Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica

Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica The mission of the Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica is to examine and engage with the intersections of Jewish history, culture and identity.
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The museum collection, assembled over many decades, bears witness to the Temple’s past, as well as to a desire to understand ourselves as part of a world Jewish community. To this end, the collection features memorabilia and liturgical objects that come from our congregational family, as well as ritual and everyday artifacts that were a part of Jewish life throughout the world.

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Chag Sameach! Wishing everyone a festive Sukkot.Image of the Sukkah in the Main Sanctuary circa 1955. From the Temple Ar...
10/02/2020

Chag Sameach! Wishing everyone a festive Sukkot.

Image of the Sukkah in the Main Sanctuary circa 1955. From the Temple Archives.

Shanah Tovah! A sweet and healthy new year. Thank you for joining us on our five day journey looking at shofars. To roun...
09/18/2020

Shanah Tovah! A sweet and healthy new year. Thank you for joining us on our five day journey looking at shofars. To round it out here is an image from a radiator cover from our Beth-El chapel.
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #shofar #radiator #brass #artdeco

Continuing our countdown to Rosh Hashanah we take a look at the shofar imagery in the decoration in the Fifth Avenue San...
09/17/2020

Continuing our countdown to Rosh Hashanah we take a look at the shofar imagery in the decoration in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary.
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Detail of Stained Glass Window with Shofars. Design by Montague Castle
1929.
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #stainedglass #montaguecastle #shofar #santuary #temple #synagoguearchitecture #jewishglass

Continuing our shofar theme this week. A photo of Rabbi David Posner, of blessed memory, blows the shofar for the Religi...
09/16/2020

Continuing our shofar theme this week. A photo of Rabbi David Posner, of blessed memory, blows the shofar for the Religious School, 1988. From the Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P1119].
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #shofar #roshhashanah #archives #archivesofinstagram #photoarchives #rabbis

Our countdown to Rosh Hashanah continues With a deep look into our collections and archives. Detail image of Torah Shiel...
09/15/2020

Our countdown to Rosh Hashanah continues With a deep look into our collections and archives.

Detail image of Torah Shield
Nuremberg, Ca. 1717
[CEE 45-17] Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman.
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#museumfromhome #emanuelathome #roshhashanah #judaica #shofar

Countdown to the new year begins. We will be posting Rosh Hashanah related items from our collection and building this w...
09/14/2020

Countdown to the new year begins. We will be posting Rosh Hashanah related items from our collection and building this week.
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This image is from Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, September 15, 1888, titled
Blowing the shofar at Temple Emanu-El, 43rd Street and Fifth Avenue. [CEE 99-02].
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Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year. #shanahtova #museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #newyear #jewishnewyear #shofar #vintagenewspaper

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2...
08/24/2020

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2007 exhibition Sanctuary Revealed: The Restoration of an Architectural Icon. This exhibition corresponded with the completion of the restoration of our historic sanctuary and community house. The exhibition featured photographs commissioned by the architects of our building upon the completion of the original construction in 1929, presented in dialogue with corresponding images taken during the course of the restoration, completed in 2006. The extensive restoration project began in October of 2004. The scope of the project included cleaning seventy years of accumulated grime from the usually inaccessible surfaces of the Temple’s vast interior and restoring design elements to their original pristine condition. Important systems upgrades were also undertaken, most notably the addition of air conditioning and the enhancement of both lighting and sound.
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#pastexhibitonmonday #museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #restoration #phtography #photoexhibition #santuary #architectualicon #2007exhibitions

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2...
08/10/2020

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2008 exhibition Past Perfect, the Jewish Experience in Early-20th Century Postcards. This exhibition was a loan exhibition from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary. The earliest and largest number of Jewish picture postcards were Rosh Ha-Shanah greetings. While the picture postcards of the non-Jewish world often focused on famous world monuments and tourist attractions, those produced for Jews frequently displayed Jewish monuments: synagogues from around the world. Of particular interest were the large and elaborate temples constructed in the late-19th and early-20th centuries across Europe and the United States. As many of the European synagogues were destroyed during the Holocaust, postcards are often the only known visual record of these majestic buildings. Another popular subject featured on these cards is “exotic” Jewish images, which captured the imagination of European Jews. The Orientalist phenomenon in European culture translated in Jewish circles into the “discovery” of lesser known Jewish types. Many cards were illustrated with photographs of Jews from Yemen, Bukhara and other of Islamic lands, dressed in their colorful native garb. The photographers who traveled to countries such as Morocco and Tunisia visually preserved and recorded the Jewish quarters and the daily life of their inhabitants. These images were then widely distributed on postcards, providing European and American Jews with a glimpse into the little-known, remote corners of the Jewish world.
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #postcards #jewishpostcards #postcardexhibition #newyearsgreeting #synagoguepostcard #northafricanjews #ethnographicpostcards

