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The Mollie & Louis Kaplan Museum of Judaica

The Mollie & Louis Kaplan Museum of Judaica collection consists of over 700 pieces.

Items for regular display, dating from the mid-17th century to the present, are categorized as follows:
Art  | Torah scrolls and ornaments | SabbathItems for daily or regular use | Lifecycle eventsHoliday

Presentation via Zoom in partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center:
Treasures from Congregation Beth Yeshurun's Kaplan Museum of Judaica, with Dr. Daniel Musher
Part I - Pesach  |  Part II - Shabbat and Havdalah  |  Part III - Life and Life Cycle Events  |  Part IIII - Hanukah and Purim

Only part of the collection can be shown at any one time. Some pieces are on “permanent” display; others are displayed according to season or special interest. A more complete description of the collection is offered in our museum catalogue available for purchase in the Beth Yeshurun Sisterhood gift shop. 

Some items that are regarded as most important are portraits of Rabbis by Krestin and Mane-Katz; the full suite of lithographs illustrating the first chapters of Genesis by Abel Pann (the first known attempt by a Jew to illustrate Torah); a round Hanukiyah (Hanukah menorah) and a lamp to light a synagogue reading desk, both in brass from Poland, 18th century; a miniature kosher Torah scroll about 4” in height; an 18th century silver and gilt Torah scroll shield; and a magnificent, 19th century filigree Torah scroll crown and rimmonim (finials) from Russia.

To read the full history of the Mollie & Louis Kaplan Museum of Judaica, click here.

To Visit the Museum

Hours and Admission: The Museum is open 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Monday through Thursday; guided tours by appointment. No admission charge. 

The collection is open to congregants whenever the building is open. For non-members an appointment is required. Various groups, both Jewish and non-Jewish, take advantage of the opportunity to visit the collection each year, and docents can be arranged for groups that wish to use them.


Thu, June 13 2024 7 Sivan 5784