Guide to the Arts

September 2012

Guide to the Arts

Exhibits/ Music Festivals/ Film Festivals/Theater


United States
The Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum, Phoenix (480-951-0323; Features a composite synagogue sanctuary from Djerba, Tunisia, with ornate floral-motif tiles and wooden Torah casings, and a life-cycle exhibit. Permanent exhibit.

The Evanne Copeland Kofman Biblical Garden, Scottsdale (480-951-0323; features plants mentioned in the Bible—grape, flax, terebinth, papyrus, fig, date, ebony and olive.

University of Arizona Health Sciences Library, Tucson (520-626-6125; Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race Traveling exhibit of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum provokes thought about eugenics, Nazi “science of race,” and genetic manipulation. Through March 31, 2013.


Fowler Museum, UCLA (310-825-4361;
Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews Created and organized by Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People (Tel Aviv, Israel), a major exhibition on the history of Iranian Jews. Through March 10, 2013.
Shulamit Gallery My heart is in the East, and I am at the ends of the West Works by contemporary artists Ben Mayeri, Laura Merage, Soraya Nazarian, Farid Safai and Jessica Shokrian. Through January 4, 2013.
Leaving the Land of Roses Works by contemporary artists David Abir, Krista Nassi, Soraya Nazarian, Tal Shochat and Marjan Vayhgan. Through March 9, 2013.
Jewish Federation's Bell Family Gallery Iranian Art Reimagined Works by contemporary artists Jessica Shokrian, Mitra Forouzan, David Abir, Shamram Farshadfar and Tal Schochat and by architect Yassi Gabbay. Through March 31, 2013.

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (310-440-7300; The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design Metzker creates a balance between formal brilliance, optical innocation, and regard for the objective world. Through February 24, 2013.
Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations Black artists used Jewish music as a resource for African American identity, history and politics. Ongoing.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Los Angeles (323-651-3704;
Innovative architecture and technology to provide and in-depth experience of the Holocaust. Permanent exhibit.

Skirball Cultural Center,
Los Angeles (310-440-4500; Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America An evaluation of the history of the Jews to the present with an emphasis on themes such as Journeys, Holidays, Lifecycle, Synagogue, Passage to America, Nation of Immigrants, the Holocaust, Israel and more. Permanent exhibit.
Noah’s Ark An interactive display, a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark is a fun reminder of the ancient flood story. Permanent exhibit.
Creating the United States Documents and letters including an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and Paine’s Common Sense. Organized by the Library of Congress. Through February 17, 2013.

Museum of Tolerance: A Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum, Los Angeles (310-553-8403;
Holocaust Section An immersive tour allows visitors to witness history unfold in just 70 minutes. Each visitor receives a passport of a child of the Holocaust and learns of their fate at the conclusion of the tour. Highlights include an outdoor café scene depicting concerned citizens in 1930s Berlin, as the television screens above relate these customers' fates; a hall of testimony; a passport printout area; and Simon Wiesenthal's office. Ongoing.

Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (415-655-7800;
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning author and illustrator who published the first full-color picture book with an African American protagonist. Through February 24, 2013.
The World Stage: Israel Kehinde Wiley explores the global Diaspora. February 14 to May 27, 2013.

Mizel Museum, Denver (303-394-9993;
4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks Celebrating the Jewish journey through art, artifacts and installations, this recently opened exhibit opened received rave reviews. Permanent exhibit.

Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach (305-672-5044; )
Mosaic: Jewish Life in Florida
Depicts Jewish life in Florida from 1763, when Jews were first allowed to settle there, to the present. Core exhibit.

The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta (678-222-3700;
Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933-1945
This exhibit describes the systematic murder of six million European Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators through historical photographs and documents, memorabilia and family pictures, and in the voices of those who survived and made new lives in Atlanta. Permanent exhibit.
Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to the Present
This display begins with the story of two young peddlers, Jacob Haas and Henry Levi, who settled in Atlanta and opened a dry-goods store, and continues to the present day when more than 100,000 Jews call metro Atlanta home. Permanent exhibit.
The Legacy Project: Coming to America
View video interviews of Atlanta residents who are Holocaust survivors, explore family photograph albums and peruse relevant documents. Interactive maps of Europe provide historical information about the home countries of local survivors and the fate of Jewish populations during World War II. Permanent exhibit.

