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It's a Thin Line: Eruv from Talmudic to Modern Culture

This volume, edited by Adam Mintz, represents the first collection of essays on the subject of the eruv that combines the halakhic, historical, sociological and artistic aspects of the 2000-year-old rabbinic idea of the eruv. In the past several decades, the eruv has caught the attention of scholars and artists, sociologists and politicians. Historians have begun to study the development of the eruv from the courtyards of Roman Palestine to the urban eruvin of the modern period. It's a Thin Line, complementing the 2012-2013 Yeshiva University Museum exhibition, brings together these multiple perspectives in one beautifully designed volume.

Hard cover, 187 pages, 6 1/4" x 9 1/4"

ISBN: 978-1-60280-276-6

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Yeshiva University Museum: The First 35 Years
This volume presents an overview of the institution's first thirty-five years (1973-2008), bringing together descriptions, photographs and documentation of over one hundred groundbreaking exhibitions and programs. By pairing text and images, the book showcases the Museum's wide array of dynamic and creative multidisciplinary exhibitions on Jewish art and culture, as well as highlights from its permanent collection.

Yeshiva University Museum: The First 35 Years captures the Museum's rich tradition of illuminating Jewish culture by exploring historic and artistic achievement – a tradition that continues strongly to this day.

Hard cover, 256 pages plus 8 page collections insert, 9 3/4" x 12"

ISBN: 0-945447-20-5

$60.00
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A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry 1860-1960

This exhibition traced the early thread of 19th century Jewish immigrants seeking success in America interlaced with one hundred years of fashion from 1860-1960. From 19th century Levi's jeans to evening gowns and early sewing machines, this publication presents detailed entries and over 170 color photographs of historic costumes, archival documents, advertising, and industrial equipment providing an engaging exploration of a topic that blends fashion, history and culture.

Soft cover, 96 pages, 9 1/4" x 11 3/4"

ISBN: 0-945447-18-3

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Aishet Hayil: Women of Valor

This show was dedicated to the memory of Julia Forchheimer (1900-1991) who emigrated from Germany to Jerusalem in 1936 to open the department of hand weaving at the Bezalel School, Israel's first national art school. The exhibition catalogue is designed in the form of an illustrated Aishet Hayil text with each of the artworks illustrated in full color next to the accompanying line. This 70-page publication contains 35 color photographs, an essay by Dr. Rifka Teitz Blau and Elisheva Rabinovitz Teitz, and a biography of Julia Forchheimer. The exhibition and catalogue publication were made possible by the generous contrition of the Forchheimer Foundation.

Soft cover booklet, 10 pages, 8 1/4" x 5"
35 color reproductions

ISBN: 0-945447-05-1


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Art Against Forgetting: Paintings by Leonard Meiselman

Meiselman's expressionist paintings depict prayer shawls and flags that appear to have been shredded by catastrophic events. As he paints, the awful events of the past century - most notably the Holocaust - still resonate even as new terrors daily confront Jews the world over. These works, among them "Flag from Ground Zero", are not only powerfully painted, but the prayer shawl (tallit) and American flag become symbols that seem more poignantly human and expressive than any human figures. The artist gives voice to our horror and anger at man's inhumanity to man.

Soft cover, 36 pages, 9" x 11 3/4"
41 color photos

ISBN: 0-945447-13-2


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Ashkenaz: The German Jewish Heritage

The early history of Ashkenazic Jewry demonstrates the remarkable persistence of tradition-a persistence that helped German Jews retain their identity through repeated crusades, the Black Death, libels and accusations, burnings, and dispersion through Europe. Much of the material in the show had never before been seen by the public. Such as: The Lehmann Family papers (1720-1880) of Yeshiva University, The Bernstein Collection; a large collection of European memory books, rabbinical records, seals, and civil papers; and the Ettlinger Collection; the personal papers, books, and belongings of Rabbi Jacob Ettlinger, who was rabbi of Altona for 25 years.

