Museums Large and Small Make an Impact
The Jewish Museum, one of the world's largest and most important institutions devoted to exploring the remarkable scope and diversity of Jewish culture, was founded in 1904 in the library of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where it was housed for more than four decades. Since 1947, it has been located along New York's Museum Mile, in the elegant former residence of the Warburg family.
The Jewish Museum's permanent collection numbers more than 26,000 objects -- paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, ethnographic material, archaeological artifacts, numismatics, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media materials -- is the largest and most important of its kind in the world. The Museum regularly presents large temporary exhibitions that interpret art and artifacts through the lens of social history. The Museum also regularly presents the works of contemporary artists in group exhibitions.
For nearly a century, The Jewish Museum has illuminated the Jewish experience, both secular and religious, demonstrating the strength of Jewish identity and culture. It is a source of education, inspiration and shared human values for people of all cultures. Its unparalleled collection, unique exhibitions, and innovative education programs offers opportunities for exploring multiple facets of the Jewish experience, past and present, and for educating current and future generations.
The Rabbi Irving and Marly Koslowe Judaica Gallery is located in the main lobby of the Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck, NY, provides a striking and thought-provoking welcome to this multi-faceted spiritual, educational, cultural and community center. The Gallery’s exhibitions and programs invite WJC members and visitors to experience, participate in, and celebrate the richness of Jewish heritage and rejoice in its relevance today.
The award-winning exhibition space is home to revolving exhibitions that mirror the Jewish world in microcosm. Through fine art, folk art and photography, thematic shows are culled from contemporary artists, historical content, and members’ collection.
Recent exhibitions have included a poster series from Voices and Visions; paintings, manipulated photographs and sculptures by Elyssa Wortzman; illustrations by Julie Wohl; pottery by Susan Miller; and currently, a retrospective of work by the mixed media artist Fran Gallun (above).
The Temple Judea Museum at Temple Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA was founded in 1984 to contain the merged Judaica collections of two Philadelphia–area synagogues, Temple Judea, and Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.
The Temple Judea Museum has as its mission the presentation of Judaica, the visual objects that signify the observances of Judaism. The mandate of the museum begins with a collection of almost 1,000 objects: its preservation, growth, exhibition, and use as an educational tool. The Temple sanctuary also features magnificent stained glass windows by Jacob Landau.
The museum's collection contains artifacts from countries around the world, among them the United States, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia, Egypt, Turkey, France, Hungary, Holland, England and Israel. Holdings include a fine assortment of antiquities from ancient Israel, a comprehensive textile collection, books, paintings, prints, photographs, and a variety of ephemera that complement the many precious and rare objects preserved in this collection.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington DC, the USHMM provides for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy.
Since its opening in 1993, the Museum has welcomed 36 million visitors, including 96 heads of state, and more than ten million school-age children. The Museum website, the world's leading online authority on the Holocaust, is available in 15 languages and is visited by more than 7 million people each year, represented more than 225 countries and territories.
The USHMM's collections contain more than 12,750 artifacts, 49 million pages of archival documents, 80,000 historical photographs, 200,000 registered survivors, 1,000 hours of archival footage, 84,000 library items, and 9,000 oralhistory testimonies.
The Museum's self-guided permanent exhibition, occupying three floors, offers a comprehensive historical narrative. It is complemented by Remember the Children: Daniel's story and rotating temporary exhibitions.