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Film ‘From Cairo to the Cloud – The World of the Cairo Geniza’
The Taylor-Schechter Cairo Genizah Collection at Cambridge University Library is the world's largest and most important single collection of medieval Jewish manuscripts. For a thousand years, the Jewish community of Fustat (Old Cairo), placed their worn-out books and other writings in a storeroom (Genizah) of the Ben Ezra Synagogue, and in 1896–97 the Cambridge scholar, Dr Solomon Schechter arrived to examine it. He received permission from the Jewish community of Egypt to take away what he liked (explaining later, ‘I liked it all’), and he brought 193,000 manuscripts back to Cambridge, where they form the Taylor-Schechter Cairo Genizah Collection. This remarkable new film brings viewers a lively, deeply informed introduction to one of the world’s most astonishing collections of documents about the Middle East. Discussion following with Michael Kent.
Sponsor: Soloway JCC and the Sephardi Association of Ottawa