On Friday September 20th, the Temple Judea Museum will open an important original exhibition:
"...Service in Every Cause which Seemed Right and Good."
Edith Emerson writing about President Theodore Roosevelt
In the works for the past two years with the help of Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, the KI Archives, members of the TJM Artists' Collaborative and numerous research institutions, the exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of President Theodore Roosevelt, as well as the 100th anniversary of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial window at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel through original artifacts, documents, loans from private collectors, photographs and contemporary art work.
BACKGROUND: Following the death of Theodore Roosevelt in 1919, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel commissioned a large stained glass window in Roosevelt’s memory. This memorial window was originally installed at the synagogue's Broad Street building and was dedicated November 2, 1919. Designed by the noted artist Edith Emerson, the intricately faceted glass was executed in the noted D'Ascenzo Studios, Philadelphia. In the late 1950s the glass was one of four important windows that were moved to the synagogue's current Elkins Park campus.
A FEW THEMES IN THE EXHIBITION:
The artist, Edith Emerson; Teddy bears; the life and times of President Theodore Roosevelt; Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf (The Rabbi and TR met in Cuba during the Spanish American War and became friends) ; the theme of the window imagery - the Prophet Elijah.The exhibition will close Friday December 20, 2019 (Reception date TBA)