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Amsterdam, Ets Haim - Livraria Montezinos
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The oldest still active Jewish library in the world, Ets Haim - Livraria Montezinos in Amsterdam was founded in 1616 as a school and a library for the converso community which had come from the Iberian Peninsula to Amsterdam in the course of the sixteenth century. The school had a unique curriculum and the library now holds one of the most important Sephardic collections in the world.

The Sephardic library Ets Haim – Livraria Montezinos in Amsterdam, is the oldest active Jewish library in the world. It holds a special position in the history of Jewish librarie…

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Warncke, Heide, “Amsterdam, Ets Haim - Livraria Montezinos”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_SIM_031615>
First published online: 2022



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