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The German Judaica Collection of Yosef Goldman

Identifier: AR 25802

Scope and Content Note

The German Judaica Collection of Yosef Goldman consists of various types of printed Judaica collected by Yosef Goldman, with one series consisting of books and the other two of archival documents. The collection includes books, newspaper clippings and pamphlets, and decrees. This finding aid lists each book in the library and item in the archival collection.

Series I contains the books of this collection, located in the LBI Library. Many of these books are legal texts or pertain to historical events related to German-Jewish history. Series II contains documents that were originally part of the Leopold Zunz Library that was acquired by Yosef Goldman and comprise newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and other documentation that relate to various topics such as the Jewish community of Berlin, Jewish communities, schools, and education, Jewish topics and events, and documents of individuals. Series III consists of an assortment of decrees that pertain to regulations on Jewish life in German-speaking areas.


  • 1519-1934

Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German, with small amounts of Latin, Italian, English, and Dutch.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Reserve" button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical and Historical Notes

Yosef Goldman was a scholar of American Jewish history and the co-author of the two-volume reference work: Hebrew Printing in America 1735-1926: A History and Annotated Bibliography (2006), a standard bibliography in the field. Goldman was born in 1942 in Újpest (also known as Newpest), a district of Budapest, Hungary, into a Hasidic family. His father, Rabbi Lipa Goldman, was a Chief Rabbi and Av Beis Din of an Orthodox Jewish community in Újpest. In 1950, his family emigrated to the United States and lived in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City. Goldman studied at the Rabbinical seminary Beth Medrash Elyon of Monsey, New York. By profession, Goldman was a dealer of rare Jewish and Hebrew books and manuscripts and was known as a leading figure in this field. He passed away on August 4, 2015. He also had an unparalleled collection of early American Judaica and Hebraica and other rare Judaica which was sold after his death.


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A collection of printed rare German Judaica assembled by the scholar and collector Yosef Goldman. The collection consists of books, pamphlets, and decrees.

Other Finding Aid

Inventories for archival documents are included in their respective boxes in Series II and Series III.

Separated Material

The books of Series I of this collection are located in the LBI Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States