Capsule Exhibits by Beit Hatfutsot


Beit Hatfutsot is launching a new initiative that offers Jewish Institutions and organizations, a selection of curated, ready-made photo displays. The displays are offered at no cost, with the intention of sharing Beit Hatfutsot’s vast collection of over 400,000 black and white images depicting Jewish history, heritage, and communal life across the globe.

The Capsule Exhibits offer a unique opportunity to enrich your communal space while engaging your members and visitors. The displays may also serve as launching pads for educational programs and crowd-sourced additions, inviting community members to submit their own family photos or artwork, creating a tapestry of meaningful moments.

The Exhibits:

The Jewish Wedding

Wedding of Maurice Rafoul Dana and Lucie nee Chana, Magen Avraham synagogue, Beirut, Lebanon, 1936 The children standing on the right are Azour Sassoon and Shela Sutton, Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Edouard Mizrahi, Belgium

Wedding of Maurice Rafoul Dana and Lucie nee Chana, Magen Avraham synagogue, Beirut, Lebanon, 1936 The children standing on the right are Azour Sassoon and Shela Sutton, Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Edouard Mizrahi, Belgium

left:  The wedding of fencing champion Alfred Nobel to Violetta Nagel, Dohány Synagogue, Budapest, Hungary, 1941 Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Violetta Nobel right:  Hans Engelsman and Zifri nee Moskowitz on their wedding day wearing British Army uniforms, Napoli, Italy, April 1944 Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Judy Barkan

left: The wedding of fencing champion Alfred Nobel to Violetta Nagel, Dohány Synagogue, Budapest, Hungary, 1941 Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Violetta Nobel right: Hans Engelsman and Zifri nee Moskowitz on their wedding day wearing British Army uniforms, Napoli, Italy, April 1944 Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Judy Barkan

This exhibit showcases early to mid-20th century photographs of Jewish weddings – an important part of the Jewish life cycle – from around the world, from marriage ceremonies beneath the chuppah (canopy) to commemorative family photos. With its illuminating diversity, this exhibit enables viewers to glimpse the ways in which a variety of Jewish communities and cultures celebrate their nuptials worldwide.

Vintage Jewish Fashion

Class of third grade Tarbut School girls, David Gorodok, Poland, 1924 From right, seated: Rachel Stauber, Beracha Lutsky, Zvia Rappaport, Judith Shochat. Second row, from right: (?), Tziporin (?), Haya Farber.

Class of third grade Tarbut School girls, David Gorodok, Poland, 1924 From right, seated: Rachel Stauber, Beracha Lutsky, Zvia Rappaport, Judith Shochat. Second row, from right: (?), Tziporin (?), Haya Farber

left: Bouda, a young Jewish woman in traditional Moroccan attire, Tinghir, Todgha Valley, Morocco, 1958 right:Bar Mitzvah ceremony of Gabriel-Yakar Shem Tov and engagement party of his sister, Rivka, and her fiancé, Baruch Shalom, Tel-Aviv, Eretz Israel, 1940


These 20th century photographs depict traditional costumes and other ensembles from Jewish communities throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Eretz Israel and beyond. Showcased are portrait and group photos, master craftwork including embroidery and jewelry, European Jewish school and sport uniforms, festive dress, early Eretz Israel urban and labor clothing and a famous Israeli fashion brand.

The Roots of the Startup Nation – A Unique Photo Display of Israel’s Industrious History

Worker in the Kitan Textile factory in Dimona, Israel, 1960s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld  Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

Worker in the Kitan Textile factory in Dimona, Israel, 1960s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

Workers preparing a field for planting, Israel, 1950s Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

left: Assembly line in the Kaiser-Frazer (later Illin) car factory, Haifa, Israel, 1950s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection. right: Workers preparing a field for planting, Israel, 1950s Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection


Renowned as a world leader in today’s startup industry, Israel was once a different kind of startup pioneer. The Roots of the Startup Nation brings together photographs of Israeli industries from the first half of the 20th century, including the citrus and textile industries of the 1920’s, those industries that arose out of the immigration wave of the 1930’s, and industries bolstered by governmental intervention in the 1950’s labor market.

Is it Kosher?

Kibbutz members in the common dining room, Ein Hashofet, Eretz Israel,  1930-1940 Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

Kibbutz members in the common dining room, Ein Hashofet, Eretz Israel, 1930-1940 Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

left: Kosher restaurant and a shop in the Jewish Quarter (Le Marais), Paris, France, 1977 right: Distributing loaves of bread, Eretz Israel, 1930-1940

A selection of photographs of cooking, eating & selling Jewish food.

Jewish Simchas

 Bar Mitzvah Boy Reading the Torah in the Synagogue, New York, USA, 1950 Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

Bar Mitzvah Boy Reading the Torah in the Synagogue, New York, USA, 1950 Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

left: Bat Mitzvah girls with Rabbi Boccara (left), at the first such ceremony ever held in Tunisia, Tunis, Tunisia, 1930s. Beit Hatfutsot, The Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Roland Fellous, Sarcelles  right: Simhat Torah banners in a stall in Tel Aviv, Israel, 1950s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

left: Bat Mitzvah girls with Rabbi Boccara (left), at the first such ceremony ever held in Tunisia, Tunis, Tunisia, 1930s. Beit Hatfutsot, The Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Roland Fellous, Sarcelles right: Simhat Torah banners in a stall in Tel Aviv, Israel, 1950s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection


Various Jewish celebrations such as Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in a wide variety of  communities

Jewish Sport

The Maccabi girls team, Tartu, Estonia, 1922  Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center,  courtesy of Pesia Kruskel-Mas

The Maccabi girls team, Tartu, Estonia, 1922 Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Pesia Kruskel-Mas

left: Parade of girls during  the Jewish sports day, Berlin, Germany, 1935. Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld  Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld collection. right: Boxing match of the Maccabi boxing team ,Berlin, Germany, 1934-1935  Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld  Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center , Sonnenfeld collection

left: Parade of girls during the Jewish sports day, Berlin, Germany, 1935. Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld collection. right: Boxing match of the Maccabi boxing team ,Berlin, Germany, 1934-1935 Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center , Sonnenfeld collection


Jewish sports events and Jewish sports teams in the 1920’s-1980’s.

The High Holidays

Young boy and girl reading a book about Rosh Hashana, Israel, 1950s Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

Children reading a book about Rosh Hashana, Israel, 1950s Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

left: Jewish soldiers at Rosh-Hashana prayer, Rangoon, Burma, 1944 right: Jewish women praying in the courtyard of the synagogue on Rosh Hashanah, Shiraz, Iran, 1973


A unique photo display that depicts the ways in which the holidays are celebrated and commemorated in communities across the globe.

Passover

Passover Seder of a Jewish family from Romania, 3rd right Nela Fano, Venice, Italy, 1933

Passover Seder of a Jewish family from Romania, 3rd right Nela Fano, Venice, Italy, 1933

left: Hindu women prepare mazzot for the entire Jewish community during Passover at the courtyard of the Baghdadi Synagogue 'Magen David', Bombay, India 1979. Photo: Carmel Berkson, Bombay  right: Families on Passover holiday eating Mazza on the beach, Eilat, Israel, 1960s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Carmel Berkson Collection

left: Hindu women prepare mazzot for the entire Jewish community during Passover at the courtyard of the Baghdadi Synagogue ‘Magen David’, Bombay, India 1979. Photo: Carmel Berkson, Bombay right: Families on Passover holiday eating Mazza on the beach, Eilat, Israel, 1960s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Carmel Berkson Collection


The various ways in which the holiday is celebrated and commemorated in communities across the globe.