Charles Berlin

Charles Berlin

Lee M. Friedman Bibliographer in Judaica; Head, Judaica Division
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Widener Library

Charles Berlin has a B.A., M. A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University, a B. J. Ed. and an M. H. L. from Hebrew College, and an M. S. from Simmons College School of Library Science.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation of New York; a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of JPress, the online archive of Jewish press maintained by the National Library of Israel and Tel Aviv University; and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies. He is a past president of the Association for Jewish Libraries and is one of the founders of the Association for Jewish Studies and has served as its Treasurer and as its Executive Secretary. He also served as Chairman of the Harvard Jewish Faculty Luncheon Group and as a Trustee of Hebrew College.

He has served as a Judaica consultant to various institutions including U. of Florida, U. of Texas, Emory U., Yeshiva U., George Washington U.,  Hebrew Union College,  and New York Public Library.

His publications include Harvard Judaica: a History and Description of the Judaica Collection in the Harvard College Library (Cambridge MA, 2004) and Harvard Judaica in the 21st Century (Cambridge MA, 2014), as well as editing various exhibition and collection catalogs related to the Harvard Judaica Collection. A complete list and online copies of most publications are available in Hollis.


  • Collection Development


  • Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • German
  • French