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Last Folio: Remnants of Jewish Life in Slovakia

Opening March 25, 2011

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 1943 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 created by Katya Krausova follows Dojc through Slovakia, and is part of the exhibition.

Last Folio is made possible by a leadership gift in memory of John Grunwald by Rita Grunwald. Additional support provided by Fern Schad and Alfred Moses, and the May and Samuel Rudin Foundation.





Now on View

Irving Schneider and Family Gallery

Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh

On view October 13, 2010 through August 7, 2011

Known the world over as the author of Eli, Eli, Hannah Senesh came of age as a promising poet in cosmopolitan Budapest. In 1939, she immigrated to the Land of Israel and became a pioneering kibbutznik. In 1943, she volunteered to parachute behind enemy lines to aid Hungary’s embattled Jews, and was executed the following year at the age of 23. Almost immediately, Senesh became a national hero to the fledgling Jewish community in Palestine. Through her diaries, poems, photographs, and few remaining possessions— to be shown here for the first time—a life extinguished far too soon is revealed.

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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 Airlines. The Jewish Week is the media partner.


Rotunda Gallery

project Mah Jongg

On view through February 27, 2011

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

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld. Exhibit design by Abbott Miller, Pentagram. Editions 2wice publication courtesy the 2wice Arts Foundation.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld. Exhibit design by Abbott Miller, Pentagram. Editions 2wice publication courtesy the 2wice Arts Foundation.

Read more about the exhibition in the New York Times.

Overlook Gallery

The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service

Extended through September 5, 2011

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

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.

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Media sponsorship is generously provided by Manhattan Media.


Keeping History Center

Now on View

The Keeping History Center is an interactive, digital visitor experience. Phase 1 of the center features Voices of Liberty, a soundscape composed of diverse voices responding to arriving in America for the first time, including Holocaust survivors, Soviet refuseniks, and others. As the exhibit grows, visitors will be able to add their own responses to seeing the harbor or their own stories of arriving in the U.S. The Center also contains a virtual exploration of Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones. Visitors can visit the Garden for themselves and then view tree growth through time and across seasons via a time-lapse camera. Footage of Goldsworthy creating each element of the memorial garden is part of this new installation.

Phase 2, planned for 2011, will allow visitors to use state-of-the-art technology to add their own voices, “curate” their own experiences, and understand that they themselves are part of the history they keep. The Center is being designed by the award-winning firms C&G Design and Potion.

The Keeping History Center, dedicated by Morton Pickman in memory of Morris and Fannie Pickman, is made possible by a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Past Exhibitions

Traces of Memory

On view through August 15, 2010

Traces of Memory features 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 serves 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 tells 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 explores the encounter between these scholars and their students, and their impact on each other, the Civil Rights Movement, and American society.

This exhibition is 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.

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


Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française

September 24, 2008-August 30, 2009



Woman of Letters tells 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 her 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 that she left behind was a valise that contained a leather notebook. Haunted by painful memories, her daughters avoided opening it until Denise read it more than fifty years after their mother’s death. She discovered not a diary, but a major literary work: the first two parts of an unfinished five-part novel, Suite Française. The exhibition illustrates Némirovsky’s life and her extraordinary literary gift to the world with stunning and heartbreaking artifacts, including the original manuscript and the valise, never before exhibited.

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

This exhibition is 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.

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The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets      

November 24, 2008- March 23, 2009

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 presents 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, tell the chilling story of Jewish victims–men, women, and children–who were summarily executed near the places they lived, with their neighbors watching. 

The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust By Bullets is created by the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris and is presented in cooperation with Yahad-In Unum. The exhibition website, produced by the Mémorial de la Shoah, features content and information from the original exhibition on view in Paris in 2007. To be redirected to the site, click here.

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The 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


During the Holocaust, Jews throughout Europe, through individual and collective acts of resistance, sought to undermine the Nazi goal of the annihilation of the Jewish people. Jews engaged in a range of resistance activities with the aim of preserving Jewish life and dignity despite unimaginable difficulties.  Their efforts powerfully refute the popular perception that Jews were passive victims. Through testimony, archival footage, and authentic artifacts, the exhibition helps visitors to understand the dilemmas that Jews faced under impossible circumstances.  Whether praying clandestinely, documenting the experiences of Jews in the ghettos, or taking up arms to fight, these responses took many forms, but each and every one was a courageous act of resistance.

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.

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Read the New York Times review of Daring to Resist.

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Sosúa: A Refuge for Jews in the Dominican Republic

Sosúa: Un Refugio de Judíos en la República Dominicana

February 17,2008-August 10, 2008


In 1938, a time when openings for Jewish refugees were hard to find, the government of the Dominican Republic offered to resettle up to 100,000 Jews. Sosúa, an abandoned banana plantation on the north coast of the island, would become a refuge to hundreds of Jews. The settlers were given resources to cultivate the land they were provided, and built a thriving town – one that still exists today. This exhibition will tell how the settlers were recruited and came to Sosúa, what awaited them there, what role the Dominican and U.S. governments and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee played in the story, how the settlers worked with their Dominican neighbors to establish themselves, and what kind of a town they created. Sosúa speaks poignantly to one chapter in a shared Dominican and Jewish story.