Library Technology Center, North Georgia College & State University Dahlonega (706-864-1889; Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings Traveling exhibit of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum depicts the powerful symbolism against Nazism. Through March 15, 2013.

Spertus Museum, Chicago (312-322-1700;
Open Depot Collection Display This ingenious storage and display area houses and presents more than 1,500 objects. Ongoing.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie (847-967-4800;
Karkomi Permanent Exhibition More than 500 artifacts, documents and photographs tell the Holocaust story and testimonies from local survivors add detail. A German rail car, typical of those used in Nazi deportation programs, is in the building. Visitors must be at least 12 years old. Permanent exhibit.

Candles Holocaust Museum, Terre Haute (812-234-7881;
Eva Kor survived Auschwitz as a child and dedicated her life to Holocaust education, primarily through this museum and through educational advocacy.
Mengele's Twins The horrifying story of the thousands of twins who were experimented upon by Joseph Mengele of whom museum founder Eva Kor is one. Permanent exhibit.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore (410-732-6400;
Voice of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore: This long-term exhibit chronicles the area that was once the center of Jewish life in Baltimore in the early 1900s. 
The Synagogue Speaks (Downstairs Lloyd Street Synagogue)
This new long-term exhibit celebrates and explores the history of the landmark Lloyd Street Synagogue in Baltimore, built in 1845 and today the third-oldest standing synagogue in the United States.

The Ratner Museum, Bethesda (301-897-1518;
On display are a variety of artistic expressions of the Bible in the form of paintings, drawings and sculpture—ranging from Genesis to the Song of Songs. Permanent exhibit.

The Vilna Shul, Boston Center for Jewish Culture, Boston (617-523-2324; Reconnect the Tapestry Between 1850 and 1950, Boston's Jewish community grew and flourished. Boston's Jews created a new American identity that balanced Old World with New, obligation with opportunity. This exhibit helps visitors learn about and reconnect with their Bostonian heritage. Long-running.

National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst (413-256-4900; A Velt Mit Veltelekh: The Worlds of Yiddish Culture Drawn from the material at the center, a display of Yiddish novels, plays, poetry, newspapers and more that preserve and reinvigorate the vibrant culture nearing extinction. Long-running.


The Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, Adamany Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University, Detroit (313-577-2679; Judaism in the Home: Objects from the Collection of Constance Harris. April 14 to May 4.

Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills. (248-553-2400; Portraits of Honor: Our Michigan Holocaust Survivors An interactive exhibit of 400 Michigan Holocaust survivors.
Light from the Ashes Over 2,000 photographs that had been confiscated from Jews deported in 1943. From a locked archive, these personal photos were brought to Nazi slave labor and death camps. Through spring 2013.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company, West Bloomfield (248-788-2900; presents “Photographs 51,” Through February 10, 2013; “The Diary of Anne Frank,” March 1 to 14, “End Days,” March 6 to 24; and “My Name Is Asher Lev,” May 1 to 19.

  D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building, Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus,West Bloomfield
The Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (248-661-1000; April 7 to 21.
The JCC Stephen Gottlieb Music Festival (248-661-1000; May 9 to 19.

Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield JCC (248-432-5579;
Women VI Art exhibit and sale. To February 7.


Derfner Judaica Museum at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale
(718-581-1596; Treasures of the Judaica Museum On display are objects by Jerusalem and European artisans at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the Baum Legacy collection, Modernist interpretations of traditional objects and ritual art from a diverse range of Jewish communities. Open run. 
Under the Iron Curtain: Modern Art from the Soviet BlocWorks by 18 artists that defined the easing of Eastern Bloc censorship restrictions. Through March 31.

International Center of Photography, New York (212-857-0000; Work of Jewish photographers Roman Vishniac and Chim (born DawidSzymin) on display through May 5, 2013

Museum at Eldridge Street, New York (212-219-0302;
This magnificently restored 125-year-old synagogue is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the immigrants who lived on the Lower East Side, their traditions, beliefs, politics and social life. Its architecture is Romanesque and Moorish with a 50-foot vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows. It is a must-see site.

The Jewish Museum,
New York (212-423-3337; www.thejewishmuseum.orgCulture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey The unfolding story of Jewish culture and identity as reflected through Jewish art and artifact. Permanent exhibit.
Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries Selection of 60 Hebrew, Latin and Arabic manuscripts from Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries. Through February 3.

Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
, New York (646-437-4200; Jewish Life A Century Ago; The War Against the Jews; and Jewish Renewal Two centuries told through a rotating collection of 25,000 artifacts, photographs, and documentary films. Core exhibit.

Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, New York (212-431-1619; Janina Project: Celestial Structures Hanging crystal structures by Judy Moonelis. Permanent display.

Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York (646-312-5073;
The National Yiddish Theatre—Folksbiene presents "The Megile of Itzik Manger,” April 21 to May 5.

Westside Theatre, New York ( "My Name Is Asher Lev," based on Chaim Potok’s book, Through May 26.

Skirball Museum at the Hebrew Union College of Cincinnati (513-221-1875;
An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience
Seven galleries portray the cultural, historic and religious heritage of the Jewish people. Permanent exhibit.

Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa (918-492-1818;
On display are archaeological and ritual objects, costumes, fine art and Americana as well as memorabilia donated by Oklahoma veterans who took part in the liberation of German concentration camps and by Jewish refugees.
Roy Lichtenstein: American Identity Exhibit of 20 iconic prints. Opens October 14.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (215-763-8100; Cy Twombly: Sculptures Art that conjures myth and ancient times. Through March.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia (215-236-3300;
Alfred W. Fleisher Memorial Synagogue
Completed around 1924 and used continuously until the Eastern State Penitentiary closed in 1970, the synagogue has been faithfully restored with dark wooden benches, a beautiful Ark, reader's table, ornate plaster Star of David and an eternal flame. An exhibit describes Jewish life in the 180-year-old institution. Permanent exhibit.

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia (215-923-3811;
Core exhibition spans four floors and 350 years of the American Jewish experience.

August Wilson Center for African American Culture in partnership with the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh (412-258-2700; The Nazi Olympics Berlin 1936 Traveling exhibit of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum looks at events surrounding the Nazi-era games. Through February 28.


University Libraries
, University of South Dakota, Vermillion (605-677-5373; Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race Traveling exhibit of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum provokes thought about eugenics, Nazi “science of race,” and genetic manipulation. Through January 6, 2013.

Janet Levin March Gallery at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, Nashville (615-356-7170;
A monthly rotation of Jewish jewelry and art showcases the work of local artists. 

Belcourt Theatre, Hillsboro Village, Nashville (615-846-3150; 12th Annual Nashville Jewish Film Festival Films depicting Jewish life in contemporary society. November 7-15, 2012.

Holocaust Museum Houston
, Houston (713-942-8000;
Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers
Film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents show life in prewar Europe, the Nazi move toward the Final Solution and life after the Holocaust. Includes a rare collection of children's shoes recovered from the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland. Permanent exhibit.


Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, Richmond (804-353-2668;
Minding the Store: Richmond's Jewish Merchants
Telling the story of Richmond's Jewish merchants as they progressed from street carts to small shops to malls, this long-running exhibit links names from an earlier era with modern-day businesses.

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum (202-789-0900;
Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln’s City The vibrant centers of activity during the Civil War had a strong Jewish presence in their midst. This exhibit focuses on the stories of Jews in Washington D.C. and Alexandria during this period.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (866-998-7466;
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda This long-term exhibit reveals how the Nazi Party used modern techniques as well as new technologies to carefully craft messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany.

National Museum of American Jewish Military History (202-265-6280;
Hall of Heroes: American Jewish Recipients of the Medal of Honor Preserving the memories and heroic stories of the fifteen Jewish soldiers who received the medal of honor. Permanent exhibit.

Women in the Military: A Jewish Perspective
This long-running exhibit profiles great women veterans from the Civil War to the Gulf War. Transcending the social restrictions of being a Jew and being a woman in the Army, these women’s achievements represent a significant shift in the history of Jewish women in America.
Rescue and Renewal: GIs and Displaced Persons This exhibit evaluates the relationship between Jewish GIs and the displaced Jews after World War II. Forging a bond based on common heritage, these soldiers were often able to provide and care for the victims of the Holocaust, contributing to their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (514-345-2605;
The permanent collection includes over 7,500 artifacts Judaica, of propaganda and of objects from the ghettos and camps. Hundreds of testimonies from survivors are documented as well.

United Kingdom
Jewish Museum, London (011-44-20-7284-7384;
Jewish ceremonial art, including an interactive Torah display, a 17th-century Venetian synagogue Ark, Hanukka lamps and Passover plates.

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