Two Crowns: One Crooked, One Straight

August 22, 2004 - February 6, 2005
Mezzanine Gallery

After WWII, Yeshiva University received a Judaica collection from the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction (JCR) - an organization that was founded to catalogue, identify, and place Jewish cultural and religious artifacts looted by Nazis during the Holocaust. One elaborately gilded Torah crown was recently restored thanks to a conservation grant received by YUM from the Lower Hudson Conference; it is a beautiful example of Central-Eastern European Judaica craftsmanship of the late 19th or early 20th century. The second crown bears the marks of its battered experience and is still in need of restoration.

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Torah Crown, Austro-Hungary, ca. 1886-1922, Silver: repoussé, chased and parcel gilt. Collection of Yeshiva University Museum, Gift of the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction. Restored with a grant from the Lower Hudson Conference through the New York State Co