From the end of 1948 to the fall of 1950, Alaska participated in the airlift of 50,000 Jews from Yemen to the new country, in an exercise known as Operation Magic Carpet. British and American transport planes participated, with the majority of the flights apparently operated by Alaska Airlines after then-president James Wooten was moved by the plight of the Yemeni Jews. Airline employees flew in perilous conditions while helping to fulfill a Biblical prophecy that said the Yemenite Jews would return to their homeland ‘on the wings of eagles." Alaska made approximately 430 flights under treacherous conditions. The exhibit includes artifacts, such as the jacket worn by pilot Warren Metzger, video footage of pilots sharing their airlift experiences, and an interactive map showing the routes the planes flew while transporting refugees.
New York based photographer Dina Kantor uses portrait photography to explore what it means to be Finnish and Jewish. Raised in Minnesota, Kantor was lured to Finland in 2006 to connect to an unknown aspect of her heritage and to explore what contemporary Jewishness might be like in the remote Nordic region. Her hypnotic series registers the cultural signifiers and traditions of Finland's small Jewish communities. In a nation of only 5.3 million people with just two Jewish synagogues, Kantor considers the ways a specific small community maintains identity, customs and traditions as we become increasingly pluralistic.
To celebrate The London Group's momentous centenary year in 2013, Ben Uri and The London Group are working together with two simultaneous exhibitions. Ben Uri has curated and is hosting this major historical exhibition, examining the first half century in the group's turbulent history, while The London Group will hold a separate, complementary, contemporary exhibition showcasing work by its current members at The Cello Factory, London SE1. The London Group's controversial early years reflect the upheavals associated with the introduction of early British modernism and the experimental work of many of its members. Featured artists include ground-breaking early modernists such as Sickert, Fry, Gaudier-Brzeska, Nash, Wadsworth, and more recently, Hepworth, Moore, Chadwick and Kossoff.
In richly detailed photographs, David Kaufman has captured many inherently beautiful spaces across the Polish landscape, ranging from ruined memorial gardens to restored places of worship. His work reveals the striking complexity of a place slowly embracing its Jewish past and present. The exhibition is part of Holocaust Education Week.
We all know that people look different. Throughout history, those differences have been a source of strength, community and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression. And while those differences are socially and culturally real, contemporary scientific understanding of race and human variation is complex and may challenge how we think about it. RACE: Are We So Different? explores three themes: the everyday experience of race, the contemporary science that is challenging common ideas about race, and the history of this idea in the United States.
Through approximately thirty photographic images and selected ephemera drawn from important archives and museum collections, as well as sound, moving images, and interpretive text, this intimate exhibition presents a concise overview of the history of the kibbutz movement in Israel, from the early settlements of 1909 to the present day. It also looks at the transformation of the kibbutz as Israel has become increasingly urban and modernized, and the movement's influence on American and Bay Area Jewish life.
Presenting new work by three artists, Work in Progress: Considering Utopia encourages visitors to consider the concept of utopia both in a Jewish context and from a contemporary perspective that emphasizes community and participation. Two videos and five photographs by Oded Hirsch feature members of the artist's kibbutz engaging in communal activities. Ohad Meromi's striking sculptural installation inspired by the Chadar Ochel [dining hall] of the kibbutz encourages discussions about the meaning of utopia today, and Elisheva Biernoff's interactive magnet painting allows visitors to construct their own utopian vista.
The first major exhibition in the United States to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), whose beloved children's books include Whistle for Willie(1964), Peter's Chair (1967), and The Snowy Day (1962)-the first modern full-color picture book to feature an African American protagonist.
Arnold Lobel (1933-1987), was the award-winning author and illustrator of some of the most beloved children's books produced since the late 1960s. Included amongst these are the classic early readers in the Frog and Toad series (1971-79), Mouse Soup (1977), and Fables (1980), which was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal. The exhibition features over one hundred original illustrations and works on paper highlighting Lobel's detailed illustration technique and warm, funny tales of love and friendship, mostly among animal friends. Lobel subtly reflected on human foibles in a charming world populated by a talking frog, a toad, an owl, mice, kangaroos, and other colorful creatures.
The first West Coast museum exhibition for the up-and-coming Chicago-based artist. Lazarus (American, b. 1975) is known for using both traditional photography and found or solicited images and texts to create installations that explore private and public realms of experience, and the ways they often overlap. Equal parts art maker, collector, archivist, and organizer, Lazarus actively engages the public in the creation and consideration of his work. The exhibition includes a site-specific installation of Lazarus' ongoing archive of over 3,000 donated photographs deemed "too hard to keep"; an installation of re-created signs from the Occupy Movement; a piece featuring a student of classical piano learning to play Frédéric Chopin's Nocturne in F Minor, op. 55, no. 1, live in the gallery; and several recent photographs and mixed media pieces.
