Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews

November 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014
Rosenberg & Winnick Galleries

This exhibition tells the rich and complex history of one of the world's oldest Jewish communities, which dates back nearly 2,700 years. From the 16th century, Iran was ruled according to strict Shiite Islamic doctrine, and the lives of Jews were marked by periods of persecution and legal prohibition as well as by outstanding creative and intellectual achievements. Archaeological artifacts, illuminated manuscripts, Judaica, textiles, musical instruments, paintings, photographs, videos, and more highlight the complex and fascinating story of Iranian Jews and the beauty of Judeo-Persian traditions. This exhibition was created and organized by Beit Hatfutsot--The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel. Co-presented with the Center for Jewish History, in cooperation with the American Sephardi Federation.

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Installation view: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews, 2014.
Installation view: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews, 2014.
Installation view: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews, 2014.
Installation view: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews, 2014.
Installation view: Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews, 2014.