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.

Happy Memorial Day. Today we remember the men and women from our congregation who have served in the armed forced. 1944 ...
05/25/2020

Happy Memorial Day. Today we remember the men and women from our congregation who have served in the armed forced. 1944 Photo from our archives of a World War II Service to honor the Armed Forces. There are two large plaques in our Fifth Avenue lobby to honor the men and women who served in both World Wars.
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Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P115]
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Lazare Saminsky (1882-1959) served as Music Director at Emanu-El from 1924-1959. He was a well-known Ukrainian-born comp...
05/22/2020

Lazare Saminsky (1882-1959) served as Music Director at Emanu-El from 1924-1959. He was a well-known Ukrainian-born composer who wrote symphonies and opera, as well as choral compositions and many works for the synagogue that are still used to this day in our worship services. This photo from our archives, ca. 1950, Saminsky is in our choir loft rehearsing with the Temple Emanu-El choir.
Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P690]
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Juif (Jewish Man)From Recuiel de cent estampes representant differentes nations du LevantEngraved by Bernard Baron after...
05/21/2020

Juif (Jewish Man)
From Recuiel de cent estampes representant differentes nations du Levant
Engraved by Bernard Baron after Jean-Baptiste Vanmour
Paris, 1714
Museum Purchase Fund [CEE 05-07]
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The Jewish man seen here is wearing a ferace, an ankle-length cloak for outdoor wear. He is also wearing a boneta, or kaveze, a cylindrical hat widening at the top and wrapped with a colorful “turban” at its lower part. In the eighteenth century, Constantinople was a magnet for European artists. Foremost among them was Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, who arrived in Constantinople in the suite of the French ambassador, the Marquis de Ferriol, at the age of twenty-eight in 1699. He remained there until he died in 1737.
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Our Goldsmith Building was completed and dedicated in 1964. Because of the growth of our congregation and our Religious ...
05/20/2020

Our Goldsmith Building was completed and dedicated in 1964. Because of the growth of our congregation and our Religious School in the late 1950s and early 1960s the congregation saw a need for expansion. Luckily the property on East 66th Street was secured, and we built an adjoining building to our Community House. Today the Goldsmith building houses our department of Lifelong Learning, Nursery School and Lowenstein Sanctuary where many of our Streicker Center events take place. Seen here is the groundbreaking of the building in 1962 with Rabbis Mark and Perilman and Leon Lowenstein.
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Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P445]
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#MuseumFromHome #EmanuElfromHome #archives #templearchives #archivesofinstagram #goldsmith #religiousschool

From our current exhibition Hello Gorgeous, on the life and career of Barbra Streisand. Deb Kass (American, b. 1952)Six ...
05/19/2020

From our current exhibition Hello Gorgeous, on the life and career of Barbra Streisand. Deb Kass (American, b. 1952)
Six Blue Barbras (The Jewish Jackie Series), 1992
Screenprint and scrylic on canvas
On Loan from the Jewish Museum, Gift of Seth Cohen (2004-10)
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Deborah Kass examines the tensions among popular culture, fine art, and identity. In her Warhol Project (1992-2000), Kass appropriated Warhol's techniques, colors, and compositions. Six Blue Barbras retroactively introduces Barbra Streisand to the pantheon of female celebrities portrayed by Warhol in the early 1960s. The project concluded with the ironic self-portrait Red Deb that re-created the Liz Taylor of Warhol's 1963 painting in the Kass's own image. The works boldly displace the art of a male predecessor into feminist narrative.
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#MuseumFromHome #EmanuElfromHome #hellogorgeous #exhibition #debkass #popart #portrait #portraiture #barbrastreisand #debkass #jewishmuseum

L. G. StrandStereograph of Temple Emanu-El, 43rd Street (Jewish Synagogue Fifth Avenue)New York, ca. 1890...The stereogr...
05/18/2020

L. G. Strand
Stereograph of Temple Emanu-El, 43rd Street (Jewish Synagogue Fifth Avenue)
New York, ca. 1890
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The stereograph, otherwise known as the stereogram, stereoptican, or stereo view, was the nineteenth-century predecessor of the Polaroid, with an imaginative flair. Placed on cardboard were two almost identical photographs, side by side, to be viewed with a stereoscope. When viewed through a stereoscope, the photograph appeared three-dimensional, an awe-inspiring illusion for anyone during that time.
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Museum Purchase Fund [CEE 16-15]
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Shabbat Shalom!Silver covered Kiddush cupPersia, late 19th centuryAccording to the note in Judge Lehman’s collection not...
05/15/2020

