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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It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of the death of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Cissy Grossman. Ci...
06/08/2021

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of the death of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Cissy Grossman. Cissy was assistant curator at the Jewish Museum in the late 1970s. Throughout her career she published exhibition and collection catalogs, most notably working with the Judaica collections of Temple Emanu-El and Central Synagogue and was the author of our catalog A Temple Treasury. For over twenty years was the curator of the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Collection. She is seen here at an exhibition opening she curated in 1993 in the IM Wise Hall.

Temple Emanu-El Photo Archvie [P1564]

#curators #cissygrossman #teacher #friend #mentor #judaica #exhibitions

BEYOND THE NARROW PLACE: A Virtual Exhibition by members of the Barbara C. Freedman Artists’ Beit Midrash at the Temple ...
06/04/2021

BEYOND THE NARROW PLACE: A Virtual Exhibition by members of the Barbara C. Freedman Artists’ Beit Midrash at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center.
A Skirball Academy Class

Virtual Opening: Monday, June 7, 7:00 to 8:30 PM EDT
Register here: https://streicker-center-spring-2021.ticketleap.com/artists-virtual-exhibition/dates/Jun-07-2021_at_0700PM

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BEYOND THE NARROW PLACE: A Virtual Exhibition by members of the Barbara C. Freedman Artists’ Beit Midrash at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center.
A Skirball Academy Class

Virtual Opening: Monday, June 7, 7:00 to 8:30 PM EDT
Register here: https://streicker-center-spring-2021.ticketleap.com/artists-virtual-exhibition/dates/Jun-07-2021_at_0700PM

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#jewishart #jewishartist #virtualevents #virtualevent #virtualexhibition #exhibit #exhibitions #exhibitionart #exhibitionspace #artexhibit #torah #judaica #judaicaart #jewishmuseum #pandemicart #covidart #covidartmuseum #quarantineart #quarantineartclub #onlinemuseum #onlinegallery #virtualmuseum #virtualgallery #artgallerynyc #artgalleryonline #nycartist #nycartscene #nycartgallery #nycartists #nycarts

#otd Rabbi Nathan Perilman was born in 1905 in Marietta, Ohio. Perilman served as rabbi of Emanu-El from 1932 until his ...
06/03/2021

#otd Rabbi Nathan Perilman was born in 1905 in Marietta, Ohio. Perilman served as rabbi of Emanu-El from 1932 until his death in 1991. Perilman came to Emanu-El one month after ordination from Hebrew Union College to serve as assistant rabbi. He retired in 1973 after over forty years of service. He began the temple's first midweek religious school, for children who found it difficult to attend the usual Sunday morning sessions, and he resumed bar mitzvahs, which the congregation had discontinued in 1875. He was active in interfaith activities and in 1953, along with clergy from other faiths, visited West Germany as a specialist for the State Department to discuss religion in America.

He also served on the executive committee of the American Jewish Committee and was closely associated with the National Conference of Christians and Jews and its programs at military installations during World War II.

Dr. Perilman was a director of the Jewish Braille Institute and of the Jewish Statistical Bureau. He was a past president of the Association of Reform Rabbis.

When Rabbi Perilman retired in December of 1973, more than 2,000 worshipers crowded into Temple Emanu-El to honor him, including Mayor John V. Lindsay, who presented him with a medal and a scroll for distinguished service to New York City.


Seen here in a portrait from 1943.
Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P308]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #archives #archivesofinstagram #synagoguearchives #nathanperilman #photoarchvies #rabbiportraits

#otd Rabbi Nathan Perilman was born in 1905 in Marietta, Ohio. Perilman served as rabbi of Emanu-El from 1932 until his death in 1991. Perilman came to Emanu-El one month after ordination from Hebrew Union College to serve as assistant rabbi. He retired in 1973 after over forty years of service. He began the temple's first midweek religious school, for children who found it difficult to attend the usual Sunday morning sessions, and he resumed bar mitzvahs, which the congregation had discontinued in 1875. He was active in interfaith activities and in 1953, along with clergy from other faiths, visited West Germany as a specialist for the State Department to discuss religion in America.

He also served on the executive committee of the American Jewish Committee and was closely associated with the National Conference of Christians and Jews and its programs at military installations during World War II.

Dr. Perilman was a director of the Jewish Braille Institute and of the Jewish Statistical Bureau. He was a past president of the Association of Reform Rabbis.

