Three centuries of Jewish decorative arts at Mfa Boston

Three centuries of Jewish decorative arts at Mfa Boston
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Three centuries of Jewish decorative arts at Mfa Boston. A Landmark Gift of Judaica from donors Lynn and the late Charles Schusterman.


Three centuries of Jewish decorative arts at Mfa Boston

The MFA was the recent recipient of 119 works of Judaica from donors Lynn and the late Charles Schusterman. This gift transforms the Museum’s Judaica collection, increasing its size and range immensely. This extraordinary gift includes metalwork, sculptures, paintings, works on paper, textiles, and ceramics ranging from the 18th to the 20th century, and span the globe covering Europe, Asia, Israel, and America.

The gift of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Collection ensures that Mfa visitors will have the opportunity to explore centuries of Jewish culture through these fascinating examples of Judaica, and learn more about the works through gallery tours, educational programming, and online resources.

If you have the chance, see selected artworks, Yareah friends, from Hanukkah lamps to Sabbath candlesticks. It’s worth! Now on view in Galleries 142 and 252.

**The Hanukkah menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah, as opposed to the seven-branched menorah used in the ancient Temple or as a symbol.

**Shabbat candles lit on Friday nights before sunset to usher in the Jewish Sabbath.Usually, it’s done by the woman of the household. After lighting the candles, she waves her hands over them, covers her eyes and recites a blessing.

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