The Temple Judea Museum

The Temple Judea Museum Jewish Art, Photography, Judaica and Jewish HIstory Among the collection’s highlights are the second oldest known American ketubbah (marriage contract) from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1778; one of the oldest known Torah wimpels (binder), Germany, 1695; a unique, contemporary, sculptural "Elijah's Chair" by Mark Sfirri and Robert Dodge, commissioned by the Friends of the Museum; a rare religious commentary from Venice, Italy, 1574; a collection of pottery from ancient Israel representing 3,500 years of history; a Holocaust era Huppah (bridal canopy) from the Farenwald Displaced Persons Camp; and the Buxton Collection of Jewish Music and the Performing Arts.

Among the artists represented in its contemporary collection: Douglas Beube, Robbin Ami Silberberg, Elsa Wachs, Andras Borocz, Gaza Bowen, Robert Morris, Mila Gribbel, Tamar Hesser, Jonathan Kremer, Sandra Jackman, Ray King, Phil Blank, Leonard Baskin, Chaim Gross, Marc Chagall, Al Gilens, Leonard Baskin, and Phillip Ratner.

Among the artists represented in its contemporary collection: Douglas Beube, Robbin Ami Silberberg, Elsa Wachs, Andras Borocz, Gaza Bowen, Robert Morris, Mila Gribbel, Tamar Hesser, Jonathan Kremer, Sandra Jackman, Ray King, Phil Blank, Leonard Baskin, Chaim Gross, Marc Chagall, Al Gilens, Leonard Baskin, and Phillip Ratner.

Operating as usual

Ghetto Money - Collection of N**i issued currency, used in concentration camps. A gift to the museum from Alvin Gilens.
11/09/2021

Ghetto Money - Collection of N**i issued currency, used in concentration camps. A gift to the museum from Alvin Gilens.

Ghetto Money - Collection of N**i issued currency, used in concentration camps. A gift to the museum from Alvin Gilens.

I recently visited the studio of artist, Paul Mandel who will be having a solo show at the Temple Judea Museum next fall...
10/19/2021

I recently visited the studio of artist, Paul Mandel who will be having a solo show at the Temple Judea Museum next fall.
Stay tune for future updates about her exhibition.
Paula is a three dimensional artist who uses mixed media such as glass, wire and found objects to create her amazing sculptures.

10/12/2021

If you haven't had a chance to view the exhibition, the gallery is open 9:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Masks are required to enter.
Please check out our videos on the Temple Judea Museum YouTube channel and like us!

Another glimpse of images from our Geography of Summer Exhibition coming soon!
08/20/2021

Another glimpse of images from our Geography of Summer Exhibition coming soon!

Coming Soon: The Geography of Summer will be opening in early September in our museum. The exhibition gives insight in t...
08/10/2021

Coming Soon: The Geography of Summer will be opening in early September in our museum. The exhibition gives insight in to summers in Israel, the Poconos, Catskills, the beach, camping, road trips, flying to distant lands, a Jewish pilgrimage trip, overnight or day camp and even in your own backyard.
Stay tune for more details!

Yesterday, the mosaic entitled, "The Seven Species" by artists of the TJM Artists Collaborative, Ricki Lent and Robyn Mi...
08/10/2021

Yesterday, the mosaic entitled, "The Seven Species" by artists of the TJM Artists Collaborative, Ricki Lent and Robyn Miller was installed above the Neumann Chapel entrance doors.
The mosaic is a gift of Evonne and Isaac Kruger.

Great visit with TJM artist, Marlene D’Orazio Adler. She shows her work there b
08/09/2021

Great visit with TJM artist, Marlene D’Orazio Adler. She shows her work there b

Great visit with TJM artist, Marlene D’Orazio Adler. She shows her work there b

Maxine Schwartz with her Sukkah banner
08/02/2021

Maxine Schwartz with her Sukkah banner

Sukkah banner by guest artist, Diane Pieri.
08/02/2021

Sukkah banner by guest artist, Diane Pieri.

Joan Myerson Shrager’s banner for the KI Sukkah.
08/02/2021

Joan Myerson Shrager’s banner for the KI Sukkah.

