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Modeling the Synagogue: From Dura to Touro
March 27 - September 7, 2014

In conjunction with its foundation in 1973, Yeshiva University Museum commissioned ten scale models of historic synagogues. The models were constructed under the direction of leading scholars and historians, using the most up-to-date research and architectural information. The models were built with intricate architectural detail and with materials that richly evoke the original structures and their interiors. This exhibition marks the first time in two decades that the models have been on display as a group.

The ten synagogues reflect the geographic breadth of the Jewish world across the centuries, from the ancient Mediterranean - Dura-Europos in 3rd-century Syria and Beit Alpha in 6th-century Galilee - to modern America and Europe - Touro in 18th-century Newport and Tempio Israelitico in 19th-century Florence. Seven of the ten models are exhibited here, together with plans, photographs and selected correspondence that document the conception and process of the commission. This preview of Modeling the Synagogue will be followed by an expanded presentation in fall 2014.

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Image: Model of the Tempio Israelitico / Florence Synagogue. After original: Florence, Italy, 19th century. Created by Displaycraft, 1972. Collection of Yeshiva University Museum


In Progress: Stern College Senior Art Exhibition 2014
May 18 - July 13, 2014

This multimedia exhibition features selections from the graduating class of Studio Art majors of Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University. The Studio Art program at Stern College encourages students to find and nurture their individual artistic voices. Within the College’s Jewish and liberal arts curriculum, the foundation-based program deepens students’ skills of visual and artistic expression, and prepares them for careers in diverse art-related fields. This 5th annual exhibition, designed by the students, highlights the character of the artistic process and the range of choices made by artists from conception to completion.


Shabbat - Inside and Out

November 18, 2012 - June 28, 2015

With the cessation of the workday routine on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, relationships and the spirit are revitalized as family shares the precious time of festive meals.  In synagogue, the day is marked by collective celebration and prayer, and with the ceremonial reading of the Torah.  The objects on display in this special exhibit in our Mezzanine cases - all from the collection of Yeshiva University Museum - highlight two aspects of the Shabbat holiday: the private/domestic and the communal/ceremonial.  The beauty and range of styles and material character of the objects reflect the wide geographic range and different social contexts in which Shabbat has been and continues to be celebrated.

Monument to A.D. Gordon, by Mimi Weinberg
April 9 - December 28, 2014

Aaron David Gordon (1856 - 1922), commonly known as A. D. Gordon, an early and influential Zionist, was one of the founders of Hapoel Hatzair (The Young Worker), a group active in Palestine in the first decades of the 20th century. This sculpture, created for the YU Museum Sculpture Garden, pays tribute to Gordon by merging motifs evoking the modern agricultural process and the language of ancient structures. Integrating shapes drawn from 20th-century farming equipment with designs based on biblical-era forms, the artist celebrates the longstanding tradition of physical labor within Israeli society.

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