On Tuesday 16th May, we contributed an exhibition to Oxford Jewish Cultural Week. Showcasing some of the treasures of our Hebrew Book collection, including works owned and used by Rectors Richard Kilbye and Thomas Marshall and our oldest work containing Hebrew type, the exhibition also featured Library and Archive material relating to Samuel Alexander, the first professing Jew to be elected Fellow of any College in either Oxford or Cambridge. Alexander was elected Fellow of Lincoln College in 1882, but went on to be Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manchester. He was made an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College in 1918 in recognition of his international renown as a philosopher.
We were delighted to welcome 44 people over the two hours: not just members of Oxford Chabad Society, who organise Oxford Jewish Cultural Week, but also students, staff, Fellows and Supernumerary Fellows of College, Librarians from other Colleges and passing tourists. We hope to post an online version of the exhibition in Lincoln Unlocked shortly.