Banner for the KI Sukkah created by the dynamic duo, Rob and Rhea Dennis
08/02/2021

Banner for the KI Sukkah created by the dynamic duo, Rob and Rhea Dennis

Sukkah banner by Paula Mandel
08/02/2021

Sukkah banner by Paula Mandel

The artists of our Collaborative have been busy creating amazing banners for the KI Sukkah. Here are a few of them. This...
08/02/2021

The artists of our Collaborative have been busy creating amazing banners for the KI Sukkah. Here are a few of them. This banner is by Karen Shain Schloss. More follow

A new exhibition of the works of Jacob Landau - the artist who created our extraordinary stained glass windows
06/28/2021
James Yarosh Associates presents "The Humanist Show" - works by Miriam Beerman, Jacob Landau and Sheba Sharrow

A new exhibition of the works of Jacob Landau - the artist who created our extraordinary stained glass windows

(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- James Yarosh Associates presents The Humanist Show, on display through October 2, 2021. The exhit includes work by Miriam Beerman, Jacob Landau and Sheba Sharrow - three museum-recognized artists whose work is being revisited as part of a curated exhibit that explores the different....

i just purchased a press photograph on Ebay for our collection that shows this young man, Jaime Greinstein who was execu...
06/08/2021
The tragic death of a Cuban Jew

i just purchased a press photograph on Ebay for our collection that shows this young man, Jaime Greinstein who was executed by Battista solely for his activism to bring Democracy to Cuba. I am proud that by collecting, exhibiting and posting online photographs that tell such stories, we can restore the memory of little known but heroic people like Jaimie. As soon as the photograph is formally accessioned into the collection it will be posted at TempleJudea [email protected]

Following the 1933 revolution in Cuba, the military government of Fulgencio Batista executed a 19-year-old man. It was the first and only time in the island’s history that a Cuban Jew had been summ…

Busy today editing our online files so that we can add to our uploads. Please visit Temple Judea Museum online collectio...
04/29/2021

Busy today editing our online files so that we can add to our uploads. Please visit Temple Judea Museum online collections to see some collection highlights

Busy today editing our online files so that we can add to our uploads. Please visit Temple Judea Museum online collections to see some collection highlights

03/23/2021

Our new exhibition is now open to the public. Journey Into Darkness....Heal With the Beauty of Life from the collection of Temple Judea Museum and HAMEC - The Holocaust Awareness and Education Center.
March 19 - June 30th, 2021
Gallery open by appointment. Masks are required.

Our exhibition, Moral Compass*: Artists Respond to Crisis ends on March 5th, 2021. If you have not had a change to see t...
02/10/2021

Our exhibition, Moral Compass*: Artists Respond to Crisis ends on March 5th, 2021. If you have not had a change to see the exhibition please call 215-887-8700 to arrange a gallery visit.
Mask must be worn.
Thank you,
Temple Judea Museum

Our exhibition, Moral Compass*: Artists Respond to Crisis ends on March 5th, 2021. If you have not had a change to see the exhibition please call 215-887-8700 to arrange a gallery visit.
Mask must be worn.
Thank you,
Temple Judea Museum

02/04/2021
Moral Compass* Artists Respond to Crisis Exhibition at the Temple Judea Museum

This video features work created by artists in response to the difficult times that we are presently living through. Their work reflects a wide variety of artistic approaches to the morally challenging crisis we have been confronted with as a society over the past year that includes the Covid19 Pandemic, Political Upheaval, Systemic Racism and so on. This inspiring exhibition will run through March 15th, 2021.

Lloyd Wolf’s work is in our upcoming exhibition, Moral Compass: Artists Respond to Crisis. Make sure to see his importan...
01/14/2021
Lloyd Wolf: The Jewish photographer who captured photos of Capitol mob

Lloyd Wolf’s work is in our upcoming exhibition, Moral Compass: Artists Respond to Crisis. Make sure to see his important photography at the Temple Judea Museum

But I came home to my partner, Ruth, and said ‘I’m OK, but I’m going to have a little PTSD stuff for a couple days.’

