Beloved Educational Television character Kishkashta.
Beloved Educational Television character Kishkashta. Photo by Oren Golan
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Israeli Educational Television and Harvard University have signed an agreement under which the U.S. educational institution will purchase 1,000 episodes of original Israeli programs for the digital database of the university's research libraries.

Among the programs being included in the arrangement are "Hotze Israel," "Kria Rishona" and "Ibn Gabirol pinat Yehuda Halevy."

ETV declined to say how much Harvard was paying for the programs.

In a joint statement, Harvard and ETV said the purpose of the deal was to expand Harvard's database on the culture and the history of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

In 2008 the Israel Broadcasting Authority signed a similar agreement with Harvard, under which the university was to provide NIS 7 million toward digitizing the archive in return for receiving a digital copy of every item, for research purposes. The digitizing process was never completed because the IBA had difficulty fulfilling the agreement.

At the time, Israel Radio archive head Motti Amir said the head of Harvard Library's Judaica Division, Charles Berlin, "had made it a goal to preserve every Jewish item that had ever been written or recorded. During a meeting with me, he expressed the importance of saving the [IBA] archive by saying that if there would ever not be a State of Israel, at least there would be a memory of it."