Family members and friends of Lucille “Twink” Klau Carothers, along with members of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion family, gathered on Sunday, May 19, in the Klau Library on HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Klau Library Renovation and dedicate the Lucille Klau Carothers American Jewish Periodical Center.
Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, dean of the campus, welcomed the guests and noted that this gift to the Klau Library will enable scholars from all over the world to have access to the library’s collections.
Yoram Bitton, director of Libraries, commented that the Cincinnati Klau Library is the “crown jewel of the library system.” Laurel Wolfson, library director of the Cincinnati campus, described the Klau Library’s renovation 10 years ago and the need to respond to the changing needs of the users.
Dr. David Gilner, director of Libraries Emeritus and director of the Lucille Klau Carothers Periodical Center, remarked that he is truly grateful, especially to the Klau family and to Twink. This gift automated the Cincinnati Klau Library as well as the libraries on the New York and Los Angeles campuses of HUC-JIR, with the ability to now collect and disseminate information in an electronic format.
Ellen Kerr, the daughter of Lucille “Twink” Klau Carothers, spoke on behalf of her family and thanked the HUC-JIR administration for “helping perpetuate the dream of Dr. Nelson Glueck and my grandfather, David Klau.” At the conclusion of the program, she unveiled a new sign recognizing the Lucille Klau Carothers American Jewish Periodical Center, a gift of the LKC Foundation providing digital access to the Jewish newspapers of the Americas.