One of our TMJ artists,  Joan Myerson Shrager will be presenting her work with the Jewish Art Salon which is a group of ...
12/19/2020

One of our TMJ artists, Joan Myerson Shrager will be presenting her work with the Jewish Art Salon which is a group of International artists and scholars that promotes contemporary Jewish visual art. Joan's presentation is this Tuesday, December 22nd at 12 pm. The link is below:
https://jewishartsalon.org/

Marlene D'Orazio AdlerTitle: Cherished Keepsakes - Cherished MemoriesMedium: Mixed Media Collection of Temple Judea Muse...
12/01/2020

Marlene D'Orazio Adler
Title: Cherished Keepsakes - Cherished Memories
Medium: Mixed Media
Collection of Temple Judea Museum

Temple Judea Museum volunteer, Natalie Shamberg came to see Marlene's exhibition - Exploring Judaism and Spirituality.  ...
12/01/2020

Temple Judea Museum volunteer, Natalie Shamberg came to see Marlene's exhibition - Exploring Judaism and Spirituality. There is still time to see her exhibition runs through December 15th.
Call the museum for an appointment at 215-8878700 ext. 416

09/30/2020
Inside a Special Hanukkah Menorah Collection

Professor Sabar has an amazing collection of Jewish ephemera and Judaica. Among them, 25,000 Jewish cards - post cards, greeting cards , invitations etc.
He is a true Jewish dumpster diver
Enjoy

HOLY LAND UNCOVERED | Every night for eight nights, Jews around the world will light a Menorah – the unique candelabrum used on Hanukkah. Professor Shalom Sa...

Marlene made a virtual tour of her exhibition entitled Exploring Judaism and Spirituality currently on display at the Te...
09/16/2020

Marlene made a virtual tour of her exhibition entitled Exploring Judaism and Spirituality currently on display at the Temple Judea Museum. If you can not make an appointment to see the exhibition in person. The link below will take you to our YouTube channel to take the virtual tour. This is our first virtual tour and there will be more to come!
Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/TJkroMayNWw

Marlene D'Orazio Adler Title: “The Mitzvah of the Honeybee”Medium: Gouache and CollageSize: 22 in. W x 30 in. HGiclee Pr...
09/16/2020

Marlene D'Orazio Adler
Title: “The Mitzvah of the Honeybee”
Medium: Gouache and Collage
Size: 22 in. W x 30 in. H
Giclee Print (from an original gouache and watercolor)
This art work can be made in various sizes if interested in purchasing a print. Contact the museum if interested.

Artist Statement:
The honeybee is the most important pollinator of our crops. Honey is an amazing food source and it also has a symbolic connection to Jewish tradition. Honey is kosher and sustains life. Some traditions prefer using raw honeycomb, and the Hebrew word for “raw” is “chai," which is also translated as “life”. The numerical value of the Hebrew letters in chai is 18 which is considered a spiritual number.

We just received this amazing gift of an 18 volume history of the early settlers of the modern State of Israel. True pio...
09/16/2020

We just received this amazing gift of an 18 volume history of the early settlers of the modern State of Israel. True pioneers. It is in excellent condition. Rare and highly prized

Artists Ricki Lent and Robyn Miller meeting today with contractor Doni Avivi about plans for the installation of the won...
09/15/2020

Artists Ricki Lent and Robyn Miller meeting today with contractor Doni Avivi about plans for the installation of the wonderful new mosaic the two artists are creating for a special site at KI. Stay tuned as this work develops

09/15/2020

A wonderful visual essay for the High Holydays by Marlene D’Orazio Adler. Enjoy!