Shabbat Shalom!
Silver covered Kiddush cup
Persia, late 19th century
According to the note in Judge Lehman’s collection notebook this cup belonged to Rabbi Judah Magnes who purchased it in Jerusalem, most likely from a Persian Jew.
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Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman [CEE 45-72]
#MuseumFromHome #EmanuElFromHome #shabbat #shabbatshalom #kiddush #kiddushcup #perisa #judaica #silver #persianjudaica #putabirdonit #lehmancollection

Hats off to our students in the Religious School for finishing another great year of learning! #tbt from our Temple Arch...
05/14/2020

Hats off to our students in the Religious School for finishing another great year of learning! #tbt from our Temple Archives: Temple Beth-El Sabbath School Certificate for Marshall M. Bernstein
New York, 1911
[CEE 98-10.01]
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From our current exhibition Hello Gorgeous: Streisand got her first role in a Broadway show playing the role of Miss Mar...
05/13/2020

From our current exhibition Hello Gorgeous: Streisand got her first role in a Broadway show playing the role of Miss Marmelstein in the musical I Can Get it for You Wholesale. Here, she met her first husband Eliot Gould who had a lead role.
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#hellogorgeous #barbrastreisand #icangetitforyouwholesale #broadwaymuscial #missmarmelstein #jewishmuseum #judaicamuseum #musicaltheater #theatrenerd #instatheatre #theaterlife #broadwayshow #actressshoutout @ Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica

This past Sunday Hebrew Union College ordained its rabbis and cantors. Emanu-El has been the host to the New York campus...
05/12/2020

This past Sunday Hebrew Union College ordained its rabbis and cantors. Emanu-El has been the host to the New York campus ordination services for many years. Mazel tov to the new rabbis and cantors.
From our Temple Archives, an image of HUC ordination in 1979
Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #ordination #rabbis #cantors #archives #archivesofinstagram @ New York, New York

Yesterday, May 10, was Kaufman Kohler’s birthday. Happy 177th Birthday to the German-born, scholar, theologian and rabbi...
05/11/2020

Yesterday, May 10, was Kaufman Kohler’s birthday. Happy 177th Birthday to the German-born, scholar, theologian and rabbi. Kohler was Temple Beth-El’s rabbi from 1879 until 1903 when he became the president of Hebrew Union College. He was a major innovator in the Reform Judaism. Kohler died on January 28, 1926.
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From our collection is this commemorative cup, made in the Egyptian revival style by the Gorham Company. Presented to Kohler on his birthday in 1913. The inscription reads: The Central Conference of American Rabbis to its honorary president Rev. Dr. Kaufman (sic) Kohler on the completion of the seventieth year of his life as a testimonial of its esteem and its appreciation of his distinguished career as a scholar, theologian and active rabbi. May 10, 1913, 3 Iyar 5673.
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Gift of Ms. Lili Kohler, daughter of Kaufmann Kohler [CEE 56-04]
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#MuseumFromHome #EmanuElFromHome #rabbi #reformjudiasm #kaufmannkohler #bethel #CCAR #HUC #gorhamsilver #otd #onthisday

Ben Shahn was a Jewish Lithuanian-born American artist, muralist, social activist and photographer.  Shahn became a lead...
05/08/2020

Ben Shahn was a Jewish Lithuanian-born American artist, muralist, social activist and photographer. Shahn became a leading American social realist, known for his linear and abstracted images imbued with his deep personal, political and social views. He came with his family to New York in 1906, where he worked as a lithographer until 1930. In the 1930s he produced a number of murals, and served as an assistant to Diego Rivera for the infamous Rockefeller Center mural. He also worked as a photographer for the Federal Art Project. The first major retrospective of his painting was held at the @museumofmodernart in New York City in 1948.

Ben Shahn (1898-1969)
Birds Over the City
Lithograph,
New York, 1968
Gift of Dr. Philip Levine [CEE 83-04]
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The Ark was the Religious School Yearbook. Here are pages from the 1962 issue. The Ark often featured student writing, p...
05/07/2020

The Ark was the Religious School Yearbook. Here are pages from the 1962 issue. The Ark often featured student writing, photos of activities, holidays and performances.
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#yearbook #MuseumFromHome #EmanuElFromHome #archives #templearchives #archivesofinstagram #religiouschool #1960s #theark #tbt @ Temple Emanu-El

In May 1997 thanks to the generosity of Herbert & Eileen Bernard, Temple Emanu-El opened its doors to a formal Judaica M...
05/06/2020

