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Prenumeranten: What We Can Learn From Subscription Lists in Hebrew Books

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

Starting in the late 1700s, many Hebrew and Jewish books included lists of people who subscribed to the book before it was printed, thus helping to fund the work’s publication.

These subscription lists, known as “prenumeranten”, are a gold mine of information on historical reading habits, names, growth of communities, travel routes, local institutions, and more. The lists have been largely overlooked by scholars until now. Rabbi Elli Fischer for a fascinating discussion on the groundbreaking Prenumeranten Project and some of its initial findings. This event will take place at 12:00 pm ET/7:00 pm Israel Time

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Rabbi Elli Fischer

Rabbi Elli Fischer is a writer, translator, editor, and heritage travel consultant. He has rabbinical ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and is pursuing a doctorate in Modern European Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. His chief interests are rabbinic biography, the history of halakha, and the interaction between religion and state in Israel.His original writing has appeared in a variety of Jewish publications, and he has translated and edited popular and acclaimed books. Prior to moving to Israel, he was the JLIC campus rabbi at the University of Maryland. He maintains a lively social media presence.
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The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The National Library of Israel serves as the dynamic institution of collective memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths – past, present and future. Through its world-class collections and a range of innovative digital, educational and cultural initiatives, the National Library works to share the stories of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and its region.
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