Today I went to the Jewish Museum, with my Catholic girlfriend. My other friend, Gene Gilbert, meet us and offered to be our docent. He told us so much more than we would have known, had we just walked around by ourselves. He had personal stories of his own,that further enhanced our visit. There are wonderful displays of the Torah, Mazuzahs, a Tallis, and a lot more. We saw a large push cart, displaying the fruit that was sold from it,in years gone by. And, of course, there is a section on the Holocaust. But most of all, there are pictures, and pictures of the Jewish people who came to Milwaukee from Russia, Poland, Spain, and Germany, and eventually started their own businesses. Every picture has a story from the past.
But the most amazing feature, is the LARGE Chagall (14 X 19 Ft) Tapestry, that hangs near the entrance to the museum. It is not a painting, but was woven using strands of colored wool. It is worth $125.000, and took a year to weave. It is very very beautiful!
Both my friend and I learned a lot that we never knew. I plan to go back some day to take a longer look. It is a wonderful place to go, for both Jews and Gentiles, Old and young, to learn about Milwaukes Jewish Heritage.
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