15 West 16th Street
New York, NY
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Statement of Purpose
To preserve, enrich and interpret Jewish life as it is reflected in the
arts, history and sciences.
A Brief History
Since its founding in 1973, Yeshiva University Museum’s changing
exhibits have celebrated the culturally diverse intellectual and
artistic achievements of 3,000
years of Jewish experience. The Museum provides a window into Jewish
culture around the world and throughout history through its acclaimed
exhibitions and award-winning publications. By educating audiences of
with dynamic interpretations of Jewish life, past and present, along
wide-ranging cultural offerings and programs, the Museum attracts young
old, Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.
Highlights & Collections
state-of-the-art facility with four partners, three of whom are
research and archival institutions focusing on specific aspects of
history and culture: YIVO, the American Jewish Historical Society,
Sephardic Federation, and the Leo Baeck Institute. The Museum has four
galleries, an exhibition arcade, an outdoor sculpture garden, a docent
and a children’s workshop room, in addition to its own suite of
Museum has access to a 250 seat, handicapped-accessible auditorium with
state-of-the- art AV projection room, various smaller meeting rooms, a
lunchroom and a kosher cafe'.
YeshivaUniversityMuseum presents exhibitions
interdisciplinary focus that reflect the diversity of the Museum’s
of more than 8,000 artifacts. “Our primary focus is the interpretation
Jewish history from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and we produce
of exhibitions, usually shown concurrently,” explains director Sylvia
Herskowitz. “One exhibit examines a Jewish community or historic event;
features emerging or established contemporary artists working on Jewish
themes.” Occasionally, the Museum presents traveling exhibitions.
As a resource for scholarly research, Yeshiva University Museum’s
provide unique opportunities for artists, historians, collectors, and
ethnographers to examine, compare, and research objects, ideas, and
Its contemporary art shows offer the public the opportunity to survey
created by living Jewish artists throughout the world.
YeshivaUniversityMuseum’s programs are designed
the intellectual and creative imagination of its diverse audiences.
include family craft workshops, lectures, films, concerts, and
exhibition tours in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian, and Yiddish.
YeshivaUniversityMuseum's diverse collection
than 8,000 artifacts reflects its interdisciplinary approach; it
and folk art, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, clothing and
Jewish ceremonial objects, documents, books and manuscripts. The
breadth and diversity represents over 2,000 years of the aesthetic
sensibilities of Jews living throughout the world, co-existing in
Highlights of the Museum's collection include: Archaeological artifacts
from the Bronze Age to the Late Antique Period, Historic illuminated
manuscripts such as one from 1478 recording the Simon of Trent blood
trial. Thomas Jefferson's handwritten letter of 1818 affirming
freedom and denouncing anti-Semitism; the Torah scroll and Tefillin of
Shem Tov (1700-1760), founder of the Hassidic movement. Clothing, and
accessories from around the world, such as a gold embroidered Ottoman
wedding dress, a Moroccan keswa el kbira (grand costume), and a kroj, a
Czechoslovakian national costume made for a child in 1932/3.
YeshivaUniversityMuseum's collections are a
repository for several significant collections of Jewish art and
Models of historic synagogues
commissioned for our founding
Meyerhoff Collection of early Israeli
Jean Moldovan Collection of Jewish