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Yeshiva University Museum's diverse collection of more than 8,000 artifacts reflects its interdisciplinary approach; it includes fine and folk art, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, clothing and textiles, Jewish ceremonial objects, documents, books and manuscripts. The collection's breadth and diversity represents over 2,000 years of the aesthetic sensibilities of Jews living throughout the world, co-existing in multicultural societies.

Highlights of the Museum's collection include: Archaeological artifacts dating from the Bronze Age to the Late Antique Period, Historic illuminated manuscripts such as one from 1478 recording the Simon of Trent blood libel trial. Thomas Jefferson's handwritten letter of 1818 affirming religious freedom and denouncing anti-Semitism; the Torah scroll and Tefillin of the Baal Shem Tov (1700-1760), founder of the Hassidic movement. Clothing, and accessories from around the world, such as a gold embroidered Ottoman bindalli wedding dress, a Moroccan keswa el kbira (grand costume), and a kroj, a Czechoslovakian national costume made for a child in 1932/3.

Yeshiva University Museum's collections are a repository for several significant collections of Jewish art and material culture, including:

  • Models of historic synagogues commissioned for our founding
  • Meyerhoff Collection of early Israeli Art
  • Jean Moldovan Collection of Jewish Children's Books
  • Raphael Patai Amulet collection
  • Max Stern Collection of Judaica
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