Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Seeking an Artifact for the Collection

Visitors are often inspired by what they see in our galleries to go through their attics and donate what they find to the collection. Today we have a very special request for you from our senior curator of collections, Esther Brumberg. The Museum is seeking the donation of a prewar wedding canopy (chuppah), or a prayer shawl (tallit) that was used as a wedding canopy.

As you may know, the first floor of the Museum’s Core Exhibition explores vibrant and multifaceted Jewish life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Personal artifacts and family photographs accompanied by documentary films provide a rich emotional component to the exhibition.

The beginning of the Core Exhibition highlights several life cycle events that are important to Jewish life. One of them is the wedding. The wedding display features clothing worn by a bride and groom under a canopy. The Museum’s current canopy, on loan from a private collection, will be taken off exhibit temporarily to be used at the wedding of a grandchild of the lender. This happy event reinvigorates the Museum’s search for a canopy of its own, and reinforces its message as a living memorial and museum.

If you have such an item to donate or know of a congregation or individual who might, please contact Esther Brumberg at 646-437-4248, ebrumberg@mjhnyc.org. For more information regarding donating artifacts, visit our website.

image: chuppah on loan to the Museum. Collection of the Mogilner-Glatzer family.

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