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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Oxford University’s Corpus Christi College, The Center for Jewish History and Yeshiva University Museum will present breath-taking treasures seen in America for the first time. “500 Years of Treasures from Oxford” chronicles Corpus Christi College’s pioneering role in the study of scripture, humanities and sciences over the course of five centuries. The extraordinary exhibit features an array of ancient manuscripts, early printed books and Tudor silver. The Hebrew collection has been called the most important collection of Anglo-Jewish manuscripts in the world. The College’s Special Collections are normally kept in a vault and rarely accessible, except to researchers.

The exhibition will be open at Yeshiva University Museum, based at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street), from May 14, 2017 through August 6, 2017. Among the 50 scintillating works are a 1,000-year old Greek manuscript, a design by Dürer and the first publications of the scientific revolution. Visitors will see a late 12th-century Ashkenazi siddur (book of daily prayers), thought to be the oldest extant anywhere. Owned by a Sephardic Jew from the Iberian Peninsula who had emigrated to England, it contains his hand-written notes in Judeo-Arabic on his business dealings. Other priceless objects include a 13th-century manuscript of Samuel and Chronicles that was used by Christians to learn Hebrew and two of the oldest manuscripts of Rashi in the world.

The show also marks the 500th anniversary of Corpus Christi College’s foundation as the first Renaissance college at Oxford and a center of cross-cultural, cross-religious study. Dazzling illuminated works of literature including Piers Plowman and The Canterbury Tales sit alongside texts revealing Renaissance methods in the study of Greek and Latin. The display also contains early printed scientific books exploring the natural and medical worlds – including contemporary sketches of Galileo’s observations of the moon’s surface and a private letter written by Isaac Newton in which he discusses his theory about the orbits of comets.

Exhibition hours:

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., (Free 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Free)

Exhibition admission fees:

Adults: $8

Seniors: $6

Students: $6

CJH & YUM Members: Free

Yeshiva University faculty, administration & students (ID required): Free

Children under 5: Free

Corpus Christi alumni: Free

Link: http://cjh.org/oxford

A rich series of programming at the Center for Jewish History will complement the exhibition – lectures, gallery talks and docent-led tours. Dates and speakers include:

Thursday, June 15: Brad Sabin Hill

Tuesday, June 20: Roger Cohen (columnist, The New York Times)

Wednesday, July 12: Lenn Goodman (Vanderbilt University)

Tuesday, July 25: Gerard Baker (editor-in-chief, The Wall Street Journal)

About the Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The collections span a thousand years, with more than five miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs.

The Center’s experts are leaders in unlocking archival material for a wide audience through the latest practices in digitization, library science, and public education. As one of the world’s foremost research institutions, the Center offers fellowships, a wide array of exhibitions, symposia, conferences and lectures. The Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate, and is a partner of the Google Cultural Institute.

The Center for Jewish History is home to the Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, The David Berg Rare Book Room and The Collection Management & Conservation Wing. Public programs create opportunities for diverse audiences to explore the rich historical and cultural material that lives within the Center’s walls. www.cjh.org