Price Library of Judaica: A walk through history

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.

Each issue of Gainesville Magazine unlocks another of the city's many hidden resources.

For 62 years, the Jewish Floridian newspaper chronicled life in this state, from politics to people, through wartime and peace. Perusing the pages reveals much about the times here during the years the paper was published, between 1928 to 1990.

A complete and fully searchable database of this gem is among the resources of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida ( The library, located on the first floor of Library West on the UF campus, is the foremost Jewish studies research collection in the southeastern United States.

With more than 100,000 volumes pertaining to Jewish history and culture, it's fully accessible to the public. It includes an important collection of European Jewish community memorial (yizkor) books, as well as U.S. Jewish community histories and population studies.

Of interest to the general public will be the wealth of materials that deal with wider political issues, such as the history of Israel, and materials that pertain to Florida history. The Library's growing online collection ( provides access to key genealogical research tools, such as The Jewish Floridian newspaper ( Follow the Judaica Library on Facebook ( to keep abreast of its public programming and exhibition schedules.

— Rebecca Jefferson, head, Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica

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