Hard cover, 341 pages, 10 1/4" x 7 1/4"
110 black and white illustrations, 11 color plates

ISBN: 0-945447-00-0

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Continuity and Change: 92 Years of Judaica at Bezalel

Organized by the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel’s oldest national art school, Continuity and Change: 92 Years of Judaica at Bezalel emphasized the development of the art of Judaica since the school’s establishment in 1906. The exhibition surveyed the creativity and aesthetic expression manifested in the design of Jewish ceremonial objects by culturally diverse artists, which has resulted in a renewed national identity. Introduction by Muli Ben Sasson, curator of the exhibition and head of the Department of Ceramic and Glass Design at Bezalel, and statement by Ehud Olmert, Mayor of Jerusalem.

Soft cover, 60 pages, 8 1/2 x 9 1/2"
148 color illustrations


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Daily Life in Ancient Israel

Prepared for an exhibition of the same name in November of 1980, this 100-page catalog captures and recreates day-to-day living in the land of Israel during the periods of the Judges and the Monarchy (1200-587 BCE). It includes illustrations of archeological objects from leading Israeli institutional collections, a Biblical Garden, and a life-size replica of an Israelite house with furniture. The catalog also contains two major essays written by Dr. Harold Leibowitz, guest archeological curator, and Arthur Schaffer, guest botanical curator.

Soft cover, 100 pages, 9 1/2" x 8 1/2"
138 black and white illustrations

ISBN: N/A



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Ebrei Piemontesi: The Jews of Piedmont

The first major settlement of Jews in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy began in the 14th century, when émigrés from France settled in the territories of the Duchy of Savoy on the Italian side of the Alps. 
 
This volume, published in conjunction with the 1996 Yeshiva University Museum exhibition, presents nine essays by well-known scholars and specialists.  These essays provide an overview of this community’s history, as well as focused articles on such topics as synagogue architecture, manuscript decoration, local Jewish cuisine (with recipes) and a translation from the memoirs of a 20th century Rabbi. The book also features color images of selected artifacts from the Museum exhibition (paintings, manuscripts, prints, ceremonial silver and textiles), as well as photographs of Piedmontese synagogues.

Soft cover, 128 pages, 8" x 10"
34 color plates; 9 black and white; 1 map

ISBN: 0-945447-19-1



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Families & Feasts: Paintings by Oppenheim and Kaufmann

This small booklet created by Yeshiva University Museum contains 7 sepia prints by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim and Isidor Kaufman. It gives you an informative history of their careers as painters and their inspirations.

Soft cover booklet, 16 pages, 11" x 8.5"
7 black and white illustrations

ISBN: N/A

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From Darkness to Light
The paintings of Laura Murlender
A "Disappeared" who survived!

A native of Buenos Aires, Murlender was abducted at the age of nineteen by government forces and placed in solitary confinement. Released "in error" after 11 day, she fled to Tel Aviv and began to rebuild her identity. Accepted at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Murlender began a search for structure and a sense of unity through her art. Her quest for freedom is reflected in her Black, Red, White and Blue series. Preface essay by Museum Director, Sylvia A. Herskowitz and Curator, Reba Wulkan with brief history and chronology.

Soft cover, 63 pages, 10 3/4 x 8 3/4"
26 color and 4 b/w illustrations

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From Germany To Washington Heights

In 1985, the Yeshiva University Museum, through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, produced, "Ashkenaz: The German Jewish Heritage", covering 1,000 years of Jewish Life under the German rule from the time of Charlemagne until the Hitler era. Since the exhibition's scope, vast though it was, did not extend beyond 1940, it was apparent to us that a way had to be found to tell the story of the survivors of Ashkenaz: how and why the German Jews came to the Heights and succeeded by transplanting themselves, their institutions, and their thousand year old culture to a new world.

Soft cover booklet, 60 pages, 10" x 7.5"
75 black and white photos

ISBN: N/A

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Fruits of a Lifetime: The Kathryn Yochelson Collection of Israeli Art

In the 1950's, Kathryn Yochelson who grew up in New Haven, CT, began collecting works by Israeli artists as an outgrowth of her "passionate search for the artistic roots of the Jewish people." From the time of her first visit to Israel in 1958 and for the next 40 years, she corresponded and met with Israeli painters and art historians, learning about the growing art movement and amassing a significant personal collection of artworks. In 2002, Mrs. Yochelson donated this collection to YUM.

