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                                                    The al-Qirqisani Center for the Promotion of Karaite Studies

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Who we are
The al-Qirqisani Center for the Promotion of Karaite Studies is a cooperative of people involved in promoting the study of Karaism. Our focus is on the publication of Karaite texts (old and new), the promotion of the awareness of Karaite Judaism, and the presentation of accurate information on Karaism for the education of the public at large.

Our history
The al-Qirqisani Center for the Promotion of Karaite Studies came about after discussions between members of the Karaite community in America, and various professors in the field of Karaism...

In the early 1990s Dr. Phillip Miller of Hebrew Union College wrote a book, entitled, “Karaite Separatism in Nineteenth-Century Russia.”  At the end of the introduction to that book, he wrote:  “It is my intention that this monograph be but the first of a series of publications dealing with the Crimean Karaites in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries... There is much challenging work yet to be done, but as enjoyable and fulfilling as researching this first volume has been, it has been a singularly lonely enterprise.  As I continue, I shall welcome the company of colleagues.”  In response to this, Dr. Miller was contacted by members of the Karaite community in America, who had a proposition for him.  It was a proposition he proved eager to accept.

He and those members began to discuss the formation of a Center for the promotion of Karaite studies.  They envisioned a resource for individuals with an interest in Karaism that would facilitate communication, promote the exchange of knowledge, foster cooperation and provide access to much needed information, and support.  

It is this dream that is being realized today at  the al-Qirqisani Center for the Promotion of Karaite Studies - which takes its name from Ya‘aqov al-Qirqisani, one of the greatest scholars in the history of Karaism.

The center is now, since July 2005, under the auspices of Karaite Jewish Congregation Orah Saddiqim in Albany, NY, and directed by Hakham Avraham Ben-Rahamiël Qanaï

                The al-Qirqisani Center for the Promotion of Karaite Studies

                101 South Pearl  St, suite E9L
                Albany, NY 12207

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