This compelling documentary tells the story of the Cairo Geniza, a vast treasure trove of manuscripts hidden for centuries in the geniza, or sacred storeroom, of an ancient synagogue in Cairo. After their scholarly discovery in the nineteenth century, these priceless documents, spanning nearly a thousand years of Jewish life, were dispersed to libraries around the world. Today, thanks to an unprecedented international effort, the Geniza archive has been digitally reunited in the “cloud,” freely accessible online to everyone, everywhere. Professor Ryan Szpiech will provide a historical background about the Geniza, discuss the film with the filmmaker, and answer questions from the audience.
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