Permanent Exhibitions

THE ONE AND THE ONENESS

All the exhibitions in the museum share a conceptual narrative - The One and the Oneness. Jewish life is a delicate and intricate tapestry of relations between the individual and the community.

An Individual's World - Treasures of Those Who Left a Mark

This exhibition merges the historical chamber of the late Rabbi Herzog, The State of Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, with items belonging to people who triggered change. This includes the tallit attributed to the Baal Shem Tov, an original document written by Rabbi Nachman of Breslav, former Prisoner of Zion Joseph Mendelevich's improvised tzitzit and kippah and a miniature Holy Ark which held the Torah scrolls taken by the late Ilan Ramon to space.

Seventy Faces - The Synagogue From East to West

How does a people retain its identity over three and a half millennia since it had settled in its home land?

One of the answers is – ''the Synagogue''.
The synagogue is the Jews' meeting venue for prayer – ''the spiritual receptacle''

The synagogue is the community's central meeting spot. It is the community's religious, spiritual and national focus. Three times a day the congregation gathers in the synagogue for prayer and learning. Here the congregation meets for festive occasions as well as for sad events.

In all congregations, West and East, in the Babylonian exile and up to the present time all synagogues have the following three factors in common:

The ''Thora'' - the Scroll of the law
''Jerusalem'' – the direction of prayer
The ''Minian'' – the quorum of ten men making up the minimum number of men required for public prayer.

The exhibition demonstrates the contents and the character of the synagogue in showing the factors of time and place.  Most of the exhibits relate a story stressing Jewish values while giving expression to the history and art of the period.

“…and the Letters Soar Heavenwards” - Vilna as Metaphor for Jewish Identity

This installation art exhibit deals primarily with the question of the survival of the Jewish people. The multi-media show screened on six screens, along with the smaller hidden cabinets each telling a different story, next to museological objects, all taking place in a specially designed room with hanging scrolls, books lined backwards, tell the story of the Jews in Vilna – before, during and after WWII - and, in a sense, the story of the Jewish people.

The Infinite Gaze - The Works of Isidor Kaufmann in an Associative Exhibition

The exhibition presents the renowned Jewish artist’s finest portraits, alongside authentic objects from the collections of the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art, Hechal Shlomo, and from the local market, as well as contemporary art in dialogue with Kaufmann’s work.
Isidor Kaufmann’s works are exhibited in two exhibition spaces, alongside objects and works of contemporary art: the first space is likened to the home – a private space – while the other resembles the synagogue – a public, communal space.
The exhibition seeks to highlight not only the aesthetic and historic value of the works, but also their relevance to Jerusalem – the here and now, through questions of Jewish identity.

''… and I May Dwell Among Them''

The exhibition presents the material and spiritual components of synagogues and Jewish homes and offers a visual expression of the value of holiness.

Next Year in Jerusalem – Reality and Fantasy Descriptions of the Holy City

The centerpiece of this room is Reuven Rubin's majestic painting ''Jerusalem''. Next to it are paintings and pieces of art depicting Jerusalem as envisioned by different artists.

Small World – Jewish Art for Children

This exhibit fascinates children and adults and includes dioramas depicting key stations in the history of the Jewish people, texts on miniature objects and more.