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Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage
February 4, 2014 – May 18, 2014

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This exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community of Iraq in a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve these materials.

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The exhibit was created by the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC, with support from the Department of State.

 

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People
September 13, 2012 – April 20, 2014

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Hava Nagila: A Song for the People uses engaging imagery, video, music, and imaginative design to tell the little-known history of the wordless melody from Ukraine that became the theme song for Jewish celebrations around the world. The exhibition traces the song's hundred-year journey from a shtetl in Eastern Europe, to communities of early Jewish settlers to Palestine, to the banquet halls of America where it remains a centerpiece of both communal memory and popular culture.

Visit the interactive exhibition website.

Read the review in the New York Times.

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People was created by the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and was made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Pickman Exhibition Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Priscilla and Harold Grabino, and the Nartel Family Foundation. The exhibition is designed by SITU Studio and MTWTF and features an exhibition film by Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain. Materials for sound domes generously provided by NUDO Building Products. Laser engraving generously provided by Beartown.

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Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust
November 16, 2012 – April 7, 2013

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Although World War II is one of the most documented conflicts of the 20th century, western audiences know very little about the Soviet Jewish photojournalists who captured some of the most riveting and powerful images of the war. Such photographers as Evgenii Khaldei, Georgii Zelma, and Dmitrii Baltermants merged documentary photography with avant-garde modernist sensibilities to create works that have had a profound influence on 20th century art and beyond.

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust was curated by David Shneer and Lisa Tamiris Becker and organized by the CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder. Funding for the New York presentation of this exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Pickman Exhibition Fund.

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Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles
October 26, 2011- March 10, 2013

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Known for more than a century as the author of the lines “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . ,” the poet Emma Lazarus gave voice to the Statue of Liberty and generations of newcomers to America.  However, few people know her fascinating story, her Sephardic background, her American roots, and her work for Jewish causes and a Jewish homeland.  Learn how Emma Lazarus was inspired to craft an enduring message on exile, refuge, and the promise of America.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Pickman Exhibition Fund, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, David Berg Foundation, American Express, Patti Askwith Kenner and Family, George Klein, Klara and Larry Silverstein, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, Con Edison, and David Bruce Smith Family Foundation.

New York magazine and Jewish Week are media partners.

Emma Lazarus’ New York, a free downloadable mobile walking tour is now available. The tour is narrated by Julianna Margulies and includes a reading by Meryl Streep of “The New Colossus” – Emma’s famous poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

The tour visits 19 historic sites in lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Union Square, Chinatown, Chelsea, midtown, and the East River that helped shaped Lazarus’s legacy.

The GPS-enabled app is available for iPhone and Android.

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Filming the Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg
March 22 - October 14, 2012

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Hollywood directors John Ford, George Stevens, and Samuel Fuller entertained audiences with American cinema classics like The Grapes of Wrath, Shane, and The Big Red One. But their most important contribution to history was their work in the U.S. Armed Forces and Secret Services, filming the realities of war and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Their documentation provides an essential visual record of WWII. This exhibition presents rare footage of the liberation of Dachau with detailed directors’ notes, narratives describing burials at Falkenau, and the documentary produced as evidence at the Nuremberg trials, among other historic material. Now, for the first time in the U.S., this material is being made available to a general audience.

The exhibition, curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and circulated by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France) and made possible through the generous support of the SNCF. The New York presentation of Filming the Camps is made possible through the generous support of the Pickman Exhibition Fund.

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Let My People Go! The Soviet Jewry Movement, 1967-1989
November 2, 2011 – August 5, 2012

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This exhibition tells the story of Jews in the former Soviet Union who wanted to emigrate but were denied permission to leave. Visitors will learn about their efforts to maintain a Jewish identity, their struggles with Soviet authorities, and the worldwide support they received.

This traveling exhibition is organized and circulated by the State of Israel–Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs and Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv.

It is part of the original exhibition Jews of Struggle: The Jewish National Movement in the USSR, 1967–1989, curated by Beit Hatfutsot in 2007. It was initiated by the Remember and Save Association and its director Aba Taratuta.