In May 1997 thanks to the generosity of Herbert & Eileen Bernard, Temple Emanu-El opened its doors to a formal Judaica Museum for its esteemed collection for the first time. Happy 23rd birthday to us!
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Temple Emanu-El Photo Archives [P1750]
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Artists Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) and her sister, Gloria Ross (1923-1998) grew up at Temple Emanu-El. Their father...
05/05/2020

Artists Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) and her sister, Gloria Ross (1923-1998) grew up at Temple Emanu-El. Their father was New York State Supreme Court Judge Alfred Frankenthaler. Gloria remained involved with Emanu-El for her life and left the Museum a series of tapestries as well as this lovely painting done by her sister. This painting is part of a series Frankenthaler did titled Possibilities from 1966.
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[CEE 93-08] Gift of Gloria Ross
#femaleartists #helenfrankenthaler #collection #MuseumFromHome #EmanuElFromHome #possibilites

Yesterday would have been Golda Meir’s 122nd birthday. Meir served as fourth prime minister of Israel and was the focus ...
05/04/2020

Yesterday would have been Golda Meir’s 122nd birthday. Meir served as fourth prime minister of Israel and was the focus of our 2016 exhibition and Streicker Center programming: All About Golda. Above are images from our installation including our reproduction of ‘Golda’s Kitchen.’
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#otd #golda #israel #goldameir #exhibition #collection #MuseumFromHome #EmanuElFromHome #allaboutgolda #gogoldago

Interior of Temple Beth-El, opening of new building at 76th Street and Fifth Avenue, 1891. Few images of the interior of...
05/01/2020

Interior of Temple Beth-El, opening of new building at 76th Street and Fifth Avenue, 1891. Few images of the interior of Beth-El exist. In fact this is the only image of the interior in our collection. While the exterior of the building was an imposing uptown edifice and could be seen from Central Park, very few images were taken from inside. This particular image comes form an illustrator at Century Magazine covering an article about the Jews of New York. “The Jews in New York” The Century Magazine, vol. XLIII, no. 8 (January 1892).
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Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P866]
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#tbt Restoration of our Fifth Avenue SanctuaryTemple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P1032]...#tbt #restoration #emanuelfromhome...
04/30/2020

#tbt Restoration of our Fifth Avenue Sanctuary
Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P1032]
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#tbt #restoration #emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #archives #archivesofinstagram #templearhives #santuary

Museum From Home Yom HaAtzma’ut (Israeli Independence Day)  edition. Happy 72nd Birthday Israel!...In honor of Israel’s ...
04/29/2020

Museum From Home Yom HaAtzma’ut (Israeli Independence Day) edition.
Happy 72nd Birthday Israel!
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In honor of Israel’s Independence Day we looked into the collection at some of the many items that supported or were made in the Land of Israel. This tzedakah box or pushkie, as it is affectionately known, was distributed by the Jewish National Fund to raise money for the State of Israel. This particular box is from the 1930s. We are proud that many items in our collection and our past exhibition support and explore the Land of Israel and its people.
Congregation Emanu-El Purchase Fund [CEE 94-06]
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#MuseumFromHome #EmanuElFromHome #Israel #Israel72 #tzedakah #chairty #yomhatzmaut #pushkie #israel

Portrait of Barbra Streisand by Henry Koerner(1915-1991) on loan from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery..Time Ma...
04/28/2020

Portrait of Barbra Streisand by Henry Koerner(1915-1991) on loan from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
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Time Magazine, April 1964 on loan from Lou Paplas
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Portrait of Barbra Streisand by Henry Kleenex (1915-1991) on loan from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery..Time M...
04/28/2020

Portrait of Barbra Streisand by Henry Kleenex (1915-1991) on loan from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
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Time Magazine, April 1964 on loan from Lou Paplas
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Bezalel School of Arts and CraftsZionist Cigarette CaseJerusalem, ca. 1920Engraved with the Zionist song "Carry the Flag...
04/27/2020

Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts
Zionist Cigarette Case
Jerusalem, ca. 1920
Engraved with the Zionist song "Carry the Flag of Zion"
Congregation Emanu-El Purchase Fund [CEE 95-13]
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#MuseumFromHome #EmanuelFromHome #Bezalel #Zionism #collection @ Temple Emanu-El

Religious School Students in the Stettenheim Library, 1944Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P1023]...Named in memory of Rel...
04/23/2020

