Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study – Synagogues Past and Present
At the Alfred H. Moses and Family Synagogue Hall
The world-renowned collection of the Museum of the Jewish People’s synagogue models is displayed in a new dedicated gallery presenting the diverse expressions of global Jewish life
The Museum of the Jewish People now completes a new Core Exhibition, which will take visitors on a fascinating journey of discovery and exploration of the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish people.
The first phase of the new Museum was inaugurated on May 24, 2016 with the opening of The Alfed H. Moses and Family Synagogue Hall, two special exhibition galleries and The Tamar and Milton Maltz Family Gallery.
The Synagogue Hall displays Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study –Synagogues Past and Present. A spectacular exhibition based on the famous collection of synagogue models. The exhibition showcases 21 models representing various communities and Jewish life relating to the synagogue: social gatherings, study, creativity and prayer, as well as weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, fundraising, charity, etc.
Alongside each model an original ritual artifact, either from the synagogue or its respective community, is on display. Through these items the visitor’s experience is enriched expanding on the understanding of the cultural and artistic identity of each specific community. The artifacts include historical Judaica, prayer books, publications, as well as an impressive stained glass window created in Germany in 1919 by the artist Friedrich Adler.
The exhibition also includes films, video art, and interactive activities for adults and children alike.
Opening: May 25, 2016
Curator: Amitai Achimon
Chief Curator: Dr. Orit Shaham Gover
Designers: Gallagher & Associates, Washington DC, USA