The exhibition has been adapted for American audiences in cooperation with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

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Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
September 14, 2011 - January 16, 2012

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Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race shows how the Nazi regime aimed to change the genetic makeup of the population through measures known as "racial hygiene" or "eugenics," and the role that scientists in the biomedical fields played in legitimizing these policies. When Nazi racial hygiene was implemented, the categories of persons regarded as biologically threatening to the health of the nation were greatly expanded to include Jews, Gypsies, and other minorities. Ultimately, Nazi racial hygiene policies culminated in the Holocaust. 

This exhibition is sponsored in part by The David Berg Foundation, the Dorot Foundation, the Lester and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Temporary Exhibitions Fund, the Rosenbluth Family, The Samberg Family Foundation, and the Viterbi Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego.

The New York presentation of Deadly Medicine  is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Pickman Exhibition Fund, Dr. Israel Jacobowitz, and Dr. Roger Sachs.

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Yahrzeit: September 11 Remembered
August 26 - October 26, 2011

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To observe the 10th anniversary of September 11, the Museum created a contemplative space in its intimate rotunda gallery. The installation is a quiet place for remembrance and reflection.

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The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service
November 15, 2009 - September 5, 2011

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The Morgenthaus have embraced the promise of America since their arrival in 1866. Wanting to contribute to their country and their causes, they dedicated themselves to public service. This exhibition tells the story of three generations of a family—exploring the fascinating ways in which their service to others changed the course of world events, American politics, and Jewish history.

See more web features for The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service, including artifact explorations.

This exhibition is made possible through generous funding from the Isenberg Family Charitable Trust, Marina and Stephen E. Kaufman, Lois and Martin Whitman, Jack Rudin, and New York State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman.

Media sponsorship is generously provided by Manhattan Media.

 

Last Folio: A Photographic Journey with Yuri Dojc
March 25 - August 9, 2011

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Last Folio features stunning photographs taken by Yuri Dojc of once-vibrant Jewish communities throughout Slovakia. His photographic journey began in an abandoned school in Bardejov, where time has stood still since the day in 1942 when its students were taken to concentration camps. His images capture the poignant ruins of schools, synagogues, and cemeteries—remnants from a Jewish past. A documentary film created by Katya Krausova follows Dojc through Slovakia, and is part of the exhibition.

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Last Folio is made possible by a leadership gift in memory of John Grunwald by Rita Grunwald. Additional support provided by Henry Kallan in honor of his mother Magdalena Szollos-Kallan, Fern Schad and Alfred H. Moses, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Foundation, and EPSON, Canada Ltd. Exhibition design by Daniel Weil, Pentagram.

 

News Corporation is a media sponsor.

 


Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh

October 13, 2010 - August 7, 2011

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Among Israel’s most important heroes is Hannah Senesh, who died by firing squad in 1944 at age 23. This first-ever exhibition tells how this Budapest-born poet, diarist, and author of the hymn Eli, Eli discovered her love for the Land of Israel, volunteered for a mission to rescue downed Allied fliers and Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary, and became an enduring symbol of courage and determination.

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This exhibition is made possible by leadership gifts in loving memory of Anne Ratner from her children and grandchildren, and from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Additional support provided by the David Berg Foundation and The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, Inc.
We are grateful to the Senesh Family for making the exhibition possible by providing material from their collection. Travel generously sponsored by El Al Israel Airlines.

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Project Mah Jongg
May 4, 2010-February 27, 2011

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Since the 1920s, the game of mah jongg has ignited the popular imagination with its beautiful tiles, mythical origins, and communal spirit. Learn the history and meaning of this beloved game that became a Jewish-American tradition.

See more web features for Project Mah Jongg, including an album of memories.

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This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld and the 2wice Arts Foundation.

Thanks to our Media Partner

Read more about the exhibition in the New York Times.

Traces of Memory: A Contemporary Look at the Jewish Past in Poland
March 16-August 15, 2010

Traces of Memory featured images by photographer Chris Schwarz (1948-2007), the founding director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow, with research and texts by Jonathan Webber. Together they travelled through Poland’s countryside to document the visible traces of the Jewish past. The exhibition served as a lament to the destroyed Jewish civilization that once flourished in Poland, a record of the locations of the annihilation of the Jews, and an exploration of the commemorative efforts now taking place there.

