The Temple Judea Museum

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PERMANENT COLLECTION

The Temple Judea Museum has as its mission the presentation of Judaica, the visual objects that signify the observances of Judaism. The mandate of the museum begins with a collection of almost 1000 objects: its preservation, growth, exhibition, and use as an educational tool. 

The museum's collection contains artifacts from countries around the world including: the United States, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia, Egypt, Turkey, France, Hungary, Holland, England and Israel. Holdings include a fine assortment of antiquities from ancient Israel, a comprehensive textile collection, books, paintings, prints, photographs, and a variety of ephemera that complement the many precious and rare objects preserved in this collection.

See our current exhibitions.
See past exhibitions.

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS

  • A major collection of silver ceremonial objects.
  • The second oldest American ketubah (marriage contract) from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1778.
  • An embroidered Torah wimpel (binder), one of the oldest known to have survived the Holocaust, made from an infant's swaddling cloth, 1695
  • A unique, contemporary Elijah's Chair, used in covenant ceremonies, commissioned by the Friends of the Museum.
  • A religious commentary printed in Venice, Italy, 1574.

ACTIVITIES

In addition to its collection and preservation activities the museum operates an annual schedule of three to four original exhibitions that are free and open to the community. These exhibitions vary widely in content and theme, but the educational content of an exhibition is always of paramount importance. Of each yearly cycle of exhibitions one is drawn exclusively from the collection. The other exhibitions extend the reach and scope of the museum beyond the limits of the collection. A recent exhibition about the Bezalel School, Israel’s first art school, included objects drawn from the Temple Judea Museum along with works borrowed from three private collections. 

Some past exhibitions have focused on the Jews of Ethiopia, Jewish soldiers in the Civil War, Israel, Jewish rituals of the life cycle, the Holocaust, comic books as an expression of Jewish experience, hand-made books, and art of the bible. Every one of our exhibitions contains a separate set of labels written especially for children, so that families visiting independently can approach the exhibition material in an interactive way. For a list of past exhibits, click here.

Lectures and tours, often drawing visitors from different religious and ethnic groups, deepen the educational value of the exhibitions. Senior, church, and school groups are among the many visitors the museum welcomes each year from our local community, Greater Philadelphia, many states of the union, and abroad. Museum volunteers conduct special tours of the synagogue’s famous suite of stained glass windows by noted artist, Jacob Landau.

Hours:
Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday Evenings Before services
Staff:
Director/Curator Rita Rosen Poley
Chair Karen Shain Schloss


For more information, or to set up a group tour, call the Museum at 215-887-2027 or 215-887-8700 or e-mail us by clicking here.