Soft cover, 112 pages, 10" x 8.5"

ISBN: 945447-15-11

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Ina Golub: The Work of the Weaver in Colors

A 30-year retrospective exhibition of Ina Golub's fiber art, this exhibition featured 62 objects on loan from 15 synagogues and 17 private collections around the country, and the artist's own collection. This comprehensive body of work includes Torah mantles, wedding canopies, wall hangings, prayer shawls and ceremonial objects such as Torah finials and spice boxes -- all incorporating a variety of fiber techniques including tapestry, hand weaving, appliqué, quilting, stitchery, beadwork, and fabric painting.
Soft cover, 32 pages, 10" x 8"
5 black and white photos, 27 color photos

ISBN: 945447-07-8


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Letters Dipped in Honey: Jewish Children's Literature From the Moldovan Family Collection

The history and exuberance of literature written and illustrated for children in Jewish communities around the world come alive in this catalog drawn from one of the world's most private Judaic holdings. This catalog of the exhibition of Alef-Bet books, Hebrew and Yiddish primers, Bible stories, moral and ethical tales and adventure stories is a great way to keep your students excited about their increasing knowledge of Hebrew and to introduce them to the daily life of children in different historic Jewish communities.

Soft cover, 32 pages, 8 3/4" x 8"
20 black and white photos

ISBN: 945447-06-X


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LightOROT

The exhibition and catalog is visual Midrash- artistic commentaries and discussions about the light in Jewish thought and experience. Each catalog page is like a page of the Talmud that is designed with a central text surrounded by commentaries and discussions on that text. The central text in this catalog is light itself passing through the entire book.

Soft cover, 113 pages, 11" x 8.5"
111 black and white photographs

ISBN: 88-70126


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Major Intersections

In 2000, Yeshiva University Museum opened its new galleries with the inaugural exhibition, Major Intersections, which explored Jewish life through artifacts from the collections of four of the partners in the Center for Jewish History: American Jewish Historical Society, Leo Baeck Institute, YIVO Institute, and Yeshiva University Museum. A scholar's committee headed by Lawrence Schiffman, Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Chairman of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at, New York University organized the collective treasures. The artifacts ranged from the first century BCE - 20th Century.

Soft cover, 70 pages, 8" x 8"
5 b/w photos 32 color

ISBN 0-945447-11-6

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Mordecai Manual Noah: The First American Jew

In 1986, Yeshiva University Museum received a remarkable gift in honor of the University's centennial, a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to Mordecai Manuel Noah reaffirming the principle of religious freedom as enunciated in the United States Constitution. At the time we realized that few people outside the scholarly community knew anything about Noah, whom historians regard as the most influential American Jew of the early 19th century. This is why in 1987, the year of the bicentennial of the Constitution, the Museum wished to tell the story of Noah- a leader in his generation. Our catalogue gives you a wonderful history of Mordecai Manual Noah.

Soft cover, 75 pages, 9.5" x 8.5"
36 black and white illustrations

ISBN: 0-945447-02-7


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Moritz Daniel Oppenheim: Jewish Identity In 19th Century Art

This catalogue, in German and English, was published in 1999 by the Jewish Museum of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of probably the most important Jewish painter of the 19th century. The retrospective exhibition was jointly organized by the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt and the Hanau Museum at Schloss Philippsruhe. It opened at Yeshiva University Museum on January 30th, 2001. The catalogue, edited by Georg Heuberger and Anton Merk, contains numerous essays analyzing the artist's career and oeuvre written by an international roster of scholars.

Soft cover, 413 pages
8 1/2" x 9 1/4" Color illustrations and black & white photos

ISBN: 3-9802125-9-9


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Printing the Talmud: From Bomberg to Schottenstein

This unique volume provides a complete cultural history of the Talmud, from its ancient origins through the World Wide Web. The essays, by leading scholars from universities and yeshivot in America and Israel, provide a chronological and thematic overview of the evolution and influence of the Talmud, emphasizing both academic scholarship and traditional study. Special attention is paid to the printed Talmud, with a discussion of the impact of printing technology on Jewish scholarship, culture and life. Detailed catalogue entries and exceptional color photographs document all aspects of this remarkable exhibition. Edited by Gabriel M. Goldstein and Sharon Liberman Mintz.