From the permanent exhibition of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków

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Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow:
Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges
May 1, 2009-February 21, 2010

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow told the story of Jewish professors who fled Nazism and came to America in the 1930s and 1940s, finding teaching positions at historically black colleges and universities. The exhibition explored the encounter between these scholars and their students, and their impact on each other, the Civil Rights Movement, and American society.

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This exhibition is scheduled to travel to the I. P. Stanback Museum in South Carolina and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.

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This exhibition was made possible through major funding from the Leon Levy Foundation. Additional support provided by the Helen Bader Foundation; The Lupin Foundation; The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation; public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the Alpern Family Foundation; and the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation.

Media sponsorship was generously provided by WNYC Radio and New York Amsterdam News.

 Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française
September 24, 2008-August 30, 2009

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Woman of Letters told the remarkable story of a writer driven to create, of a mother and her daughters, of memory and identity, of legacy and loss. A Russian-born Jewish author, Irène Némirovsky quickly rose to literary celebrity in her adopted France. But fame and accomplishment—and even her conversion to Catholicism—were not enough to save her when war came. She was deported to Auschwitz in 1942. Among the few items left behind was a valise containing her leather notebook. Her daughters avoided opening it until some fifty years after their mother’s death. She discovered not a diary, but a major literary work: the first two parts of the unfinished five-part novel, Suite Française. This exhibition illustrated Némirovsky’s life, and her extraordinary literary gift to the world.

Co-produced with Institut Mémoires de l’Édition Contemporaine (IMEC).

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This exhibition was made possible through generous funding from: American Express, David Berg Foundation, and the Grand Marnier Foundation; leadership gifts from: Nancy Fisher, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council with the generous support of The September 11th Fund, and The Robert Sillins Family Foundation; and additional support provided by: The Diller - von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Alexis Gregory Foundation, The Felix & Elizabeth Rohatyn Foundation, Howard J. Rubenstein, and L’Avion. Rotunda Salon furnished courtesy of Ligne Roset.

The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets
November 24, 2008-March 23, 2009

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Between 1941 and 1944, almost 1.5 million Jews were murdered when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Most were shot by mobile killing units consisting of German SS, army, police, and local collaborators. This exhibition presented the evidence, both physical and testimonial, gathered by Father Patrick Desbois and his team from Yahad-In Unum. Interviews with Ukrainian bystanders and witnesses, together with photographs, artifacts, and text panels, told the chilling story of Jewish victims–men, women, and children–who were executed near the places they lived, with their neighbors watching.

The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets was originally created by the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris and was presented at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in cooperation with Yahad-In Unum.

See more web features for The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets, produced by the Mémorial de la Shoah.

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This exhibition was made possible through generous funding from Robert I. Goldman Foundation, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, and Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation.

Daring To Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust
April 16, 2007-September 14, 2008

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During the Holocaust, Jews throughout Europe sought to undermine the Nazis through individual and collective acts of resistance. They engaged in a wide range of activities—praying clandestinely, documenting conditions in the ghettos, and taking up arms to fight—each one a courageous act of resistance. Efforts such as these refute the notion that Jews were passive victims.

Honored in the 2008 Excellence in Exhibitions competition of the American Association of Museums, Daring to Resist showed the dilemmas Jews faced under impossible circumstances. Artifact highlights included the shirt of Tuvia Bielski (partisan commander played by Daniel Craig in the film Defiance); the bag used by Kalman Farber to smuggle food into the Vilna Ghetto; and a Passover haggadah written from memory in the Unterlüss labor camp for a secret seder.

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This exhibition was made possible through major funding from: Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz Fund of The New York Community Trust, the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities*.

Generous leadership gifts were made by: Frank and Cesia Blaichman, Patti Askwith Kenner and Family, George and Adele Klein, Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert, and Shalom and Varda Yoran.

Additional support was provided by: The David Berg Foundation, Nancy Fisher, Robert I. Goldman Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, L’Oréal USA, Righteous Persons Foundation, and Gil and Claire (Israelit) Zweig.

Media sponsorship provided by The Jewish Week.

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sosúa: A Refuge for Jews in the Dominican Republic
(Sosúa: Un Refugio de Judíos en la República Dominicana)
February 17-August 10, 2008

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In the late 1930s, few countries were willing to accept Jewish refugees. One nation—the Dominican Republic—opened its doors. Working with the Dominican government, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee provided passage and support to establish a small agricultural settlement in Sosúa—an abandoned banana plantation on the northeastern shore of the Dominican Republic. Jewish settlers built a community that still exists today. 