09/15/2020

Enjoy a tour through our KI/TJM Sukkah

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Temple Judea Museum Hosts Virtual Exhibit ‘Exploring Judaism and Spirituality” Temple Judea Museum at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel will host virtual exhibit “Exploring Judaism and Spirituality” by Marlene D’Orazio Adler through Dec. 15. A resident of Glenside, Adler is an art educator and has taught art in both public and private schools. The exhibit may be viewed at youtu.be/TJkroMayNWw. The exhibit may also be viewed in person by appointment only by calling 215-887-8700.
In the Temple Judea Museum’s 2012 exhibition, Engaged with Democracy – Our Passions, Our Visions we chose to look at political life, specifically the campaign process, through the lens of a biblically established Jewish affinity to be involved in processes that shape our governance. Now in 2020, during this current presidential campaign we revisit that exhibition. In order to understand the link between Jewish thought and the democratic process one has only to look at Philadelphia’s historic Liberty Bell, commissioned in 1751 to celebrate fifty years of William Penn’s Charter of Privileges, the colony’s law until 1776. The inscription chosen for the bell by a committee of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly is, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” from the book of Leviticus 25:10. EXHIBITION STATEMENT BY RABBI LANCE J. SUSSMAN, PH.D. Stand Beside Her and Guide Her: Jews, Politics and America Jewish people have lived in every imaginable polity from clans to tribes; from limited monarchies to empires; from dictatorships of all stripes to democracies. Jews have also supported a wide spectrum of political ideologies and economic philosophies. Jewish people have lived as an autonomous nation, as resident aliens and as enfranchised citizens of non-Jewish states. Today, the largest Jewish community in the world is in the State of Israel and is self-governing. The world’s second largest Jewish community is to be found here in the United States where Jews are a fully enfranchised ethno-religious minority in a remarkably heterogeneous society. American Jews have been particularly passionate about their involvement in American politics from the arrival of Jews in the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam in 1654 until today. Touchstones of this involvement include: the first Jewish colonists sustained effort for permission to settle permanently in New Amsterdam; the election of the first Jew to political office in the United States in 1776 (in South Carolina); the first Jew appointed to the Supreme Court; the first Jew to run for Vice President of the United States. Jews have been among the most politically active groups in American history. Jews have been Jeffersonians, Democrats, Republicans, Socialists, Libertarians, Bull Moose Progressives and more. Jews vote in record numbers, work for political campaigns and donate generously to political campaigns at every level of government. Jews even lobby the government of the United States. AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, is the leading, but hardly unique, example of American Jewish activism. Reform Judaism, as a religious movement, has also been politically active for over a hundred years. KI’s own Rabbi David Einhorn was a famous abolitionist. Beginning in the Progressive Era, Reform leaders, both lay and rabbinic, took controversial stands on child labor; separation of church and state; immigration policy; war and peace. The legislation for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was actually written on the premises of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center (RAC) in the nation’s capital. The RAC continues to be an integral part of the “Inside the Beltway” scene in Washington to this day. Politics is not a sport for the fainted hearted. It can be brutal and bruising. But is also an inalienable right for us to participate in the political process as individuals and as members of a small sub-community who proudly call themselves Americans. I was too young to say whether or not “I liked Ike” but I love “I like Ike” buttons, Gene McCarthy buttons and President McKinley buttons. They all point to the same things: our shared democratic values; our belief in the equality of all people in the eyes of the law; and the ongoing, inspiring promise of America! Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D. IMAGES: Political campaign pins from the collection of Flora L. Becker and her husband, the late Judge Edward R, Becker (1933 – 2006). The entire collection is a marvelous record of the elections and political trends of the past one hundred and forty-eight years. SOME BACKGROUND OF AMERICAN POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BUTTONS Political buttons were the political advertisements of their day and helped generate name recognition for candidates for public office. They date as far back as President George Washington when sewn on cloth buttons were used. The first mass production of pin-back political campaign buttons, as we know them today, came in 1896 for William McKinley’s campaign for the presidency of the United States. The earliest pin in the Becker Collection dates to the 1840 presidential campaign of William Henry Harrison. There is a lot to look for in this exhibition. Look for Milton J. Shapp who was the first constitutional governor to be elected to two consecutive terms in Pennsylvania. Shapp, originally Shapiro, changed his name because he was concerned with the prejudice that might result if it was known that he was Jewish. He was also the first Jewish Governor of Pennsylvania. OTHER PARTS OF THE EXHIBITION: The TJMuseum collection includes the Morris Finkel Memorial Collection of Russian early 20th century political posters. Displayed along with these exceptional and rare posters are two important loaned works from the collection of Lee and Barbara Maimon and a special focus on the groundbreaking Jewish American woman politician from New York, Bella Abzug. This exhibition demonstrates that political campaigns are about citizens who care passionately about the democratic process. The visual narrative tells of ardent collectors and artists who make the intangibles of doctrines and partisanship a tangible, accessible reality. https://www.kenesethisrael.org/tjm-democracy/
Photos by Marlene Adler, Poster by Joan Myerson Shrager. Chairs by the great artists of KI.
Stained Glass Project student talks about his window, The Elephant, to leaders of the Bridge to Uganda program in the museum.
Please visit the Temple Judea Museum to see The Stained Glass Project Windows for Uganda. Members Paula Mandel and Joan Myerson Shrager are putting the finishing touches on the exhibition. Come see what our talented Philly teens have done.