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Historical Collection

A part of the Ohel Jacob Library consists of a large historical collection of books offered to this synagogue by refugees from Germany, Austria and Poland during 1934 and up to 1945. Most of these books are prayer books, Chumashim (Bibles) and there are some books about German history and some in Yiddish to learn Hebrew. What makes them special is that many of them contain names and dedications of refugees and therefore are important objects for researchers in the history and Jewish liturgy.

All books, with photos of the dedications, signatures and complete bibliographical information can be searched in this catalogue. [The books have already been catalogued, but they are not yet launched in the system, so if you have questions on the subject or refugee names, you will have to contact us for now.]

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Modern Collection

A second part of the Ohel Jacob Library consists of a common collection of life support books in the current synagogue, mainly in Portuguese language and about Judaism, being important for studies, learning about the Judaism in general, about Progressive Judaism, Jewish culture, Hebrew learning, study of the weekly portion, and more.

The library is open before and after the services and the books can be used by members of the congregation. Learn how to become a member here.

Some of the authors presented in the Ohel Jacob Library

Irving M BummRabbi Kalman PackouzPaul JohnsonMendes dos RemédiosAlfred J. KolatchMoshe GrylakAuro Del GiglioNorman LammRabbi Benjamim BlechAdin Éven Yisrael (Steinsaltz)Rabbi Eliahu BirnbaumProf. Shalom RosenbergGabrielle Sed-RajnaIsidore EpsteinRobert M. SeltzerHoward SacharNathan AusubelGershon ScholemHarry Rabinowicz, Llan Brenman, Marc-Alain OuaKmin e Dory Rotnemer, Henry D. Spalding, Aryeh KaplanMoshe Chaim LuzzattoAlan Unterman, David ZumerKorn, Albin Michel, Abraham Assor, Manis FriedmanAbraham J.Twerski, Binyan Olam, Tinchas Stolper, Morrison David Bial, Andrew M. GreeleyJacob NeusnerMartin Gilbert, Alexandre Teixeira Mendes, Arnold Diesendruck, Diane Lisbona Kuperman, Ladina, Hélio Daniel Cordeiro, Isolina Bresolin, Graça Calvão, Graça Sá Fernandes, João Medine, Marina Pignatelli, Moshe Lazar, Brenda Bacon, Guilherme Faignenboim, Paulo Valadas, Ana Rosa Campagnano, Rabbi Sidney Greenberg, L. Markowitz, Lydia KuKoff, Bernard J. Bamberg, Deborah Pessin, Dorothy K. Kripke, Morris Epstein, Paul Steinberg, Dona Z., entre muitos outros.

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The synagogue of Progressive rite, the only Askenazi synagogue in Portugal, founded in 1934. Affiliate member of EUPJ/WUPJ (European Union of Progressive Judaism/World Union of Progressive Judaism) since April 2016.