When Rabbi Perilman retired in December of 1973, more than 2,000 worshipers crowded into Temple Emanu-El to honor him, including Mayor John V. Lindsay, who presented him with a medal and a scroll for distinguished service to New York City.


Seen here in a portrait from 1943.
Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P308]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #archives #archivesofinstagram #synagoguearchives #nathanperilman #photoarchvies #rabbiportraits

Very excited to announce our exhibition Hello Gorgeous is traveling to the Jewish Museum of Florida this October.
06/02/2021
JMOF-FIU announces “Hello Gorgeous,” an exhibition celebrating the life of Barbra Streisand

Very excited to announce our exhibition Hello Gorgeous is traveling to the Jewish Museum of Florida this October.

JMOF-FIU announces “Hello Gorgeous,” an exhibition celebrating the life of Barbra StreisandThis eclectic exhibition will feature costumes, photos, videos, record album covers and other objectsArts & Culture By Erica Corsano June 1, 2021 at 10:15am The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU will present ...

Chag Sameach. Take a look back 50 years at our Confirmation class of 1971. From our Photo Archive [P1085] #emanuelfromho...
05/17/2021

Chag Sameach. Take a look back 50 years at our Confirmation class of 1971. From our Photo Archive [P1085]

#emanuelfromhome #archives #templearchives #photoarchives #confirmation #1971

Chag Sameach. Take a look back 50 years at our Confirmation class of 1971. From our Photo Archive [P1085]

#emanuelfromhome #archives #templearchives #photoarchives #confirmation #1971

This vignette is from a page in a mohelbook, or book for the ritual circumciser. The scene depicts he blessing over the ...
05/11/2021

This vignette is from a page in a mohelbook, or book for the ritual circumciser. The scene depicts he blessing over the child. The manuscript contains the order of the service for the ceremony of circumcision, including laws and instructions for the mohel. It also contains blessings for Grace After the Meal, Laws and Blessings for the Redemption of the First Born ceremony and prayers for travels. The book features eight illustrations plus an illustrated title page. The title page tells us that it was made by the scribe and illustrator Judah Leib ben Samson Segal
who came from Dusseldorf and it was made in 1744-45. This manuscript is a prime example of the 18th century revival of Hebrew manuscript illustration in central Europe.

Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman [CEE 45-95]



#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #judaica #manuscript #museumcollections #lehmancollection #hebrewms #hebrewmanuscript #mohelbook #birth #circumcision #brimilah

This vignette is from a page in a mohelbook, or book for the ritual circumciser. The scene depicts he blessing over the child. The manuscript contains the order of the service for the ceremony of circumcision, including laws and instructions for the mohel. It also contains blessings for Grace After the Meal, Laws and Blessings for the Redemption of the First Born ceremony and prayers for travels. The book features eight illustrations plus an illustrated title page. The title page tells us that it was made by the scribe and illustrator Judah Leib ben Samson Segal
who came from Dusseldorf and it was made in 1744-45. This manuscript is a prime example of the 18th century revival of Hebrew manuscript illustration in central Europe.

Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman [CEE 45-95]



#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #judaica #manuscript #museumcollections #lehmancollection #hebrewms #hebrewmanuscript #mohelbook #birth #circumcision #brimilah

Detail from Window in Beth-El ChapelD’Ascenzo StudiosPhiladelphia, 1929Nicola D'Ascenzo (1871-1954) was an Italian-born ...
05/05/2021

Detail from Window in Beth-El Chapel
D’Ascenzo Studios
Philadelphia, 1929

Nicola D'Ascenzo (1871-1954) was an Italian-born American stained glass designer, painter and instructor. He established his studio in Philadelphia and between 1904 and 1954, D'Ascenzo Studios completed more than 7,800 stained glass windows. Three large D’Ascenzo windows can be viewed on the west side of the chapel. Six different stained glass artisans and studios were commissioned to make the windows for our building on 65th Street.

#emanuelfromhome #windowWednesday #stainedglass #synagoguewindows #DAscenzo #glassart

Detail from Window in Beth-El Chapel
D’Ascenzo Studios
Philadelphia, 1929

Nicola D'Ascenzo (1871-1954) was an Italian-born American stained glass designer, painter and instructor. He established his studio in Philadelphia and between 1904 and 1954, D'Ascenzo Studios completed more than 7,800 stained glass windows. Three large D’Ascenzo windows can be viewed on the west side of the chapel. Six different stained glass artisans and studios were commissioned to make the windows for our building on 65th Street.