Lynda Caspe began a series of relief sculptures inspired by familiar stories from the Bible in 2007 and has continued to create additional works in bronze as recently as this summer. Inspired by the style of early Italian Renaissance bronze reliefs, Caspe's modernist practice is evident in the roughness of finish and emphasis on process in her work. The stories she reinterprets include The Judgment of Solomon, Jacob and the Angel, Cain and Abel, The Binding of Isaac, The Story of Jonah, Joseph in the Pit and The Pharaoh and his Army, among others. The exhibition in the Derfner Judaica Museum is comprised of the 12 reliefs in the series, related drawings and an example of one of Caspe's wax maquettes.
Most of the paintings in this exhibition of 14 cityscapes offer rooftop views painted from a window. The tightly packed buildings in a shallow space reflect the urban density. Unlike the grandeur of more typical skyline views, these compositions present humble, yet familiar scenes. A resident of Tribeca, Caspe is fascinated with the downtown neighborhood's quintessential rooftop architecture. The geometries unfold as rhythmic, pulsating color planes that capture the city's energy and unique qualities of atmosphere, light and emotion. On view in the Gilbert Pavilion Gallery.
Multi-media visual artist Hanan Harchol mines personal family psychodynamics to illuminate the complexity of ethical values in contemporary life. Highly charged conversations between the artist and his parents, depicted in animated videos and powerful, expressionist drawings, offer unexpected perspectives on the themes of envy, repentance, forgiveness, gratitude, love and fear, humility, and faith. Featuring the world premiere of two new animated videos by Hanan Harchol: "Humility" and "Faith"
Exodus tells us to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy." Over 50 leading international artists have created new works exploring the 21st-century meaning of Shabbat with joy, ingenuity, intellectual commitment, and profound beauty.
There are many dividing lines in this nation's most bitter struggle - at Gettysburg, Manassas, Antietam ... and Baltimore Street? The JMM presents a sesquicentennial exhibition and tour marking the war that not only divided the nation but split our community. Passages through the Fire explores how the Civil War was a crucible for American Jews, laying the groundwork for their integration and Americanization on a large scale. It enabled the full participation of Jews in American life - militarily, politically, economically and socially - and set the stage for massive Jewish immigration decades later. Organized by the American Jewish Historical Society and Center for Jewish History.
This major exhibition explores a significant but neglected period in the artist's career from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile to New York. One of the foremost modernists of the 20th century, Chagall (1887-1985) created his unique style by drawing on elements from richly colored folk art motifs, the Russian Christian icon tradition, Cubism, and Surrealism. Beginning with the evocative paintings from his years in France, the exhibition illuminates an artist deeply responsive to the suffering inflicted by war and to his own personal losses and intimate sorrows. The exhibition includes 31 paintings and 22 works on paper, as well as selected letters, poems, photos, and ephemera.
The attitudes of Kahn's papier-mache birds allude to the hustle and bustle of everyday life; the colors and teeny patterning suggest the satisfying, time consuming nature of raising our young; and the male and female personas speak to the complexity and humor of modern families and relationships. Goetz uses people, animals, beings, and elements of landscape, symbolically or playfully, as totems in her work, with color choices inspired by crayon boxes, old holiday cards, or travels in South America.
The 1894 court martial of French army Captain Alfred Dreyfus was the world's first "trial of the century" - a media spectacle fueled by government misinformation and blatant anti-Semitism, all orchestrated in the name of national security. The case had a global impact, nearly destroying France's reputation among civilized nations, sowing the seeds of future wars and even indirectly inspiring the birth of the modern Zionist movement. Created by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage with the collaboration of the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair, this world-premiere exhibition recaptures the atmosphere of Paris of the 1890s through original materials, photographs, music and films of the era, revealing the full scope of the conspiracy against Dreyfus, the motivations of the principle characters and the lengths they would go to convict an innocent man.
Between 1933 and 1941, thousands of Jews in flight from Nazi persecution sought haven in the United States, reaching out to relatives, friends, and even strangers. Against the Odds tells the story of American Jews who answered their call for help. Working within the constraints of American laws that strictly limited immigration, these generous individuals overcame tremendous obstacles to help many of the refugees reach safety.
On a Saturday morning in 1922 - just two years after the historic vote that guaranteed American women the right to vote - Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, became the first American girl to mark her bat mitzvah during a public worship service. Through photographs, stories, audio, and artifacts, the traveling exhibit Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age illustrates the determination of girls, their parents, and their rabbis to challenge and change communal values and practice and institute this now widely-performed Jewish ritual that has helped to reshape American Judaism. OJM is expanding the exhibit to include a look into the history and tradition of the bat mitzvah in Oregon.
Alex Hirsch applies her visual acuity as a trained artist to create delicate works on paper and subtle images in glass. Evoking the ephemeral feel of natural settings, translucent and atmospheric, these works suggest an internal life in dialogue with the natural world. Hirsh calls on the properties of her materials and abstraction to evoke contrasts in dark and light, control and spontaneity. Upon this ground, she creates an equilibrium in which no component overcomes another and a fragile balance is sustained within each piece.
