jesselson family is well known for its philanthropy and communal leadership, and family members are avid collectors of Judaica.