The National Library of Israel (NLI) tells the historical, cultural and intellectual story of the Jewish people worldwide, the State of Israel, and the Land of Israel throughout the ages.
NLI’s treasures include the largest collection of written Judaica ever amassed, significant handwritten works by luminaries such as Maimonides and Sir Isaac Newton, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, and archival collections of leading cultural and intellectual figures including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, and Natan Sharansky. NLI holds the greatest collection of Jewish and Israeli music recordings, as well as world-class collections of manuscripts, ancient maps, rare books, photographs, communal records, ephemera, and more. All of this comes to life—and to you—through cultural events, programs, tours, and festivals.
NLI USA is sharing this story.
We are partners with NLI to ensure that as many people as possible enjoy the treasures and associated cultural programs that bring life to its collections, and we build support for NLI.
Acclaimed author and journalist Matti Friedman, in conversation with renowned author Nicole Krauss, probes the rarely told account of Leonard Cohen’s experience with Israeli soldiers during the Yom Kippur War.
Supporting the research of academics and students in the NLI’s main areas of expertise: Judaism, Israel, Islam and the Middle East, including primary sources, reference materials, and academic journals.