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Many exhibitions curated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust are available to travel to museums, community centers, universities, and libraries around the world. 

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People

This dynamic exhibition illuminates the memories and meanings of “Hava Nagila” that are a familiar part of the Jewish-American experience, yet unlocks interesting details about the song’s origins and journey around the world.  Hava Nagila: A Song for the People is available for rentals beginning in 2014.

The exhibition follows the song from the Eastern Europe, to Palestine, to America and beyond.  It explores the proliferation of Hava Nagila and follows the song up to the present, where it remains a centerpiece of communal memory.  The exhibition is defined by dynamic sound sculptures, a dance floor, vintage imagery, an overview film, a YouTube station, a pin up board for community photos, and an innovative design that brings the many dimensions of Hava Nagila to life for diverse audiences. 

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Selected installation images.

This exhibition was created by the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and was made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Pickman Exhibition Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Priscilla and Harold Grabino, and the Nartel Family Foundation. The exhibition is designed by SITU Studio and MTWTF and features an exhibition film by Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain. Materials for sound domes generously provided by NUDO Building Products. Laser engraving generously provided by Beartown.

 

Discover the rich history of Oświęcim, Poland—the town the Germans called Auschwitz—through photographs that trace the life of the town and its Jewish residents, from the 16th century through the post-war period.

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Information on hosting this exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education; The David Berg Foundation; Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation; Trust for Mutual Understanding; and the Nartel Family Foundation. 

 

 

 

http://192.168.21.10/images/morgen.jpg Project Mah Jongg
This wildly popular exhibition explores the traditions, history, and meaning of the game of mah jongg in Jewish-American life from the 1920s to today. Project Mah Jongg is available for rental beginning March 2011.

The game of mah jongg is explored in dynamic formats throughout the exhibition, including 20th century popular objects and a visitor-activated soundscape that features clacking tiles, exclamations from games by Jewish-American and Chinese-American players, reminiscences, and vintage music. Large-scale graphics by Isaac Mizrahi, Maira Kalman, Bruce McCall, and Christoph Niemann illustrate mah jongg as ongoing muse for contemporary artists. A game table at the core of the exhibition invites visitors to engage in the continuing tradition.  

The exhibition serves as historical treatment of the topic, a placeholder for memory, a generator of whimsy, and a stage set for the game’s continuation. The environment conveys how mah jongg is much more than a game: it is a carrier of fantasy, identity, memory, and meaning.

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This exhibition is traveling to:

Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore

March 30-June 29, 2014

Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

July 13-October 26, 2014

Past venues:

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Inc., Atlanta, GA                                    
April 28– September 15, 2013

Jewish Museum of Florida,   Miami Beach, FL                                   
October 15, 2012 – March 17, 2013

Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, CA

May 17, 2012- September 2, 2012

Oregon Jewish Museum   Portland, OR                                                     
September 21, 2011 – December 31, 2011

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage  Beachwood, OH

January 24, 2012- April 22, 2012

Information on hosting this exhibition
Selected installation images

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld and the 2wice Arts Foundation.

 

   
 

 

 

 

http://www.mjhnyc.org/images/Ringleblum_000.jpg Scream the Truth at the World—Emanuel Ringelblum and the Hidden Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto
Recognizing that events in Europe in the fall of 1939 were unprecedented and that they would require careful documentation, Warsaw historian Emanuel Ringelblum gathered a few dozen individuals to form a group code-named Oyneg Shabbes (Joy of Sabbath). The mission of the writers, historians, rabbis, teachers, and welfare workers that comprised the group was to document Jewish life in Nazi-occupied Poland. The group collected reports on the deportation and murders of Jews, as well as ghetto artifacts, photographs, school essays, and ghetto art between September 1939 and January 1943.

As the Nazis liquidated the Warsaw Ghetto, members of Oyneg Shabbes buried the archive in containers. Less than a handful of the group’s members survived the war, but on September 18, 1946, the first cache was pulled from the ghetto’s rubble. A second cache was found in 1950. The last cache has never been discovered. The Ringelblum Archive is now the most important source on the destruction of Polish Jewry.

High-quality reproductions from the archives of the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw and a short film showing the recovery of the hidden archive make up this exhibition.

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Past venues:

Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob, Albany, NY April 2014

Temple Israel, Great Neck, NY 2013

Institute for Holocaust Education  Omaha, NE  
January 5, 2011 – February 25, 2011

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Selected installation images

 

A Young Girl at Ghetto Terezin: 1941-1944
Drawings by Helga Weissová Hosková

In 1941, Helga Weissová was deported from Prague to the Terezin Ghetto with her parents. Her father told her, “Draw what you see,” and Helga began documenting her life in the ghetto. When she and her mother were to be deported to Auschwitz in September 1944, Helga entrusted her drawings to her uncle—who hid them until liberation and took them back to Prague. Helga and her mother survived and returned to Prague after the war.

Photographic reproductions of ten of Helga’s drawings make up this exhibition. Accompanying the drawings are excerpts from Helga’s diary that convey her view of life in the Terezin ghetto.

This exhibition is traveling to:

Temple Israel, Great Neck, NY

2013

Past venues:

Burlington Arts Center, Burlington, VT

May 2010

Institute for Holocaust Education, Omaha, NB

2009

Information on hosting this exhibition
Selected installation images

TOP LEFT: Installation view of Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh. Photo by Trevor Messersmith. TOP RIGHT: Installation view of Project Mah Jongg. Photo by Trevor Messersmith.
 

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