Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hebrew Union home to world-famous collection of 1,500 pieces of Jewish culture

By Kevin Eigelbach
This is an illustrated Purim megillah, or scroll, and filigreed silver case created by silversmith and illustrator Ze’ev Raban, a master of Israel’s Bezalel School, dated 1927. Megillot are read on the Jewish holiday of Purim. This piece was a gift of Joseph B. and Olyn Horwitz of Cleveland.
OHIO---Stored out of sight for more than a dozen years, a large collection of Jewish artwork and historical documents will see the light of day again in a new home, Cincinnati’s Skirball Museum. Earlier this month, the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection arrived at the museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College -- Jewish Institute of Religion in Clifton. The donation, from Washington, D.C.-based B’nai B’rith International, is triple the size of the Skirball’s existing collection of Jewish memorabilia, or Judaica, said Skirball director Abby Schwartz. [link]