13. September 1 – November 14, 2003
SOFTWARE: Fabric Treasures of Jewish Tradition, Commemoration, and Celebration from the Permanent Collection of the Temple Judea Museum
DESCRIPTION: For only the second time in the nineteen year history of the Temple Judea Museum the museum’s entire fabric collection is now on display, with special emphasis on a unique set of Torah mantles designed and created by noted weaver Belle Quitman for the KI sanctuary. Our showcases are now filled with woven, stitched, embroidered, and painted cloths from the most humble of homemade tallit bags to the grandest of Torah covers and huppot (marriage canopies). These fabric treasures range in age from the 17th century to the present day, and represent religious usage, historic commemorations, the Holocaust, family traditions, folk art, and even the Masonic Link. This special collection represents an important treasure of Jewish ceremonial art.
Below, on the left, is a huppah that was made for the Foernwald Displacement Camp after WWII. There were many, many marriages among survivors after the war. On the right is a Tallit Katan for a woman, made by Ellen Tilman.