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Theatrical Photoshoot!

Theatre costumes worn by the award-winning Jewish actor, Henry Goodman, during productions of The Merchant of Venice and Fiddler on the Roof have recently entered the collection of Jewish Museum London thanks to the actor’s generous donation. Before storing them safely away, we took the opportunity to set up a 2-day photoshoot (yes, it really […]

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Fragments of Childhood – Then and Now

by Jemima Jarman, Assistant Curator The Jewish Museum London recently received a generous donation of 14 charming oil paintings, depicting East Ham, Ilford in the 1930s. The artist, A. David Crown, M.D., (1924-2016), created these paintings after retiring from a medical career in Rochester, New York; drawing upon memories of his early childhood and the […]

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Orientalism in the Alfred Rubens Collection

by Dr Kathrin Pieren, Collections Manager and Curator The museum’s Rubens Collection of 1,600 drawings, prints, etchings, and lithographs from the 17th to the 20th century encompasses scenes from Jewish life and portrays Jewish personalities, mostly from Britain. Yet, it also includes ethnographic prints of Jews from Northern Africa, Turkey and the Middle East. These […]

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Sephardi Dress

by Miriam Phelan, Assistant Curator Sephardi Voices, currently on display in the museum’s Welcome Gallery, explores the stories of Jewish immigrants to the UK from across the Islamic world through video interviews, photographs and a selection of objects from the collection. The Jewish Museum London has a number of Sephardi objects, including rare and beautiful […]

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The Sephardi Community of the Resettlement Era

by Dr Kathrin Pieren, Collections Manager and Curator The current exhibition on Jewish people who came to the UK from the Middle East and Northern Africa in the 20th century – Sephardi Voices – seems a good opportunity to look at the history of an earlier Sephardi community (people whose ancestry goes back to Spain, called […]

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Jews of Iraq

by Miriam Phelan, Assistant Curator Over the next few months we will be exploring Sephardi Jewish communities from around the world and throughout time on the blog, alongside our exhibition Sephardi Voices: Jews from North Africa, the Middle East and Iran. Explore the historic Iraqi Jewish communities in the first of these blogs below.  The […]

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Radical Women

by Miriam Phelan, Assistant Curator As part of International Women’s Day 2017 the Jewish Museum London has a display of 10 portraits of Radical Jewish Women who have made significant contributions to the fields of science, culture, sports, literature and politics.  International Women’s Day is often associated with the beginning of the Russian Revolution in […]

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Remembering Simeon Solomon

by Abi Stacey, Marketing, Communications and PR Manager As LGBT History Month draws to a close we remember Pre-Raphaelite artist Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) whose career was cut tragically short when he was arrested for homosexual acts. Simeon Solomon was born in 1840 to a prominent Jewish family and by 1858 his work was exhibited at […]

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Shaping Ceramics

by Joshua Rocker, Marketing Intern With its working jukebox machine and colourful collection of record covers, I wasn’t sure if the Jukebox, Jewkbox exhibition could be topped by Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal. I had started a marketing and events internship at the Jewish Museum just as Jewkbox was approaching its […]

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The Battle of Cable Street

by Morgan Wadsworth-Boyle, Assistant Curator On 4 October 1936, the people of the East End united to block a march by the British Union of Fascists, led by Sir Oswald Mosley.  Within the week leading to the event, local politicians had pleaded with Home Secretary Sir John Simon to forbid the march, and he had […]

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