A Hanukkah Lamp Chosen for This Year’s Festival of Lights

The profusion of flowers on this Hanukkah lamp takes inspiration from both biblical and Eastern European sources. On the arms are blossoms and buds referring to those on the first menorah built for the Tabernacle in the wilderness, as described in Exodus 25: “And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold. . . . [...]

Some Final Q&As from #AskACurator Day

We had a great time participating in this year’s #AskACurator Day on Twitter! On Wednesday, September 17, four members of our Curatorial and Collections teams stepped up to answer questions tagged with the #AskACurator hashtag using our handle @TheJewishMuseum. We were asked everything from what newly acquired collection objects we’re excited about, to how our curators got [...]

Behind the Scenes of A Hanukkah Project

Hanukkah has arrived and with it another opportunity for The Jewish Museum to show off its tremendous collection of Hanukkah lamps. This year, curator Susan Braunstein teamed up with architect Daniel Libeskind to mount the exhibition A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind’s Line of Fire. As a curatorial assistant working in Judaica, I was able to [...]