Yeshiva University Museum

Model Congregations

YU Museum gathers together its scale models of synagogues the world over.

09/16/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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Beginning this weekend, the Yeshiva University Museum is offering the opportunity to engage in Jewish tourism from its West 16th Street galleries.

A model of the Beit Alpha Synagogue from Israel’s Jezreel Valley. Courtesy of YU Museum

On View: The Story of Esther’s Children

The story of Esther, who courageously foiled a plot to exterminate the Jews of ancient Persia (modern-day Iran), is the keystone of the Purim tradition and Iranian Jews have always strongly identified with that singular Jewish heroine.  Even today, Iran’s remaining 25,000 Jews go to pray at the tomb of Esther and Mordechai ‒ yes, there is such a place ‒ and the Jewish queen is remembered on a daily basis through amulets seeking her protection and beautifully illustrated renderings of the megillah (scroll) telling her story.  No surprise that modern Iranian Jews are occasionally referred to as Esther’s children. 

Painted Doors; Iran, 19th century; wood, pigment. Collection of Miriam Kove, New York. Photo courtesy Beit Hatfutsot – The M

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Jewish Week Culture Editor Sandee Brawarsky speaks with award-winning novelist Dara Horn about her latest work, "A Guide To The Perplexed" and the significance of history and memory in Judaism.

Difficult Problems: German Jewish Mathematicians Before WW II

Don’t go to this exhibition in a hurry; and don’t go with children; but if you have the slightest interest in mathematics or Jewish history of the twentieth century, then go. Seeing “Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture” at the Center for Jewish History is like reading a short illustrated book mounted on plywood, but your patience will be rewarded. Where does the interest lie for the non-mathematician? In the characters of the people whose histories it tells; and for the glimpses of people at work on fundamental problems.

Original blocks for images from the works of Richard Courant. Elizabeth Denlinger

A Rabbi And A Monk Walk Into A Courtyard

With the almost invisible strings of Fort Washington’s eruv stretching from pole to pole above us, we followed Rabbi Adam Mintz and Brother John Glasenapp, OSB up the hill where we found welcome refuge from Manhattan’s May heat inside the medieval walls of The Cloisters. An unlikely tag team, the rabbi and  the monk were leading  a group of 25 on a two hour walk and discussion sponsored by Yeshiva University Museum and The Cloisters museum to tease out the public/private nature of the eruv and Cloister, and how they create religious structures and community.

Rabbi Adam Mintz and Brother John Glasenapp. Angela Himsel

The War That Made The Jews Americans

‘Jews and the Civil War’ show at the Center for Jewish History.

03/12/2013
Jewish Week Book Critic

In April 1850, Peter Still, a slave, purchased his freedom from Joseph Friedman, a sympathetic Jewish businessman in Tuscumbia, Ala.

War in the family: Brothers Edward Jonas, a Union soldier, and Charles H. Jonas, who fought for the Confederacy.

The Eruv: Staying within Bounds

An exhibit at the Yeshiva University Museum, “It’s a Thin Line,” describes the history of the eruv and its evolution both nationally and across the globe, but it is the story of the Manhattan eruv, established in 1907 -- and a source of controversy since its inception -- which makes up the core of the exhibit.

"Tightrope" by Yona Verwer. Photo courtesy Yeshiva University Museum

Strip Tease

YU Museum’s ‘Graphic Details’ exhibit spotlights feminist and edgy Jewish comics.

10/04/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Yeshiva University Museum has upped its cool — and its feminist — factor with a new exhibition showcasing comic art by Jewish women artists.

“Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women,” which opened last week, presents work by 18 artists from the U.S., Canada, England and Israel from the 1970s to the present.

Miriam Katin’s “Eucalyptus Nights” and Diane Noomin’s “Baby Talk” are included in the “Graphic Details” show.

History Center In The Black

West 16th Street facility is paid off, thanks to $30 million campaign.

01/25/2011
Staff Writer

For a museum dedicated to digitizing and preserving history, The Center for Jewish History is now better positioned to face its future.

The gifts received to retire the debt of the Center for Jewish History, above, were the three largest the center has ever receiv
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