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

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Read about the exhibit in the Wall Street Journal.

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“To return to the land…” Paul Goldman’s Photographs of the Birth of Israel

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel

February 17, 2008-May 19, 2008

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 are complemented by rich memories of individuals who lived through those same events. Images and words together tell stories of the birth of Israel through the lenses of photographic and human memory.  From Tel Aviv streetscapes to the bombing of the King David Hotel, from street vendors to Prime Ministers; both the extraordinary and every-day document this monumental story.

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

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The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity, and the Jewish-American Dream

June 14, 2007-January 1, 2008


Set against the backdrop of the seashore, the mountains, or the countryside, vacations have always been a meaningful part of American Jewish life. American Jews chose their own distinctive destinations — Florida, the Catskills, Atlantic City, sites of Jewish heritage — to join with friends or in response to being excluded at other venues, creating temporary communities of like-minded people. Some vacations were pursuits of luxury and abundance, while others emphasized Jewish beliefs and traditions, but all expressed the excitement and promise of America. The history of Jewish vacationing provides a glimpse into Jewish values, past and present.


This exhibition is curated by the Jewish Museum of Maryland with generous support from the

National Endowment for the Humanities. The New York exhibition is supported, 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.

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From the Heart: The photojournalism of Ruth Gruber

On view through December 2, 2007

The exhibition takes its name from advice given to Ruth Gruber by photographer Edward Steichen. But looking at her body of work—her journalism, books, photography, and activism— it is clear that with or without that advice, Ruth would do nothing short of observing and interpreting the world around her with an open heart, a keen eye, and the desire to see what is best in the human spirit. A world-renowned journalist now 95 years old, 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, Ruth’s life and work are inextricably bound with the rescue and survival of the Jewish people.

From the Heart is 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

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On view September 6, 2006 – March 16, 2007

This exhibition traces the life of Karol Wojtyla from his childhood in Poland through World War II and beyond.  The exhibition examines Pope John Paul II’s enduring friendship with Jews, and how these relationships informed his ministry and papacy, shaping significantly 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 is 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 are the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Media Sponsorship provided by New York Post.

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Ours to Fight For: American Jews During the Second World War

November 11, 2003 - December 31, 2006

The inaugural exhibition for the Robert M. Morgenthau wing, Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War was named the grand-prize winner of the Excellence in Exhibition Competition at the American Association of Museums Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Citing the exhibition's use of the first-person narrative, the judges felt this approach engaged museum visitors and allowed them to make connections with the experiences of soldiers 60 years ago and troops serving today.

The exhibition companion volume, Ours To Fight For: American Jewish Voices from the Second World War, chronicles the experience of American Jewish men and women who came together with other Americans to heed their nation's call to arms. Please visit the Museum Shop to purchase this book.

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Major funding for this exhibition has been 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


Bukharan Odyssey

November 16, 2005 - December 11, 2006

This exhibition of Zion Ozeri photographs captures 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 is provided by the Nartel Family Foundation and the Moti Hasson Gallery.

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Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust

Dawid Tennenbaum disguised as a mentally disabled girl to avoid capture by the Nazis. Photography courtesy of David Tennenbaum.
January 24, 2006 - June 25, 2006

This moving special exhibition tells 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 uses photographs, artifacts, and oral histories to tell the stories of children hidden during the Holocaust.

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This exhibition is organized and circulated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is the final stop on a national tour for the exhibition. It was seen previously at the Arts Center of Battle Creek in Michigan, and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago, Illinois.  

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

Based on a collection of photographs of Reserve Armored Division 143 taken by journalist Uri Dan, the exhibition will tell 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 will be used to tell 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

On view Monday, June 7 to October 11, 2004
Featuring original black-and-white photographs by Bill Aron

Shalom Y'all, open June 7, 2004 through September 13, 2004, tells the unique story of the Southern Jewish experience through three distinct voices: 44 black-and-white photographs, a narrative woven into descriptive captions of the photographs, and stories told by southern Jews about being Jewish in the South. It presents a multidimensional portrait of contemporary Jewish life in the Deep South as it has evolved from the early 1700s. The material is 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 is 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
On view September 14, 2004 - November 27, 2005

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. As part of the commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the arrival of Jews in America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage -A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is mounting a special exhibition to tell this special New York Story.

New York: City of Refuge, Stories from the Last 60 Years will chronicle 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 has 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. The venue for the exhibition is perhaps the most fitting imaginable: a gallery on the edge of New York Harbor, allowing views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to become part of exhibition itself.

Through original artifacts, dramatic images, and personal testimonies, the public will connect with stories of refuge and opportunity that have helped to define New York City. All New Yorkers -Jews and non-Jews-will find connections to their own heritage, to their own stories.

Preview testimony from City of Refuge.

Major funding for this exhibition 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.

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