Hard & Soft cover, 352 pages, 9" x 12 "
Over 100 color plates

ISBN: 0-945447-18-3

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Raban Remembered: Jerusalem's Forgotten Master

Zeev Raban came to Palestine in 1912 at the invitation of Boris Schatz, founder of the Bezalel School, after studying at the art academies of Munich, Brussels, and Paris. He combined his training in the Symbolist School with traditional Jewish motifs, drawing freely on Persian, oriental, Classical Greek, and Art Nouveau elements. The 120-page catalogue contains three major scholarly articles by the exhibition curators: Gideon Ofrat, Dr. Taube Greenspan, and Batsheva Goldman.

Soft cover, 120 pages
9 1/2" x 8 1/2" 142 black and white illustrations, 10 color plates

ISBN: N/A

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Sacred Realm: The Emergence of the Synagogue in the Ancient World

"Sacred Realm" traced the early development of the synagogue from 3 BCE to 700 CE, featuring unique artifacts, most never displayed in the US, and manuscripts on loan from international collections. The exhibition demonstrated that the synagogue in late Antiquity served as an antecedent for today's Christian, Muslim, and Jewish houses of worship: church, mosque and synagogue. As a companion book to the exhibition, Oxford University Press published the "Sacred Realm".

Hard & soft cover, 203 pages, 11 1/4" x 9 3/4 "
60 black and white photos & 404 color photos

ISBN: N/A

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Schwebel: David's Journey

The inaugural exhibition at Yeshiva University Museum's new contemporary galleries, "David the King", featured 35 oil paintings by Ivan Schwebel, an American artist living in Jerusalem since the 1960's. "David's Journey" is the catalogue of that exhibition. It is composed of David the King, published in Israel in 1998, and preceded by a 48-page supplement of paintings created expressly for this exhibition. The catalogue contains a preface by Sylvia Herskowitz, Museum Director, an introduction by the artist, and an essay by Everett Fox, Allen M. Glick Professor of Biblical and Judaic Studies, Clark University.

Soft cover, 163 pages, 12" x 11" 119 color plates,
21 black and white illustrations

ISBN: 965-555-025-7

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See and Sanctify: Exploring Jewish Symbols

In the Judaic tradition symbol systems are composed of common elements e.g. a gate, light, a crown. In this catalogue "See and sanctify" modern interpretations of Jewish symbols mingle freely with those of a bygone generation. From a Bronze Age oil lamp to a computer graphic Magen David, the medium differs but the message and significance remains the same. Special thanks to the guest curator Moshe Davidowitz, the artistic designer Amiram Shamir, the exhibit designer Jeffery Serwatien, and the endowers of the museum, Ludwig and Erica Jesselson.

Soft cover booklet, 64 pages, 10.5" x 8.5"
48 black and white photos

ISBN: N/A

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Siegmund Forst: A Lifetime in Arts and Letters

An artist émigré from Vienna, Forst's graphic designs for Hebrew textbooks and Haggadot revolutionized the look of Jewish book publications in America. His innovations - a modern American look for Jewish characters and a bold, new graphic design for texts - forever changed the look of American Jewish ublications. By setting new standards, Forst had a major impact on Jewish popular culture and the way in which Jews were visually portrayed and perceived. The subjects he portrayed included Biblical heroes, Zionist pioneers, and Americans celebrating Jewish holidays.

Soft cover, 76 pages, 10" x 8" 19 color plates,
39 black and white photos

ISBN: 0-945447-09-4



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Terezin 1942-44: Through the Eyes of Norbert Troller

The exhibition of 160 watercolors and sketches by Norbert Troller depicts routine life inside the Terezin concentration camp where Troller was imprisoned for two and a half years. Employed by the Terezin administration to rebuild barracks and latrines for the prisoners, in his spare time Troller painted the scenes and people around him. Instead of portraying grim scenes of despondency, Troller chronicled daily acts of kindness: the courage, friendship, and love with which the inmates of Terezin fought their fears and despair.

