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“Find Time to Visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage”

Museum of Jewish Heritage
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Ranked #115 of 1,079 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: The mission of the Museum is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries-before, during, and after the Holocaust. Multiple perspectives on modern Jewish history, life, and culture are presented in the Museum's unique Core Exhibition and award-winning special exhibitions. Acclaimed public programs, including discussions, films, plays, and concerts, highlight the richness of Jewish culture and ideas.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Arvada, Colorado
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“Find Time to Visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Last weekend, we visited NYC. I was disappointed that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were still closed. As we meandered around Battery Park, we came upon the Museum of Jewish Heritage. What a gem. The building is spacious, immaculate, and well organized. The exhibits showcase the multiple layers of Jewish culture and thought in the 20th and 21st centuries. Gaining an understanding of Jewish life around the world prior to the Holocaust provides a better understanding of what was lost as a result of the Holocaust. Artifacts, photos, and videos bring both the positive and negative aspects of Jewish history to life.

Visited April 2013
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“A spiritual odyssey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

I liked the museum because it is in such a significant location to document Jeeish history in the United States overlooking Ellis Island where almost all of us entered. The view of the statute of liberty from the third floor is amazing an there is a comfortable place to sit and contemplate. I especially enjoye the special exhibit of photography by the soviet Jew linked with a Russian unit on the Eastern front. Overall for me connecting with my heritage is a spiritual experience an a mitzvah to take my daughter.

Visited March 2013
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“A Must See in Lower Manhattan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Very well-thought-out museum that tells the story of the Holocaust by showing what Jewish life was like before the Holocaust.

Visited March 2013
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“Very worthwhile”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Very interesting exhibits depicting the history of Judaism in all parts of the world. Lovely setting right near Battery Park although there is construction nearby.

Visited January 2013
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“exhibition on Emma Lazarus and the origin of the song Hava Nagila-excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

This is a temporary exhibition. From their website:

A new exhibition held in conjunction with the 125th anniversary
of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.

Known for more than a century as the author of the lines “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . ,” the poet Emma Lazarus gave voice to the Statue of Liberty and generations of newcomers to America. However, few people know her fascinating story, her Sephardic background, her American roots, and her work for Jewish causes and a Jewish homeland. Learn how Emma Lazarus’ journey inspired her to craft an enduring message on exile, refuge, and the promise of America.

It is a small exhibition and very well done. The visitor learns a lot about Emma Lazarus and her life. What I found specifically interesting and nicely done was the interactive display of her poem on an iPad with a comprise explanation of the allusions and meanings of her poem. Another neat idea is too get a look at the Statue of Liberty in the distance through a kind of peephole that each features three lines of the poem.

The story of the song Hava NAgila:

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People uses engaging imagery, video, music, and imaginative design to tell the little-known history of the wordless melody from Ukraine that became the theme song for Jewish celebrations around the world. The exhibition traces the song’s 100-year journey from Eastern Europe, to communities of early Jewish settlers in Palestine, to the banquet halls of America where it remains a centerpiece of communal memory and popular culture.

I learned a lot even though this exhibition is small too.

Unfortunately I didn't have time to see the rest of the museum and the other exhibitions since the museum closed at 3pm. Check the opening times before you go so yu have enough time to stroll through it. It is definitely worth it.

Also, see that you get one of those little coupon cards that many of the museums and tourist attractions or hotels have. There is one with a $2 discount for this museum so I paid $10 instead of $12.

Visited January 2013
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