Every Friday we take a closer look at one of the artists or craftspeople that helped design our buildings and spaces of ...
08/07/2020

Every Friday we take a closer look at one of the artists or craftspeople that helped design our buildings and spaces of worship. Today we are looking at the work of Montague Castle. Castle designed three of the large bay windows in the Main Sanctuary as well as two small windows for the north and south stairwells. Castle was born in Montreal in 1867, at the age of 21 he moved to New York and studied at the Art Students League and then studied in Paris. He started working exclusively in stained glass in 1897. In addition to creating windows for the congregation he was also hired to remove and store the Tiffany stained glass window formerly in the 43rd Street building, now in the Beth-El Chapel. Castle died in New York in 1939. Seen here are details from the Emanuel Lehman memorial window.
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #montaguecastle #stainedglass #stainedglasswindows #synagoguearchitecture #design #1929design @ Temple Emanu-El

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2...
08/03/2020

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2007 exhibiton Houses of Life, Jewish Cemeteries of Europe. This exhibition was based on the book Houses of Life: Jewish Cemeteries of Europe by Dr. Joachim G. Jacobs with photographs by Hans D. Beyer. The images in the exhibition presented a view of Jewish burial grounds across Europe spanning more than 2,000 years. The photographs depict an array of topographical realities confronting those faced with the responsibility of building a Beit Hayyim (house of life). They also serve as witness to the variety of funerary customs and design aesthetics among the Jewish people during the past two millennia. Cemeteries represented included: catacombs of Ancient Rome, cemeteries of the Middle Ages in Worms, Mainz, Venice and Prague. Renaissance and Baroque cemeteries of the Sephardim and Ashkenazim, including the communities of Amsterdam, Berlin, Krakow and Istanbul. In the modern era cemeteries of the Emancipated Jews in Paris, Budapest and Berlin.
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #cemeteries #pastexhibition #photoexhibition #cemeteryphotos #jewishburial #housesoflife #hansbeyer #joachimjacobs

Every Friday we take a closer look at one of the artists or craftspeople that helped design our buildings and spaces of ...
07/31/2020

Every Friday we take a closer look at one of the artists or craftspeople that helped design our buildings and spaces of worship. Today we are looking at the work of Mark Podwal. In 1996 he designed an Aubusson tapestry for the ark in the Main Sanctuary. The tapestry features the 10 commandments flanked by the columns of Solomon’s Temple. He also designed five Torah mantles symbolizing each of the five books of Moses. Podwal’s tapestry remained in the ark until the early 2000’s when restoration on the sanctuary began. Podwal’s work can also be seen in our Museum collection, pages from his portfolio volume All this has come upon us…, a portfolio of 42 archival pigment prints with verses from Psalms.
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #markpodwal #jewishartist #fabricart #synagoguetextiles #arkcurtain #parokhet #mantels

The architects of our current building were Robert Kohn, Charles Butler and Clarence Stein.  After the completion of the...
07/30/2020

The architects of our current building were Robert Kohn, Charles Butler and Clarence Stein. After the completion of the building they were permitted to throw a celebratory dinner in honor of all the builders and craftspeople who worked on the building in November of 1929 in the ‘banquet hall of the new Temple.’ The hall would not formally be renamed in memory of Rabbi I. M. Wise until 1930. The banquet featured this hand-made menu featuring caricature drawings of the architects posing as waiters, depictions of the Temple during construction, and key dates in building process from 1927-1929, and of course the menu. Highlights of the dinner included cream of tomato soup, squab chicken en casserole and assorted cakes.

Kohn, Robert Butler and Clarence Stein
Architects Banquet Menu
New York, 1929
[CEE 18-13]
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #Emanuel175 #menu #architectbanquet #synagoguearchitecture #ephemra #vintagemenus #kohnbutlerstein #1929menus



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The architects of our current building were Robert Kohn, Charles Butler and Clarence Stein.  After the completion of the...
07/30/2020

The architects of our current building were Robert Kohn, Charles Butler and Clarence Stein. After the completion of the building they were permitted to throw a celebratory dinner in honor of all the builders and craftspeople who worked on the building in November of 1929 in the ‘banquet hall of the new Temple.’ The hall would not formally be renamed in memory of Rabbi I. M. Wise until 1930. The banquet featured this hand-made menu featuring caricature drawings of the architects posing as waiters, depictions of the Temple during construction, and key dates in building process from 1927-1929, and of course the menu. Highlights of the dinner included cream of tomato soup, squab chicken en casserole and assorted cakes.