Created in cooperation with the Sosúa Jewish Museum, this bilingual exhibition (in English and Spanish) showed how settlers were recruited, how they came to Sosúa, what awaited them there, how the settlement grew, and the evolution of this small Jewish community.

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This exhibition was made possible, in part, through major funding from the Leon Levy Foundation, with additional support provided by: former NY State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, Former City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Former City Council Member Miguel Martinez, and the American Jewish Congress.

 

“To return to the land…” Paul Goldman’s Photographs of the Birth of Israel
February 17-May 19, 2008

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Hungarian-born photojournalist Paul Goldman fled to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1940, where he chronicled the events leading up to the foundation of the State of Israel. Goldman’s photos of life before statehood, during the War of Independence, and the ingathering of dispersed Jews were complemented by rich memories of individuals who lived through those same events. Images and words together told stories of the birth of Israel through the lenses of photographic and human memory. 

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Spencer M. Partrich/Photo Art Israel, with additional funding provided by Harvey M. Krueger.

The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity, and the Jewish-American Dream
June 14, 2007-January 1, 2008

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Whether set against the backdrop of the seaside, the mountains, or the countryside—vacations have often been microcosms of the Jewish American dream. Destinations such as Florida, the Catskills, Atlantic City, and sites of Jewish heritage became temporary communities of like-minded people and while some vacations were pursuits of abundance, others were havens from discrimination, and others emphasized Jewish ideologies and traditions. All expressed the excitement and promise of America, and the changing Jewish-American dream. The history of Jewish vacationing provides a glimpse into Jewish values—past and present. 

This exhibition was curated by the Jewish Museum of Maryland, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support for the New York venue provided, in part, by The Robert Sillins Family Foundation. Media sponsorship provided by The New Jersey Jewish Standard, New Jersey's oldest independent English language Jewish newspaper.

From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber
January 16-December 2, 2007

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This exhibition took its name from advice given to Ruth Gruber by photographer Edward Steichen. Yet looking at her work—in journalism, books, photography, and activism— it is clear that with or without that advice, she would do nothing short of observing and interpreting the world around her with an open heart and the desire to see the best in the human spirit. A world-renowned journalist, Gruber had backstage access to Jewish history: she escorted war refugees from Europe to America, visited DP camps, detailed the plight of the Exodus 1947, described the establishment of the State of Israel, and documented the State’s ingathering of refugees—from Europe, Iraq, North Africa, Yemen, and Ethiopia. Emissary for Harold Ickes and FDR, friend to Eleanor and Golda, Gruber’s life and work were inextricably bound with the rescue and survival of the Jewish people.

This exhibition was made possible through the generosity and admiration of Friends of Ruth Gruber.

A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People
September 6, 2006-March 16, 2007

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This exhibition traced the life of Karol Wojtyla from his childhood in Poland through World War II and beyond. It examined Pope John Paul II’s enduring friendship with Jews, and how these relationships informed his ministry and papacy—shaping the relationship between the Church and the Jewish people.

A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People was created and produced by Xavier University (Cincinnati), Hillel Jewish Student Center (Cincinnati), and The Shtetl Foundation. The New York exhibition was presented by the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust thanks to the generosity of Peter S. Kalikow, The Russell Berrie Foundation, The Fritz and Adelaide Kauffmann Foundation: Elliot M. Hershberg, Theodore N. Mirvis, Bernard Turner; the Ollendorff Center for Religious and Human Understanding, the Oster Family Foundation, and the Theodore and Renee Weiler Foundation: Richard I. Kandel. The Museum also thanks the Pave the Way Foundation and the Center for Interreligious Understanding. The lead financial sponsors of A Blessing To One Another were the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Media Sponsorship provided by New York Post.

 

Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust
January 24, 2006 - June 25, 2006

 

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This exhibition told the remarkable stories of the Nazis' most vulnerable victims—Jewish children. By war's end, as many as 1.5 million of those children were dead.

