Raquel Ukeles

Raquel Ukeles is curator of the Islam and Middle East collections of the National Library of Israel.
Jerusalem: City of the Book
Benjamin Disraeli said, “The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.” Merav Mack presents Jerusalem as the locus where some of the world’s most enduring ideas were put into words, while Simon Goldhill provides a tour through the history of this most image-filled and ideology-laden city – from the Old City to the Holy Sepulchre. Raquel Ukeles chairs the conversation, exploring the central positon of Lib...
The Cairo Genizah
For a millennium the Jewish community of Old Cairo placed their old books and other writings, from marriage contracts and love letters, to children’s drawings and even drafts from the hands of Maimonides, in a genizah, or storeroom, of the Ben Ezra Synagogue. In 1896 Dr Solomon Schechter, a Talmudic scholar, was granted permission by the Jewish community of Egypt to take all he liked to Cambridge. He ‘liked it all’ and took 193,000 manuscripts. This treasure trove from Cairo...