Journey through a three-dimensional landscape of striking architecture in this career-spanning exhibition of Moshe Safdie's work. Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie surveys the renowned architect's career from his formative period in the 1960s and early 1970s to his recent projects around the world, exploring his aesthetic language of transcendent light, powerful geometry, and iconic forms. Using sketches, models, photographs, and films of twenty-five projects, the exhibition portrays Safdie's architecture not only as visual art but as a medium for advancing social, political, and cultural goals.
Although small in size, 85miniature tapestries by Berit Engen have something important to say about the engaging, joyous, and sometimes challenging aspects of Jewish living. Berit Engen began weaving as a child in Norway, and now practices this ancient craft of entwining woof (horizontal threads) with warp (vertical threads) from her home in Oak Park, Illinois. She finds inspiration for her work in the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience: from the laws of the Torah to the songs of Leonard Cohen, from the chanting of ancient prayers to the satiric incisiveness of Yiddish curses, from the ethical wisdom of the Prophets to the contemporary commitment to repairing the world. Her miniature tapestries are modern-day commentaries (in Hebrew, drash) on the engaging, joyous, and at times challenging aspects of Jewish living.
With the cessation of the workday routine on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, relationships and the spirit are revitalized as family shares the precious time of festive meals. In synagogue, the day is marked by collective celebration and prayer, and with the ceremonial reading of the Torah. The objects on display in this special exhibit in our Mezzanine cases - all from the collection of Yeshiva University Museum - highlight two aspects of the Shabbat holiday: the private/domestic and the communal/ceremonial. The beauty and range of styles and material character of the objects reflect the wide geographic range and different social contexts in which Shabbat has been and continues to be celebrated.
Presented jointly by the Leo Baeck Institute and YUM, the exhibition highlights the key role of Jewish mathematicians in the German-speaking world before 1933 - in teaching and academic research, in professional organizations, and throughout mathematical culture, from academic to popular. Through photographs, original texts and a new scholarly perspective, the show recounts the lives of young researchers who helped shape modern mathematics and physics, of scholars who went beyond mathematics to make their mark in literature or philosophy, and of the most important female mathematician of the 20th century, among others. It spans a period of 150 years. The exhibition was designed by a group of seven historians of mathematics at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Frankfurt and the German Mathematical Society
The inaugural exhibition in the newly expanded Derfner Judaica Museum uses approximately 250 objects to explore the intersections of Jewish history and memory as they inform individual and communal identities. Among the featured objects: a silver filigree kiddush cup, ca. 1911; an early copper alloy Hanukkah lamp; from the famed Bezalel School; a set of 18th century Torah implements from Meerholz, Germany; and a velvet fish-scale embroidered matzah cover from turn-of-the-century Jerusalem.
Through oral history interviews, photographs, and archival sources, this online exhibition explores Jewish women's organization of British Columbia. It charts the history of Hadassah/CHW, Na'amat, and National Council of Jewish Women. These very dedicated volunteers made significant contributions to the city, the province, and the world. While Hadassah/CHW and Na'amat raised funds for healthcare and education projects in Israel, National Council assisted new immigrants, children, and the elderly her in BC. Through their work, these women pushed the boundaries of so-called "women's work", playing out the ambiguities that arose in the years after the Second World War in the form of Second Wave Feminism.
The Synagogue Speaks is an original multi-media exhibition in the newly-restored Lloyd Street Synagogue. The Synagogue Speaks tells the story of the landmark synagogue and the three immigrant congregations--two Jewish and one Roman Catholic--that occupied it.
The area surrounding the Jewish Museum of Maryland was the center of immigrant Jewish life in Baltimore in the early 1900s, but today only a few remnants of its Jewish past survive. This exhibition chronicles a place of constant change, where people of different backgrounds lived, worked, created community-and came together in the renowned Jewish market known as Lombard Street.
According to the oral tradition, the Roman emperor Titus, after capturing Jerusalem in September 70 CE, was transporting many Jews to Rome as slaves when his ship was driven by a storm onto the Albanian coast. Instead of throwing his captives into the sea, he allowed them to disembark, and they eventually made their way to the area in which loannina later was established. This exhibit marks the century since Ioannina was incorporated into the Greek state.
To honor the Holocaust survivors who have volunteered their time over the past thirty years to share their painful WWII experiences at the Museum of Tolerance, the MOT engaged Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Marissa Roth to photograph each of these ambassadors of memory, hope and tolerance.
Inspired by the ancient flood story, which has parallels in hundreds of cultures around the world, this multi-sensory indoor and outdoor attraction invites visitors to board a gigantic wooden ark and to play, climb, build, discover, problem-solve and collaborate alongside handcrafted, one-of-a-kind animals. An innovative, delight-filled destination for children and families of all backgrounds.
The exhibit explores the continuing impact of the most widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times. Despite countless exposures as a fraud, the myth of a Jewish world conspiracy has retained power for Nazis and others who seek to spread hatred of Jews. Technology has now made the Protocols available via the Internet; it continues to be circulated by those promoting violence, and even genocide.
This exhibition reveals how the Nazi Party used modern techniques, new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany and to drive the world into a war that cost some 55 million lives, including six million Jews. It includes rare posters, photographs, artifacts, and film documenting the pivotal role of propaganda in the Nazi effort.
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