Jewish Museum London is operating as a museum without walls, as we work towards a new permanent home. In the meantime you can find us in a range of places, both in person and online.

‘Jewish and Homosexual’: An Exploration of Jewish LGBTQ+ Identities in the Jewish Museum London’s Collection

The Jewish Museum London holds over 41,000 objects in its collection. These objects tell the stories of the lives of Jewish people past and present, including those who are members of the LGBTQ+ community. Some of those narratives may be hidden to us, however this blog explores those objects from the collection that explicitly reveal the experiences of LGBTQ+ Jewish people.

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The Tsenerene

Discover more about the Tsenerene, one of the most popular and influential Yiddish literary works to emerge in the Middle Ages

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Jewish Museum London Celebrates its 90th Birthday and Announces the opening of The Eye As Witness Exhibition in partnership with the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.

Jewish Museum London is celebrating its 90th anniversary by confirming Frances Jeens as their Director. Frances has been the Interim Director for two years and has successfully repositioned the Museum through the Covid pandemic. The focus on collections, partnerships and learning is being celebrated through the opening of the exhibition, The Eye As Witness, created by the National Holocaust Centre and Museum and supported by Arts Council England.

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Mala’s Cat- A Unique Holocaust Memoir by Mala Kacenerg

Mala’s Cat is a unique book about the true story of a 12-year-old Polish girl who loses her entire family in the Holocaust. Living alone in the forests, her cat becomes her protector, guide, family, and witness to unspeakable horrors. Against all odds, they survive.

This memoir, written in Mala’s own child-like voice, allows readers to see the war through the innocence of a child’s eyes. Sustained by the stories she learned in her grandfather’s classroom and comforted by her cat who she believes is a guardian angel, this book has a unique spiritual richness.

Mala Kacenberg was born in Tarngrod, Poland in 1927. As WW2 broke out, Mala found herself having to fend for herself at the tender age of 12, eventually escaping the ghetto and surviving in the forest, witnessing the horrors unfold in front of her. Surviving by her wits, courage, and the help of a guardian angel (her cat Malach), she was the sole survivor of her family. Mala immigrated to London with other Jewish refugees after the war, where she raised a large family and ran a bed & breakfast.

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