WHATAn Exhibition at the Temple Judea Museum

TITLE: Signs of Our Jewish Times

WHEN: January-March 2022

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION: This is a fun exhibition that brings back memories and stimulates inter-generational conversation and story-telling. Objects of SIGNAGE from the Temple Judea Museum permanent collection that have never, or seldom, been seen before are on display. 

What constitutes a “sign”? Admittedly, our definition is quite broadly interpreted. See for yourself. What do you think? The extremely rare, original early 20th century carved and painted wood sign of the Sde Dov airport in pre-State Israel hangs along with a poster advertising a performance of Shaindele the Female Cantor, and alongside a signed poster of Liza Minelli for her appearance at Harry Jay Katz’s, Hesch’s (Jewish-style) Steak House. Also included are anti-Semitic and anti-religion posters created after the Russian Revolution, political campaign posters and pins, comic book art, stamps, folk art, Judaica, photographs, Women’s League pins, advertisements and much more.

NOTES: We decided to let these objects of SIGNAGE speak for themselves. SO, NO LABELS, except to recognize donors where they are known. However, there are gallery guides with interesting background information. Also, the exhibition continues in the lobby showcases near the sanctuary entrance.

MORE: Also on display are selections from the museum’s Purim collection. Marlene D’Orazio Adler, Chair of the TJM Artists’ Collaborative, is working with Rabbi Sussman to produce an original KI Esther Megillah, illustrated by Marlene and written by the Rabbi. To this end, Marlene has been studying the traditions of Persian art and the history of the megillah and its illustrations. On display are megillot that have especially inspired Marlene.


Click here to read the Jewish Exponent’s piece on the exhibit!

Rita Rosen Poley, Director/Curator, The Temple Judea Museum

PLEASE NOTE: The gallery is cleaned regularly and there is a large Hepa filter.

The exhibition is displayed in the museum gallery and in three large lobby showcases

For more information: TJMuseum@kenesethisrael.org, (215) 901-2656; (215) 887-8700, #416

WHERE: The Temple Judea Museum

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

8339 Old York Road (SE corner Old York and Township Line Roads)

Elkins Park, PA 19027

HOURS: The museum is generally open business hours and Sunday mornings. Some times are reserved for private visits. Best to contact us before you come.