Valuable Jewish and Arabic Documents to be Preserved

Cambridge University has received a grant of nearly half a million pounds to conserve and digitize its Genizah Collection of medieval Arabic and Jewish documents.

The documents were in a synagogue storage area in Cairo until a hundred years ago when their custodian entrusted them to Cambridge. The collection is considered equal in importance to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Unusually, it contains everyday writings as well as sacred texts.