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, 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.

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Current Exhibition


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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On Exhibition in the Chapel Corridor


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.

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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Previous Exhibits

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

The Divine Sarah: An Intimate Visit With Legendary Actress Sarah Bernhardt
Sunday, March 26, 2023, 3:00PM

Join us for this special one-act play written and performed by Anne McEvoy as she portrays Bernhardt, featuring student congregant Ilana Estrin and directed by Jacqi Loewy. Special French pastry reception to follow! Anne McEvoy is …

Czech Scroll Celebration
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 1:00PM

We invite the congregation and community to celebrate the remarkable legacy of these sacred scrolls! In 1942, Dr. Stein of the Juische Kiltusgemeinde in Prague, reached out to the over 350 synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia, …

Golda Meir: The Only Woman In The Room
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 3:00PM

David Ben-Guiron coined the phrase that Golda Meir, "was the only man in the cabinet." What does this say about the identity of Golda Meir and her many contributions to history, Israeli and American society, …


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