The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Center holds a research library with a focus on German-Jewish history, literature, and thought. Situated within the Center, the library contains about 3,500 volumes covering a wide area of topics – from classics to contemporaries, from original literature to state of the art scholarship – in German, English, and Hebrew.
The library also contains Elazar Benyoëtz (1939-) Author's library; four special collections: The “Baruch Kurzweil memorial collection”, including around 130 books belonging to the famous historian and critique of Hebrew literature Baruch Kurzweil (1907-1972); The “Jenny Aloni memorial collection”, including around 250 books belonging to the German-Jewish writer Jenny Aloni (1917-1993); the “Yehuda Elkana memorial collection”, including around 100 books belonging to the historian and philosopher of science Prof. Yehuda Elkana (1934-2012); and a historical collection of books published in German-speaking countries from the 19th century through 1939.
Books can be perused at the Center or borrowed with special permission. As a rule, the library is open during the Center's office hours.
We are currently working on updating and reorganizing the library catalog. Please search the Bloomfield Library for the Humanities and Social Sciences Catalog or see the old library catalog.
The library is located in the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Mount Scopus, in the Rabin Building, Room 3201 B. For scheduling visits, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: +972.2.5881909
In 2021, Austrian-Israeli poet and aphorist Elazar Benyoëtz (*1939 in Wiener Neustadt), one of the initiators of the “Bibliographia Judaica” and the ensuing “Lexikon Deutsch-Jüdischer Autoren,” curated a small but essential extract of 600 books from his 10,000-volume library, one of the last and largest private book collections in Israel to contain the German-Jewish literary canon.
His author’s library, presented as a gift to the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, offers researchers a unique lens into German-Jewish literature and cultural history.