Kohn, Robert Butler and Clarence Stein
Architects Banquet Menu
New York, 1929
[CEE 18-13]
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #Emanuel175 #menu #architectbanquet #synagoguearchitecture #ephemra #vintagemenus #kohnbutlerstein #1929menus

Girl from the Religious School wears fundraising campaign poster to raise money for the Building Fund, 1962. The buildin...
07/29/2020

Girl from the Religious School wears fundraising campaign poster to raise money for the Building Fund, 1962. The building Fund helped secure the remainder of funds needed to build the Goldsmith Building (East 66th Street) completed in 1964. Many students helped campaign by wearing signs and encouraging parents and congregants to give generously. By the late 1950s our school was rapidly growing and needed the extra classroom space.
Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P648]
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #religiouschool #fundraising #archives #archivesofinstagram #templearchives #photoarchive #buildingfund #1960s

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2...
07/27/2020

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2006 exhibition Culture and Costume: Depictions of Jewish Dress Across Five Centuries. This exhibition documented the perceptions and imaginings of Jewish modes of dress in North Africa, the Ottoman Empire, and Europe from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. These illustrations, made by travelers and artists, were included in travelogues, history and costume books and albums that purported to elucidate for a mostly European audience the local manners, laws, religions, and ways of life of foreign peoples. Although initially integrated into these larger works, over the centuries many of the prints featured in this exhibition were removed from the original publications for which they were created. The earliest printed images designed expressly to document what people wore first appeared in the sixteenth century. The costumes shown in this exhibition reveal much about the people who wore them: traditions, cultural attributes, adaptations of foreign styles, degrees of assimilation, and social standing. At certain periods in history, Jews were subjected to elaborately detailed regulations regarding their dress.



#pastexhibitonmonday #museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #costumeprints #jewishcostumes #jewishprints #printculture #jewishexhibitions

This is the wedding portrait of Helen Krass Popper (1911-2001), daughter of Rabbi Nathan Krass (rabbi of Emanu-El from 1...
07/23/2020

This is the wedding portrait of Helen Krass Popper (1911-2001), daughter of Rabbi Nathan Krass (rabbi of Emanu-El from 1923-1949) on the day of her wedding. She married Edward Popper on February 14, 1929. This photograph and her gown are now part of the Museum’s collection thanks to her children. The gown was custom made for Popper and reflects the style of the time, with a train that is almost nine feet long. The Poppers were married at Emanu-El with Helen’s father officiating, and the party was the social event of the season taking place at the Waldorf Astoria. These items in our collections, along with Rabbi Krass’ papers in our archives gives us a glimpse into the lives of our members almost a century ago.

Helen Krass Popper Wedding Portrait
Silver gelatin print
Gift of Jane Zorek and John Popper [CEE 18-20]
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#museumfromHome #emanuelfromhome #emanuel175 #emanuelweddings #1929wedding #helenkrasspopper #weddingdress #weddingportrait #jewishwedding

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2...
07/20/2020

Join us every Monday for our series as we look back at some of our #pastexhibitions. This week we look at the museum’s 2005 exhibition Scattered Among the Nations: Jewish Communities of India, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Peru and Uzbekistan featuring photographs from Bryan Schwarz. Schwartz is an Oakland, California,-based civil rights attorney and a widely published writer and photographer who has photographed and documented the world’s most far-flung Jewish communities in twenty-eight countries on five continents. The photographs from this exhibition capture populations that remain on the geographic and cultural fringes of the modern Jewish Diaspora. From the Benei Menashe tribes in the hills of northeastern India to a farming village in Ghana, West Africa; from crowded corners of Bombay to peaceful Andean villages of Peru—each of these Jewish communities challenges stereotypes, preserving Jewish practice apart from the mainstream Jewish community.



#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #pastexhibitions #bryanschwartzphotos #jewishphotography #jewishdiaspora #diasporaphotography

Every Friday we take a closer look at one of the artists or craftspeople that helped design our buildings and spaces of ...
07/17/2020

Every Friday we take a closer look at one of the artists or craftspeople that helped design our buildings and spaces of worship. Today we are looking at the work of G. Owen Boanwit (1891-1971) stained glass artist. Bonawit was commissioned to design two of the large windows, 4 smaller windows in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary, vestibule windows and several smaller windows in the Beth-El Chapel. He was known for his commissions at universities and churches around the northeast.

Detail images from two large windows in the Sanctuary, 1929.

