Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews November 17, 2013 -
April 27, 2014
This exhibition tells the rich and complex history of one of the
world's oldest Jewish communities, which dates back nearly 2,700 years.
From the 16th century, Iran was ruled according to strict Shiite
Islamic doctrine, and the lives of Jews were marked by periods of
persecution and legal prohibition as well as by outstanding creative
and intellectual achievements. Archaeological artifacts, illuminated
manuscripts, Judaica, textiles, musical instruments, paintings,
photographs, videos, and more highlight the complex and fascinating
story of Iranian Jews and the beauty of Judeo-Persian traditions.
exhibition was created and organized by Beit Hatfutsot--The Museum of
the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel. Co-presented with the Center for
Jewish History, in cooperation with the American Sephardi Federation.
19th century (?). Collection of Miriam Kove, New York.
Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark
Door of Cairoâ€™s Ben Ezra Synagogue
October 27, 2013 â€“ February 23, 2014
Threshold to the Sacred explores the artistic character and the
religious, communal and cultural context of an object of great beauty
and significance: a decorated and inscribed medieval wood door from the
Holy Ark of Egypt's Ben Ezra Synagogue. Based in Fustat ("Old Cairo"),
which became home in the medieval period to some of Judaism's greatest
figures, such as Moses Mai monides and Judah Halevi, the Ben Ezra
Synagogue is the site of the 19th-century discovery of the Cairo
Geniza, a treasure trove of medieval texts considered to be the single
most important source for understanding daily life around the
Mediterranean Sea during the period.
Through close analysis of the
panel's decorations and inscriptions, conservation and science
research, treasures from the Geniza, historic photographs, and
comparison with a range of beautiful Jewish and Islamic works of art
and artifacts, the exhibition brings to life the glorious past of the
Ben Ezra Synagogue and of the panel's expansive communal context.
exhibition has been organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore and
Yeshiva University Museum.
Image: Panel from a
Torah Shrine, ca. 1040. Wood (walnut) with traces
of paint and gilt. Collection of Yeshiva University Museum and The
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photograph: Susan Tobin, The Walters Art
Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking
July 29, 2013 â€“ January 5, 2014
Transcending Tradition 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. Spanning a
period of 150 years, it documents their emergence from segregation,
their rise to academic prominence, recalls their emigration, flight or
death after 1933, and illuminates their lasting legacies. 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.
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. For more
information about the exhibit, visit gj-math.uni-frankfurt.de/.
Shabbat â€“ Inside and Out
November 18, 2012 â€“ June 29, 2014
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 â€“ 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