KTAV Publishing House
|Founder||Asher and Feiga (Fannie) Scharfstein|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Brooklyn, New York|
|Key people||Moshe Heller, Levi Rodal, Raphaël Freeman, Akiva Atwood|
|Nonfiction topics||Judaica and Jewish educational texts|
Founded in 1924, it has been among the most notable publishers of Judaica and Jewish educational texts since the middle of the 20th century. In 2004, Ktav was designated a Parents' Choice Award-Winning company.
Ktav Publishing House was founded in 1924, and took on its name in the late 1920s when it began publishing notebooks. It has been among the most notable publishers of Judaica and Jewish educational texts since the middle of the 20th century. Sol and Bernie Scharfstein took over Ktav from their parents, becoming co-owners.
Ktav has over the years been located on Canal Street in Manhattan, in Hoboken, New Jersey, Jersey City, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. From 1984 when it moved from Manhattan, and as of 1992, the publishing house was located in Hoboken's industrial district, and was part of a $3-million-a-year publishing and novelty enterprise.
Ktav was as of 1992 run by Sol Scharfstein (who handled the textbook division) and his younger brother Bernie Scharfstein (who handled administrative matters, and oversaw scholarly and theological works).
Ktav in 1992 had a catalog of over 700 titles, and in 2008 its catalog included textbooks, siddurs (Jewish prayer books), scholarly works, and books on spirituality. It published approximately 25 new books every year in 1992, and 15 or 16 new books every year in 2008. Some of Ktav's books were anticipated to sell only a few hundred copies, while others were anticipated to sell in greater numbers.
As of 2014, Moshe Heller is now the owner and CEO of Ktav.
- "About KTAV; Scharfstein Family Saga". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- Andy Newman (December 20, 1992). "Where the Elves Wear Yarmulkes". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- Johanna Ginsberg (August 7, 2008). "Publisher, 86, still thrills at the chance to inspire; As Ktav's co-owner, Sol Scharfstein puts faith in written word". New Jersey Jewish News. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- Robert Milch (1962). The illustrated new concise Jewish encyclopedia. Ktav Pub. House. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- "Jolly Toymaker is Filling Orders". Deseret News. November 26, 1994. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- "Parents' Choice Award-Winning Company: KTAV Publishing House, Inc". Parents' Choice. 2004. Retrieved November 5, 2014.