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: From Israel. Now.

The full exhibit at the Hartzmark Gallery.
April 2024 – August 2024
The terrible events of October 7 and their aftermath continue to be an omnipresent element in our lives. 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., featuring artworks produced by leading and emerging Israeli creatives in response to, or reflecting on the Hamas attack and the ensuing war. Here the production of art is a necessity, a mechanism that allows them and helps us to cope with the extremity of historic change and the contradictory emotions it arouses.

Itzik Rennert, 2 Weeks (Mourning), 2023

Currently in The Chapel Corridor: The Eclipse Collection: Thirty Years of Chasing Totality – Memorabilia collection of Donald Abrams and Clint Werner

April 2024-June 2024
A rare and exciting total solar eclipse, in which the moon completely obscures the sun takes place in the afternoon of Monday, April 8. Cleveland is among the best places in the USA to observe it. Ex-Clevelander Donald Abrams and his husband Clint Werner have been chasing the eclipse around the globe for the last 30 years. Come marvel at the fabulous collection of memorabilia they have amassed during their journeys.

Tie-dye T-shirt detail, total eclipse, 21 August 2017, Oregon, USA

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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 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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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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Upcoming Events

Online Art Talk
Sunday, May 26, 2024, 11:00AM

Sunday, May 26, 11:00am-12:30pm - From Israel. Now. Online talk and screening of short animations by the Israeli artist Osi Wald. The talk will take place on Zoom.  Please RSVP by 12:00pm on May 23. Sunday, …

“Africa & Byzantium” Exhibition Special Tour at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 5:30PM

Tour the beautiful “Africa & Byzantium” exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) that features the rare 16th century Egyptian illuminated marriage contract (ketubah) from the Temple Museum collection. The May 19 tour is …

Online Art Talk
Sunday, June 16, 2024, 11:00AM

Sunday, May 26, 11:00am-12:30pm - From Israel. Now. Online talk and screening of short animations by the Israeli artist Osi Wald. The talk will take place on Zoom.  Please RSVP by 12:00pm on May 23. Sunday, …

Online Art Talk
Sunday, June 23, 2024, 11:00AM

Sunday, May 26, 11:00am-12:30pm - From Israel. Now. Online talk and screening of short animations by the Israeli artist Osi Wald. The talk will take place on Zoom.  Please RSVP by 12:00pm on May 23. Sunday, …

Art Talk: Behind the Scenes of “Africa & Byzantium”
Sunday, June 30, 2024, 1:00PM

A special lecture with the Cleveland Museum of Art curator Dr. Kristen Windmuller-Luna Come learn about the fascinating exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, including an object from The Temple Museum collection!  “Africa and Byzantium” considers …

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.