Capsule Exhibits by Beit Hatfutsot

The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot offers a selection of curated, ready-made photo exhibits that are suitable for display in small galleries, libraries, schools, synagogues, campuses, and historical societies. The exhibits are offered at no cost, with the intention of sharing Beit Hatfutsot’s stories and vast collection of images depicting Jewish history, culture, heritage, and communal life. Based on the Museum’s dialogue approach, the exhibits’ accompanying educational guides are designed to help teachers and museum docents to facilitate compelling and meaningful learning experiences.

Through text and imagery, the capsule exhibits offer a unique opportunity to enrich your communal space while inviting members and visitors to them to become part of the story!

 

Start Up People, Israeli Innovations

Stemming from the notion that in the modern era Jews have made a unique contribution to the world, the exhibition depicts ideas and innovations that were invented in Israel and have practical, real-world implications that change the lives of people across the globe from both an economic and ecological perspective.

The exhibition showcases five Israeli companies that have sought to enable people to sustain and fulfill their most vital and elementary human needs, from generating safe cooking gas from organic waste to the creation of fresh drinking water out of thin air.

 

Hidden Identities: In the Footsteps of the Crypto-Jews

The story of the Conversos (Spanish for “convert”) from the Iberian Peninsula is a story about secret, hidden and changing identities. Conversos, Anusim, Crypto-Jews, New Christians and other titles all refer to men and women of the 15th century and on who lived as Christians in public and continued to secretly observe Judaism in the privacy of their homes, developing unique customs that lasted generations. The exhibition sheds new light on the fascinating stories of Crypto-Jews, which are an extraordinary testament to the resilience and strength of their communities, and on their remarkable contributions to world culture.

The publicity and public intrigue surrounding the story of Conversos, in modern Jewish and non-Jewish worlds, reflects a shift in the attitude toward Converso traditions and sheds new light on the fascinating cultures that developed in the Iberian Peninsula and spread around the world.

 

 

 

Hanukkah

 

Rosh Hashana

 

Celebrating Israel

Snapshots of the People Behind a Young State

A Unique Photo Display in Honor of Israel’s 70th Anniversary

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Vintage Jewish Fashion

 

Additional collections:

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.

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 sports uniforms, festive dress, early Eretz Israel urban and labor clothing and a famous Israeli fashion brand.

 

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

left: Kosher restaurant and a shop in the Jewish Quarter (Le Marais), Paris, France, 1977 Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection. right: Distributing loaves of bread, Eretz Israel, 1930-1940. Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, Sonnenfeld Collection

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

 

Jewish Simchas

Bar Mitzvah Boy Reading the Torah in the Synagogue, New York, USA, 1950ץ 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.

 

Passover

Passover Meal at the Romanin Family, 3rd right Nela Fano, Venice, Italy, 1933. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Nela Fano

Passover Meal at the Romanin Family, 3rd right Nela Fano, Venice, Italy, 1933. Beit Hatfutsot, The Oster Visual Documentation Center, courtesy of Nela Fano

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.

Exhibits list


  • Start Up People, Israeli Innovations
  • Hidden Identities: In the Footsteps of the Crypto-Jews
  • Hanukkah
  • Rosh Hashana
  • Celebrating Israel
  • Vintage Jewish Fashion
  • Jewish Weddings

Contact us


For more information about the exhibits and educational materials, please contact:

Ronit Lusky
Director of Educational Exhibits and International Partnerships
[email protected]

 

To request an exhibit, please download, sign, and return the Capsule Presenter Agreement