Religious School Students in the Stettenheim Library, 1944
Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P1023]
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Named in memory of Religious School student Ivan M. Stettenheim, did you know the Library was originally located on the second floor of our community house. It was relocated in 1997 to make space for our museum. Come check out our e-book program: https://www.emanuelnyc.org/library/e-books/
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#MuseumFromHome #EmanuElfromHome #library #stettenheim #templeemanuel #religiousschool #1944 #archives #archviesofinstagram #templearchives #reading

Special pots were made to contain the henna used by North African Jews for application to the face and hands of a bride ...
04/21/2020

Special pots were made to contain the henna used by North African Jews for application to the face and hands of a bride and other female members of the bridal party. (Occasionally henna might also be applied to the groom). Henna was thought to protect the bride from evil. The designs on the pot were probably also deemed protective and serve as hex signs.
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Fez, Morocco
Late 19th century
Painted glazed ceramic
Congregation Emanu-El Museum Purchase Fund [CEE 86-07]
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#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #museum #collection #morocco #jewishmorocco #henna

Gown for TV special My Name is Barbra. Aired on CBS in April 1965. Streisand won her first Emmy for this production. The...
04/20/2020

Gown for TV special My Name is Barbra. Aired on CBS in April 1965. Streisand won her first Emmy for this production. The TV special coincided with the release of her fifth studio album by the same name. This gown was designed by Streisand and was fabricated by Bill Blass. Courtesy of Lou Papalas, Palm Desert, CA. Image from our current exhibition: Hello Gorgeous.



#hellogorgeous #barbrastreisand #mynameisbarbra #billblass #CBS #museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #exhibition #costume @ Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica

If we had to choose one object in our collection that showcases the values and spirit of Emanu-El it would be the Schiff...
04/16/2020

If we had to choose one object in our collection that showcases the values and spirit of Emanu-El it would be the Schiff Torah shield. #MuseumFromHome 175th Anniversary Edition .
@bernardmuseumofjudaica #EmanuelAtHome
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Posen Workshop
Torah Shield
Frankfurt, 1891
Silver, gilt, lapis, enamel
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Hymn written for the 75th Anniversary of the Congregation in 1920. ••#museumfromhome #emanuelathome #175 #anniversary #e...
04/15/2020

Hymn written for the 75th Anniversary of the Congregation in 1920.


#museumfromhome #emanuelathome #175 #anniversary #emanuel175 #archives #archivesofinstagram #templearchives #jewisharchives #hymn

#MuseumFromHome 175th Anniversary Edition...#EmanuelAtHome••Photograph from the 100th anniversary of Emanu-El in 1945 Fr...
04/14/2020

#MuseumFromHome 175th Anniversary Edition...#EmanuelAtHome


Photograph from the 100th anniversary of Emanu-El in 1945
From Left to right: Herbert Lehman, Admiral Lewis Strauss (president of the congregation), Dr. Samuel Goldenson
Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P157]
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Today marks Congregation Emanu-El’s 175th anniversary. In honor of this momentous occasion we will dedicate our social m...
04/13/2020

Today marks Congregation Emanu-El’s 175th anniversary. In honor of this momentous occasion we will dedicate our social media posts this week to looking back at some images of our history. We look forward to celebrating and honoring our cherished legacy together in the not so distant future.


Today a look back at our past buildings:
1. 1845- 1848: Grand and Clinton Streets (Lower East Side)
2. 1848-1854: 56 Chrystie Street (formerly a Methodist Chruch)
3. 1854-1868: 110 East 12th Street (formerly a Baptist Church)
4. 1868-1927: East 43rd Street and Fifth Avenue
5. 1891-1929: Temple Beth-El, East 76th Street and Fifth Avenue (merged with Emanu-El in 1927)
6. 1929-today: East 65th Street and Fifth Avenue.
#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #archives #archivesofinstagram #templearchives #templehistory #newyork #175 #anniversary #synagogue #architecture #jewisharchitecture

#Repost @emanuel_nyc・・・Today's #MusuemFromHome #EmanuelAtHome are these Torah Finials. Used to cover the top of the Tora...
04/10/2020

#Repost @emanuel_nyc
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Today's #MusuemFromHome #EmanuelAtHome are these Torah Finials.
Used to cover the top of the Torah staves while in the ark, these unmarked finials were likely based on earlier models from The Netherlands in the 18th century. Their tiered towered shape with crowns on top resembles the great work of master silversmiths from England and Holland. This form was popularized for more than two centuries first in the Sephardic diasporas and eventually in Ashkenazi communities, especially here in the US.
Torah Finials
United States (?), late 19th century
Gift of Davis Brown [CEE 29-67 a-b]
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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