#emanuelfromhome #windowWednesday #stainedglass #synagoguewindows #DAscenzo #glassart

From the collection: Modified heart-shaped shield with scrolling edges bordered on two sides with graduated beading. Mod...
05/03/2021

From the collection: Modified heart-shaped shield with scrolling edges bordered on two sides with graduated beading. Modeled high-relief scrolling leaf decoration and fine "sharkskin" chasing on the background create rich textural contrasts. The strong floral ornamentation on both sides emphasizes the possible origin of this style of Augsburg Torah shield. The style of these shields originated in silver wall calendars with framed interchangeable plaques that provided the date. Here the center plaque is used to change the reading of the Torah scroll the shield would have adorned.

Torah Shield
Probably Augsburg, late 18th or ealry 19th century
Silver, embossed, chased and cutout

[CEE 45-23] Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman, 1945

#museumfromhome #emanuelathome #judaica #lehmancollection #judaicacollection #torahshield #tas #augburgjudaica #silver #silverjudaica #torahornaments

From the collection: Modified heart-shaped shield with scrolling edges bordered on two sides with graduated beading. Modeled high-relief scrolling leaf decoration and fine "sharkskin" chasing on the background create rich textural contrasts. The strong floral ornamentation on both sides emphasizes the possible origin of this style of Augsburg Torah shield. The style of these shields originated in silver wall calendars with framed interchangeable plaques that provided the date. Here the center plaque is used to change the reading of the Torah scroll the shield would have adorned.

Torah Shield
Probably Augsburg, late 18th or ealry 19th century
Silver, embossed, chased and cutout

[CEE 45-23] Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman, 1945

#museumfromhome #emanuelathome #judaica #lehmancollection #judaicacollection #torahshield #tas #augburgjudaica #silver #silverjudaica #torahornaments

Married #otd in 1873, happy 148th wedding anniversary to Herman and Carrie Weil! Since the early 1850s Eamnu-El created ...
04/27/2021

Married #otd in 1873, happy 148th wedding anniversary to Herman and Carrie Weil! Since the early 1850s Eamnu-El created their own marriage certificates based on the traditional ketubah text. The document featured here, developed sometime in the mid 1860s, has removed the Hebrew and Aramaic texts and opted for an abridged English version. The marriage was between Herman Weil of Bavaria and Carrie Gutman of New York. The document is signed by Emanu-El rabbi Dr. Samuel Adler.

[CEE 85-29]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #wedding #weddinganniversary #anniversary #1873 #documents #historicaldocuments #ketubbah #marriagecertificate #samueladler #weil #gutman #emanu-el #judiaca #museumcollections #archivaldocument #jewishwedding

Married #otd in 1873, happy 148th wedding anniversary to Herman and Carrie Weil! Since the early 1850s Eamnu-El created their own marriage certificates based on the traditional ketubah text. The document featured here, developed sometime in the mid 1860s, has removed the Hebrew and Aramaic texts and opted for an abridged English version. The marriage was between Herman Weil of Bavaria and Carrie Gutman of New York. The document is signed by Emanu-El rabbi Dr. Samuel Adler.

[CEE 85-29]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #wedding #weddinganniversary #anniversary #1873 #documents #historicaldocuments #ketubbah #marriagecertificate #samueladler #weil #gutman #emanu-el #judiaca #museumcollections #archivaldocument #jewishwedding

Temple Beth-El built their building on Fifth Avenue and Central Park in 1891. It was central to the Fifth Avenue skyline...
04/26/2021

Temple Beth-El built their building on Fifth Avenue and Central Park in 1891. It was central to the Fifth Avenue skyline and featured prominently in many postcards, etchings and photos from the late nineteenth century through its demolition in the mid-1940s.

Temple Beth-El from Central Park
Watercolor on paper
Signed lower right in Japanese ‘Kenji’
1924
[CEE 16-01]

#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #templebethel #centralpark #kenji #watcolor #museumcollections #synagogues

Temple Beth-El built their building on Fifth Avenue and Central Park in 1891. It was central to the Fifth Avenue skyline and featured prominently in many postcards, etchings and photos from the late nineteenth century through its demolition in the mid-1940s.

Temple Beth-El from Central Park
Watercolor on paper
Signed lower right in Japanese ‘Kenji’
1924
[CEE 16-01]

#museumfromhome #emanuelfromhome #templebethel #centralpark #kenji #watcolor #museumcollections #synagogues

Shabbat shalom!CandelabraEastern Europe, 19th centuryGift of Eva Lonstein Rothberg [CEE 97-9]#emanuelfromhome #museumfro...
04/23/2021

Shabbat shalom!