Soft cover, 48 pages, 9 1/2" x 8 1/2"
33 black and white illustrations (booklet)

ISBN: N/A


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The Sephardic Journey: 1492-1992


The exhibition catalog documents Yeshiva University Museum's "The Sephardic Journey: 1492-1992," which examined the cultural, intellectual, and artistic achievements of Sephardic communities established after the expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal.

Hard & soft cover, 424 pages
9 1/2" x 6 1/2" 243 black and white illustrations, 19 color plates

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The World of Itshak Holtz

For more than 40 years, Holtz, a resident of Washington Heights, NY, has been creating vibrant scenes of American Jewish life, compelling character portraits, and beautiful land and cityscapes of Israel. His paintings are characterized by a mastery of fine detail combined with the dramatic interplay of light and shadow. They are visual expressions of his love for people and his passion for the land of Israel. Holtz’s depictions of urban and rural life are scrupulously rendered and filled with incredible detail. Among his favorite places to paint are New York’s Lower East Side, Williamsburg and Boro Park, as well as Meah Shearim in Jerusalem.

Soft cover, 22 pages, 8 3/4 x 8"
22 color illustrations
8 black and white illustrations

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Theodor Herzl: If You Will It, It Is Not A Dream

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Theodor Herzl’s trailblazing book, Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State), Yeshiva University Museum mounted the first exhibition of Manfred Anson’s noteworthy collection of Herzliana. It traced Herzl’s life and career through manuscripts and autographs in Herzl’s hand, photographs, artwork, postcards, materials from the early Zionist congresses and the early years of the Jewish National Fund. The multitude of memorabilia demonstrated the enormous popularity of Herzl who was a hero to Jews all over the world. Contemporary items, ranging from posters to street signs, bear testimony to Herzl’s living legacy in the state of Israel.

Soft cover, 108 pages, 10 x 8"
Black and white illustrations

ISBN: 0-945447-08-6

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Tobi Kahn: Micro-Cosmos

Internationally acclaimed as a painter and sculptor, Tobi Kahn draws on his Jewish
heritage to create abstract, spiritual works evocative of the cosmos and the elements of the earth. Kahn’s minimal formations reflect sky, land, water, molecules, blood and the nuclei of life itself. The paintings, inspired by the book of Genesis, become metaphors for creation. Kahn’s artworks direct the viewer inward to reflect upon his or her own spirituality. Preface by Reba Wulkan, Contemporary Exhibitions Curator.

Soft cover, 64 pages, 9 x 11 1/2"
34 color illustrations

ISBN: 0-945447-14-0

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Tradition and Fantasy in Jewish Needlework

This exhibition was the second major show of contemporary needlework ever to be mounted in the United States. It brought together 120 works by some 60 Jewish and non-Jewish fiber artists. Guest curator Ita Aber, selected works that ranged from traditional embroidery of ritualistic objects, such as Torah mantles and ark curtains, to abstract three-dimensional pieces.

Soft cover, 83 pages, 8 1/2 x 9 1/2"
12 color illustrations

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Treasures of Dubrovnik

The collection of the Jewish community of Dubrovnik is documented for the first time in this catalogue published by Yeshiva University Museum in 1999. Fifty artifacts from the Dubrovnik synagogue are described in detail, many with illustrations. The catalogue also includes an essay on the history of Jews in Dubrovnik - the first scholarly article on this topic in English, by Barisa Krekic, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles; an analysis of the ritual textiles by Désirée Koslin of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; and a halachic analysis of the 12th century Torah Scroll, by Rabbi Chaim Chernoff. The complex story of the legal battle over the collection is also recounted. A chronology of the Dubrovnik Jewish community is included.

Soft cover, 38 pages, 8 1/2 x 11"
21 black and white illustrations

ISBN 0-945447-10-8



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Yeshiva University Museum: The First Decade

This publication celebrates the first decade of the YU Museum with a look back at the first exhibitions, programs, and special events. Featured exhibitions include The Jewish Wedding, Terezin, Raban Remembered, and Daily Life in Ancient Israel. Color photographs and descriptions are included.

Soft cover, 27 pages, 8 1/2 x 9 1/2"
13 color illustrations
24 black and white images

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