Temple Museum

Welcome To The Temple Museum Of Jewish Art, Religion, and Culture

Sue Koletsky, 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. 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.

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Current Exhibition

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.
A photo of a violin with inlaid Stars of David

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On Exhibition in the Chapel Corridor

THE MEANING WITHIN THE LETTERS / A FRAMEWORK FOR CONNECTION

Paper Cuts by Nancy Schwartz-Katz

Nancy Schwart-Katz’s 22 Hebrew letter portfolio explores the letters visually and tactilely through her spiritually engaging multi-layered paper cuts. Her interest in the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet has inspired many beautiful and meaningful pieces of art including The DNA of Language sculpture that is on view in The Temple Commons which transforms the area with glistening floating Hebrew letters.

“Though distinctly mechanical, the Hebrew alphabet has a depth of meaning and mystical connection to the larger universe that G-d has created. Each letter is much more than a medium to write text – they are a guide, a framework for sharing a connection with others. It is a way for one to facilitate and to exchange ideas, a ritual script that alternates between G-d’s actions and the instructions to the reader for everyday existence. This allows us to engage with one another in our daily lives, enabling us to transform ourselves to make a difference in this world.”

A photo of Nancy Schwartz Katz's

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Also On View

Camps: Selections From The Holocaust Wall Hangings By Judith Weinshall Liberman

The Holocaust Wall Hangings by Judith Weinshall Liberman are a series of loose-hanging fabric banners of varying sizes created between 1988 and 2002. They illustrate the plight of the Jewish people and other minorities during the Holocaust of World War II.

Photo of the Plan of Auschwitz Wall Hanging

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Upcoming Events

Art Talk: The Meaning Within Letters
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 7:00PM

THE MEANING WITHIN THE LETTERS / A FRAMEWORK FOR CONNECTION: Paper Cuts by Nancy Schwartz-Katz Please join us for a special ART TALK with Nancy Schwartz-Katz Nancy will talk about her 22 Hebrew letter portfolio that explores …

Andy Warhol’s Jewish Icons: 10 Portraits Opening
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 7:00PM

Join us for a Pop Art Opening of Andy Warhol's Jewish Icons: 10 Portraits. We will have light bites, sweet treats, music & art! Learn more about the exhibit! We will be collecting cans of soup …

Waterloo Art Walk
Thursday, September 22, 2022, 10:30AM

TWA, Chai Lifers & Social Action and The Temple Museum Committee Present: WATERLOO ART WALK Explore this creative hub for thought provoking art, design and musical performances. It is becoming a haven for independently owned artist …

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