Candelabra
Eastern Europe, 19th century
Gift of Eva Lonstein Rothberg [CEE 97-9]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #candelabra #sabbath #shabbat #shabbatshalom #judaica #museumcollections

Shabbat shalom!

Candelabra
Eastern Europe, 19th century
Gift of Eva Lonstein Rothberg [CEE 97-9]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #candelabra #sabbath #shabbat #shabbatshalom #judaica #museumcollections

Continuing our #WindowWednesday this week’s space is Greenwald Hall in our Community House. The memorial windows in Gree...
04/21/2021

Continuing our #WindowWednesday this week’s space is Greenwald Hall in our Community House. The memorial windows in Greenwald were originally installed in the chapel at our Salem Fields Cemetery. They were transferred to Emanu-El in the 1990s when Greenwald was renovated. The window seen here is the Katzenberg Window, dedicated in memory of Mayer (d. 1916) and Yette (d. 1905) Katenberg by their children. There is an inscription from Zachariah 1:10 “These are they whom the Lord hath sent to walk to and from through the earth.” The window was made around 1917 and the artist is unknown. The motif is a river with a setting sun in the background. Many of the motifs on memorial stained glass windows from this era incorporated tranquil landscapes that signified the passage of time and life.

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #greenwaldhall #cemetery #stainedglass #biblicalquotation #katzenberg #memorialwindow

Continuing our #WindowWednesday this week’s space is Greenwald Hall in our Community House. The memorial windows in Greenwald were originally installed in the chapel at our Salem Fields Cemetery. They were transferred to Emanu-El in the 1990s when Greenwald was renovated. The window seen here is the Katzenberg Window, dedicated in memory of Mayer (d. 1916) and Yette (d. 1905) Katenberg by their children. There is an inscription from Zachariah 1:10 “These are they whom the Lord hath sent to walk to and from through the earth.” The window was made around 1917 and the artist is unknown. The motif is a river with a setting sun in the background. Many of the motifs on memorial stained glass windows from this era incorporated tranquil landscapes that signified the passage of time and life.

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #greenwaldhall #cemetery #stainedglass #biblicalquotation #katzenberg #memorialwindow

Happy Birthday to us! This month marks the 24th anniversary of the Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum. Seen here, prior to ...
04/19/2021

Happy Birthday to us! This month marks the 24th anniversary of the Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum. Seen here, prior to the museum’s opening museum director Reva Kirschberg had silversmith Bernard Bernstein teach volunteers how to properly polish silver.

Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P1199]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #anniversary #museum #silversmith #bernardbernstein #polishsilver #volunteers #synagoguemuseum #bernardmuseum #anniversary

Happy Birthday to us! This month marks the 24th anniversary of the Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum. Seen here, prior to the museum’s opening museum director Reva Kirschberg had silversmith Bernard Bernstein teach volunteers how to properly polish silver.

Temple Emanu-El Photo Archive [P1199]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #anniversary #museum #silversmith #bernardbernstein #polishsilver #volunteers #synagoguemuseum #bernardmuseum #anniversary

Tonight begins Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Polish born artist Arthur Syzk designed this version of Israel...
04/14/2021

Tonight begins Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Polish born artist Arthur Syzk designed this version of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948. It incorporates both ancient and modern heroes, showing the figures of Moses, Aaron, and Hur as the watch guards of the nation's security against Amalek, the eternal enemy. Flanking the text are an Israeli soldier and a Zionist pioneer. At the bottom, Ezekiel points to the Declaration, symbolizing the fulfillment of his prophecy of Israel's return.



Arthur Szyk
Israel’s Declaration of Independence
[CEE 15-11]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #independenceday #arthurszyk #israel #israel73 #declarationofindependence #yomhaazmaut

Tonight begins Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Polish born artist Arthur Syzk designed this version of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948. It incorporates both ancient and modern heroes, showing the figures of Moses, Aaron, and Hur as the watch guards of the nation's security against Amalek, the eternal enemy. Flanking the text are an Israeli soldier and a Zionist pioneer. At the bottom, Ezekiel points to the Declaration, symbolizing the fulfillment of his prophecy of Israel's return.



Arthur Szyk
Israel’s Declaration of Independence
[CEE 15-11]

#emanuelfromhome #museumfromhome #independenceday #arthurszyk #israel #israel73 #declarationofindependence #yomhaazmaut

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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