19. Friday, September 10 - October 30, 2004
Treasures of American Judaica
From the collections of The Temple Judea Museum, The Archives of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center
DESCRIPTION: The year 2004 marked 350 years of Jewish life in America. As a beacon for Jewish immigrants escaping from tyranny and oppression America has indeed become a homeland in the best sense of that word. Jewish life has flourished here and Jews have flourished in all walks of life – science – the arts – public service – sports and more. Filling our showcases were ceremonial objects; documents; books; ephemera; photographs, and works of art. Together they provided a snapshot of what it means to be an American Jew. The Treasures displayed here served a dual purpose. Each one told its own story. Collectively they gave tangible form to the history of the American Jewish community.