Yeshiva University Museum
Part of Town:
Hugh Mesibov’s Book of Job Mural
In 1969, Temple Beth El in Spring Valley commissioned a huge mural illustrating the Biblical account of the suffering and redemption of Job. The Rabbi at the time, Rabbi Frishman, felt that it was important Mesibov use figurative rather than more contemporary forms such as abstract or expressionist art to tell this story. Funding was provided by congregants Jeanne and Warren Levin. The mural was completed in 1972.
Temple Beth El merged with Temple Beth Torah of Upper Nyack in 2016. Temple Beth El was slated to be demolished, and the congregation reached out to YU Museum to provide a home for its mural.
Yeshiva University Museum (YUM) is located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood in the Center for Jewish History (CJH). One of the foremost Jewish research and cultural institutions in the world, CJH is home to five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and Yeshiva University Museum.
The Museum is comprised of four beautiful galleries, an exhibition arcade, an outdoor sculpture garden, a children’s studio workshop and Discovery Center, and a suite of administrative offices. Shared CJH facilities include a 250-seat, handicapped-accessible state-of-the art auditorium, and conference rooms.
YUM’s collection of more than 10,000 artifacts, exhibitions, installations and programs provide a window into Jewish culture around the world and throughout history. We provide visitors of all ages with dynamic interpretations of Jewish life past and present from a multidisciplinary perspective. The Museum’s exhibitions examine Jewish communities, culture, and history and present the work of emerging and established artists who treat Jewish themes and perspectives. Our public programs feature internationally renowned scholars, artists, and performers, and cultural leaders.
School groups across the New York metropolitan region visit YUM to tour our exhibitions and participate in workshops and educational programs. YUM serves as a resource for educators nationwide.
As a resource for scholarly research, Yeshiva University Museum’s exhibitions and programs provide unique opportunities for artists, historians, collectors, and ethnographers to examine, compare, and research objects, ideas, and techniques. We partner with Yeshiva University faculty to provide a wide range of programs open to the public, including conferences, workshops, and lectures. As a teaching Museum, we are committed to providing creative learning opportunities for students, including internships.