Introduction to The Harold M. Schulweis Institute Library
During almost 64 years in the rabbinate, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis has established a unique global legacy of scholarship, creativity, and spiritual expression. Through his initiatives and innovations in Jewish communal life, worship, Jewish ethics, ecumenical dialogue, and Jewish learning, Rabbi Schulweis has enriched the lives of Jews and others around the world. His work has shaped modern Judaism. In order to preserve and expand this legacy, his congregation, Valley Beth Shalom, has created The Harold M. Schulweis Institute — A Center for Jewish Learning.
Fundamental to the Institute and its mission is an on-line library at www.schulweisinstitute.org that collects, preserves, and disseminates Rabbi Schulweis’ writing and oratory for future generations through the largest congregation of his distinguished career — the world wide congregation of the internet.
The Harold M. Schulweis Institute Library has been built as a living legacy in the spirit of Rabbi Schulweis’ vision of Jewish life. Its mission is to preserve and make available his essays, articles, transcripts and digital recordings of sermons and addresses, selected letters, and monographs.
The library contains the world’s largest collection of Rabbi Schulweis’ material legacy — an online library of over 750 catalogued items including digital audio and video recordings of his sermons, lectures, classes, interviews, and award ceremonies, distinguished recordings of many of his colleagues, and a large collection of digitized readable copies of his sermons, poetry, monographs, and published and unpublished articles and manuscripts. All are indexed and accessible through keyword or category searches from the “Online Libraries” tab at the top of the website home page. Building the on-line library is an on-going effort of the Institute as more recordings and documents are found and processed for on-line access. All library content is available, with attribution, for downloading, reprint, or other usage, at no fee.
A Personal Message from Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis
Another reason d’être for respecting and appreciating the potential impact of the library on each of us is this profound personal quote from Rabbi Schulweis:
“I was raised in a highly intellectualized universe. In that world, the text was all. The written text was to be studied, and transmitted. The book was sacred. If you dropped it, you quickly picked it up and quietly kissed it. If the book was left open, it was immediately closed, for left open it was an insult to the word. A book accidentally placed on the shelf upside down was an offense to be righted. The library was the sacred center of the home. All of my friends had libraries. When Malkah and I were married, one of the first purchases was an inexpensive series of glass bricks which would hold up the shelves of books.”
- Harold M. Schulweis
The Harold M. Schulweis Institute Library has been created to preserve these worldly values of Rabbi Schulweis.
Preserving the Legacy
The Audio, Video and Document Libary
Extending the Legacy
Inreach & Outreach Advocacy
Enhancing the Legacy
The Creative Arts Program