#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #stainedglass #stainedglasswindows #gowenbonawit #bonawitwindows #synagoguearchitecture #design #1929design

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Emanu-El purchased the land to build their cemetery in 1851. The land was purchased from a man named Abraham Snedeker. A...
07/16/2020

Emanu-El purchased the land to build their cemetery in 1851. The land was purchased from a man named Abraham Snedeker. According to one early description: “the ground has been called Salem Field, and it has already become one of the finest of our [New York’s] many cities of the dead.” The 19th century saw a rise in American cemetery landscape architecture to build vast mausoleums, beautiful manicured grounds to make them appealing and peaceful places for families to visit. Emanu-El hired architect Henry Fernbach, who was one of the principle designers of the 43rd Street Temple to build a series of new, modern buildings on the ground. This design seen here was celebrated and submitted to a trade journal for its pride? While these buildings have since been replaced, and a chapel added they are a delightful glimpse into the architecture and culture of the time.

Design by Henry Fernbach
Keeper’s Dwelling, Waiting Rooms - Salem Fields Cemetery from the American Architect and Building News
New York, 1877
Museum Purchase Fund [CEE 05-09]

#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #Emanuel175 #salemfields #cemetery #Fernbach #19thcenturyarchitecture #brooklynqueens #historiccemeteries

The Jewish community in Anatolia or Asia Minor, already referenced in the Hebrew Bible, is among the oldest in the world...
07/15/2020

The Jewish community in Anatolia or Asia Minor, already referenced in the Hebrew Bible, is among the oldest in the world. Pergamus or Pergamum (known today as Bergama, Turkey) was an ancient city near the northwest coast of Asia Minor whose Jewish community is attested to in the first century B.C.E. by the Roman orator, Cicero.

In this print a young woman, preparing to serve a hot beverage to an unseen person, most likely her father. In addition to her manner of dress, the heavy drapery and lattice-work windows, the artist has inserted a variety of objects which serve to further enhance the "oriental" atmosphere of the composition such as the tall damascene ewer, the "finjan" or coffee-pot, the curved-bladed scimitar, and the hookah.

The Jews Daughter from Pergamus
London, ca. 1840
Museum Purchase Fund [05-01]

#MuseumFromHome #EmanuelAtHome
#jewishlife #jewishmuseum #judaica #costumehistory #fashionhistory #antiquity #classicalart #paintingsofinstagram #cicero #hebrew #torah #pergamum #anatolia #lattice #middleeastern #ancienthistory #19thcentury #19centuryart #artfinder

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NEW DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A HIDDEN SHOAH STORY Dear friends, It’s an honor for me to be at the forefront of a story tradition that belongs uniquely to children of Holocaust survivors. Thank you for inviting me to tell you more. My new film is quite a departure from my last one, LUNCH, about Jewish comedy legends: The Presence of Their Absence follows a son of survivors on a journey to trace his inherited trauma. Armed with only scant clues from his late parents, Fred Zaidman ventures into the unknown to tell his story for this first time. With helpers in Poland, Israel, Germany, and an unlikely source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta - Fred finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah. Yad Vashem has called The Presence of Their Absence “a film for the ages”. We are delighted it has just come to Digital HD on iTunes and your other platforms: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-presence-of-their-absence/id1449946652 https://www.amazon.com/Presence-Their-Absence-Fred-Zaidman/dp/B07P1C57FL. You may also order a DVD on our website: https://thepresenceoftheirabsence.com/ I hope you will view the film, send your thoughts, and share your personal stories on [email protected] With gratitude, Donna Kanter and team
NEW DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A HIDDEN SHOAH STORY Dear friends, It is an honor for me to be at the forefront of a story tradition that belongs uniquely to children of Holocaust survivors. It is quite a departure from my last film, LUNCH, featuring comedy legends. Thank you for inviting us to tell you more. It is a special privilege to follow one son of survivors on a journey to trace his inherited trauma in my documentary, The Presence of Their Absence. Armed with only scant clues from his late parents, Fred Zaidman ventures into the unknown to tell his story for this first time. With helpers in Poland, Israel, Germany, and an unlikely source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta - Fred finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah. Yad Vashem has called The Presence of Their Absence “a film for the ages”. We are delighted it has just come to Digital HD on iTunes and your other platforms:https://itunes.apple.com/…/the-presence-of-the…/id 1449946652 - The link includes the trailer. Also try: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Presence-Their-Absence-Fred-Zaidman/dp/B07P1C57FL It is also available on DVD. Information is on our website (thepresenceoftheirabsence,.com) I hope you will view the film, send your thoughts (and consider sharing your personal stories), as we plan a new film on trans-generational trauma. With gratitude, Donna Kanter and team