Palestine Post (Jerusalem Post) headline, May 16 1948. Jpress - Historic Jewish Press Archive.


Unorthodox visits the National Library of Israel and spotlights items in its collection

“Unorthodox is exploring the collection of the National Library of Israel in a new segment called The Archive. On each installment, Liel Leibovitz visits the library and talks with curators about some of their most prized items, letters, and manuscripts.” -Tablet Podcasts


Francesco Cerrone diary, part of the National Library of Israel’s Operation Diary: The Founding Generation for Israel’s 75th (Courtesy Uri Bareket/National Library of Israel)

National Library Seeks Personal Diaries and Accounts from 1948

“The National Library of Israel is gathering diaries and personal written accounts from the period of the establishment of the State of Israel, part of its Operation Diary: The Founding Generation for Israel’s 75th.

The project is meant to highlight the personal stories and circumstances documented by famous people, such as poet Hannah Szenes, as well as ordinary folk who were caught up in the extraordinary circumstances of those times.

The Library is inviting the public to search their homes in hopes of discovering additional accounts of those historic times, with the aim of including more personal experiences in documenting social history.”

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CNN Names New NLI Building A Top 10 Architectural Project for 2023

At the end of each year, CNN’s Style column lists the top architecture projects to look forward to in the coming one. We’re delighted to report that the new National Library of Israel building, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, topped the list for 2023. These projects must be notable for 1. design, 2. potential cultural impact, or 3. the conversations they will likely generate. We think the new building meets all three criteria. We’re also proud that CNN noted, “the design is intended to reflect the institution’s values of openness and accessibility.”

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There are so many ways to learn from and about the National Library of Israel…

The Librarians, the National Library of Israel’s blog, contains a vast array of timely and in-depth articles related to the Library’s collections. Explore and learn!

The National Library of Israel receives wide press coverage on the latest developments at the Library, including features inspired by our collections, programs, and experts. Enjoy the curated English-language articles below.

Each month, the Library, in partnership with NLI USA, offers a summary update for the international community on select happenings at the Library. Check out the most recent newsletters.

Meggilat Rut, a gift for Shavuot, the Likkud party religious division, the National Library of Israel

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