Temple Museum

Welcome to The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion, and Culture

Dr. Katya Oicherman, Museum Director

The Temple Museum was founded by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver in 1950 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Temple-Tifereth Israel. It was housed at The Temple’s original location in University Circle in Cleveland in a space designed by Rorimer Brooks before moving to its current location in Beachwood. It is one of the first museums of Judaica in North America and one of only a few synagogue museums with significant collections.

The Museum’s collection numbers over 2,500 Jewish ritual and fine art objects on display in the Hartzmark Gallery, Chapel Corridor, and throughout the Temple building, including three Czech Memorial Scrolls. The collection also includes 186 pieces on view in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery at The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. In addition to exhibitions, Museum programming includes monthly Art Talks, salons, lectures, tours, artists-in-residence, and collaborations with schools and community groups.

Museum Hours for The Hartzmark Gallery and Chapel Corridor:

For Members of The Temple
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sundays: 9:00am – 3:30pm

For General Public
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm by appointment
Sunday by appointment

The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery at the Maltz Museum is open:

Tuesday-Sunday – 11:00am – 5:00pm

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Current Exhibition in the Hartzmark Gallery

THE STORY OF EXODUS: 24 LITHOGRAPHS BY MARC CHAGALL
From The Temple Museum Collection

Join in the journey of the vivid and imaginative world of Marc Chagall as he tells the story of Exodus through 24 dramatic lithographs exhibited in the Hartzmark Center Gallery. The exhibit includes 20 original works from the portfolio of 24 vibrant, full-color lithographs that takes us through key moments of the inspirational and magical Exodus story. The remaining four pieces are currently displayed at The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery at the Maltz Museum.

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Also On View

“From Israel. Now.”
December 2023-June 2024

The terrible events of October 7 and their aftermath continue to be an omnipresent element of our life. To voice the ongoing experiences of Israelis during this difficult time and to connect them with The Temple-Tifereth Israel congregation, the Temple Museum launched the project “From Israel. Now.”, a series of changing exhibits of artworks produced by leading and emerging Israeli creatives in direct response to the unfolding events. Artists working now feel the necessity to bear witness to the extremity of historic change and emotion it arouses. Through their work, we can find a channel to connect and recognize others and ourselves in the artists’ images.
On view at the Upper Hartzmark Gallery.

Itzik Rennert, 2 Weeks (Mourning), 2023

The Temple Gallery at The Maltz Museum

Maltz Museum Gallery LobbyVisit our collection at The Maltz Museum.

Did you know, by virtue of being a member at the Temple, you can visit our collection for free? Just stop at the desk and let them know that you are members of the Temple visiting The Temple Gallery.

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Previous Exhibits

ANDY WARHOL’S JEWISH ICONS: 10 PORTRAITS

View the newest addition to The Temple Museum collection! Join us for Andy Warhol’s Jewish Icons: 10 Portraits, an exhibition featuring Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century that transport you into the world of the pop art superstar artist. Created by the artist himself in New York City in 1980, the 10 individual silkscreen portraits on paper feature Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, and Gertrude Stein.
Andy Warhol Jewish Icons

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Violins and Hope: From the Holocaust to Symphony Hall, Photographs By Daniel Levin

See renowned Israeli luthier (violin maker) Amnon Weinstein’s workshop come alive in 42 large scale photographs by Daniel Levin. The first photographer to document Amnon’s workshop in Tel Aviv, Levin captures a one-of-a-kind collection of violins that survived the Holocaust and the artful process for restoring them. The photographer’s superb ability to celebrate both place and process through the beauty of light is nothing short of remarkable.

Violin Workshop

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IN MY OWN FOOTSTEPS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC FRIEDMAN

The Temple Museum is pleased to present a solo exhibition of photographs by nationally recognized photographer Eric Friedman.

Eric enjoys the solitude and beauty of landscape photography and is equally drawn to the vibrancy of cities and the currents of motion surrounding them. Many of his photographs are engendered by a storm chaser’s fascination with the elements and the power of nature unleashed. Things ordinary, captured with passion, can speak to the dualities of joy and adversity we all experience in our lives. As Eric explains, “My approach to photography can be distilled into the simplest terms. One must find the spot, get the shot and manage the camera so it’s a hospitable vessel for capturing the moment.”

In addition to photography, Eric has been a musician, a Partner at Deloitte Consulting and has traveled extensively, hiking and touring with his wife Debbie and friends. They have divided their time between Cleveland and Camden, Maine, and currently reside locally. Their son Jordan lives in Los Angeles, California. Debbie and Eric have been Temple members for over 20 years.

Upcoming Events

Chagall: A Musical Journey with the Tischler Klezmer Orchestra
Sunday, March 10, 2024, 3:00PM

A storytelling concert with The Tischler Klezmer Orchestra concluding “The Story of Exodus” exhibition. Follow the significant places and times in Marc Chagall’s biography with songs and melodies from Belarus to Paris to New York. Marc …

Art Talk: Jewish Views on Eclipses
Sunday, March 24, 2024, 1:00PM

Art talk by Rabbi Roger C. Klein accompanying The Temple Museum exhibit "The Eclipse Collection: Thirty Years of Chasing Totality" A rare and exciting total solar eclipse, in which the moon completely obscures the sun, will …

Art Talk: Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 5:30PM

The Temple Museum presents an art talk with Irvin Ungar, an eminent scholar of Arthur Szyk's art, who will share insights from The Szyk Haggadah, exploring how the story of Passover and Szyk’s visual commentary …

Art Talk: Arthur Szyk and the Stained-Glass Windows
Friday, April 19, 2024, 4:00PM

Please join the eminent scholar Irvin Ungar for a tour of the unique memorial stained-glass windows designed by Arthur Szyk for The Temple-Tifereth Israel in 1947. Ungar will provide insight into the art and history …

Art Exhibition Opening: Israel. Now.
Sunday, April 21, 2024, 1:00PM

A visual art award for a teen member in grades 7 – 12.

The $250 prize can be used for art supplies, classes and program attendance. Interested? Submit one piece or a portfolio along with a statement of why this art represents you.

Submit original art by April 20 to the front desk attendant. Your art will be securely stored and returned to you. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email, along with your statement.

Questions? Contact Marlene Whitman at (440) 665-2388.