Thousands of Jewish children survived the Holocaust by living with false identities; by being physically concealed in attics, cellars, barns, or sewers; or by being protected by clergy in convents and monasteries. For these children, going into hiding often meant leaving their families and identities behind. Those who could not pass as non-Jews endured extreme loneliness, physical pain, and constant fear, living silently in cramped and dark quarters. Life in hiding was never safe and was always fraught with danger, where a careless remark, a denunciation, or the murmurings of inquisitive neighbors could lead to discovery and death. The exhibition used photographs, artifacts, and oral histories to tell the stories of children hidden during the Holocaust.

This exhibition was organized and circulated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

 

Bukharan Odyssey
November 16, 2005 - December 11, 2006

 

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This exhibition of Zion Ozeri’s photographs captured one of the world's most exotic and colorful Jewish communities, the Bukharan Jews of Uzbekistan. Settling in the cities and villages of Central Asia centuries ago, this community flourished and created its own special traditions, customs, and rituals. Zion Ozeri traveled to Uzbekistan from 1993-2000 to photograph this rich and vibrant intersection of Jewish, Persian, and Soviet influences on Bukharan Jews just as they began emigrating en masse to Israel and the United States following the break up of the Soviet Union.

Support for the exhibition was provided by the Nartel Family Foundation and the Moti Hasson Gallery.

 

Kippur: Three Weeks in October
October 27, 2004 - October 16, 2005

 

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Based on a collection of photographs of Reserve Armored Division 143 taken by journalist Uri Dan, this exhibition told the story of this unit during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Reserve Armored Division 143 was the first Israeli unit to cross the Suez Canal. Quotes from interviews taken with the men of the division told this story of loss, despair, and eventual triumph.

Our thanks to Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert for their generous support of this exhibition.

 

Shalom, Y'all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South
June 7 - October 11, 2004

 

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Shalom Y'all revealed the story of the Southern Jewish experience through three distinct mediums: 44 black-and-white photographs, a narrative woven into descriptive captions of the photographs, and stories shared by southern Jews about being Jewish in the South. It presented a multidimensional portrait of contemporary Jewish life in the Deep South as it evolved from the early 1700s. The material was drawn from the book Shalom Y'all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South, photographs by Bill Aron with text by Vicki Reikes Fox.

The exhibition, organized by the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum, is based on an original project by the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in Jackson, Mississippi and was supported by grants from Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation and the Betty and Ben Lamensdorf Family.

 

New York – City of Refuge, Stories from the Last 60 Years
September 14, 2004 - November 27, 2005

 

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More than a refuge for world Jewry, New York City has been a setting for Jewish renewal. It has played a crucial role in the development of the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees since World War II.

New York: City of Refuge, Stories from the Last 60 Years chronicled three distinct periods of Jewish immigration to New York: the years immediately following the Second World War, the Cold War era, and the present day. In all three periods, New York served as a sanctuary for diverse groups of Jewish immigrants—including survivors of the Holocaust, Jews from Eastern Europe, Jews of the Middle East, and Jews of the former Soviet Union.

Major funding for this exhibition was provided by Brascan Corporation and Brookfield Properties Corp. Additional support for the exhibition is provided, in part, by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Deutsche Bank, American Express Company, the Nartel Family Foundation, The Nash Family Foundation, Con Edison, and HSBC Bank USA, NA. Media sponsorship provided by the New York Post.

 

Ours to Fight For: American Jews In the Second World War
November 11, 2003 - December 31, 2006

 

http://www.mjhnyc.org/images/OTFF.gif Winner of the grand prize in the 2004 Excellence in Exhibitions competition of the American Association of Museums, Ours to Fight For invited visitors to explore the experiences of Jewish men and women who joined the American war effort. Through the voices of those who served, the exhibition conveyed what it was like to serve as an American and a Jew in this greatest of human conflicts.

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Major funding for this exhibition was generously provided by Jack and Susan Rudin and Family in memory of Lewis Rudin; by Irving Schneider in memory of his friend, Lewis Rudin; and by Irving and June Paler in memory of June's father, Duncan Robertson, who fought for justice in both World Wars. Additional support provided by Verizon Foundation and EveryoneSmile.com.

 
TOP LEFT: Mah jongg tiles. Photo by Trevor Messersmith. TOP RIGHT: Philip Topiel after graduating primary aviation training, US Army air forces, Thunderbird Field, Arizona, 1942. Collection of Philip Topiel (2002.F.52).
 

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