Uncommon Threads: Clothing & Textiles from the YU Museum Collection

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Uncommon Threads: Clothing & Textiles from the YU Museum Collection

Our ancestors used clothing and textiles to beautify their synagogues, their tables and themselves on Shabbat and holidays as well as important lifecycle events. Many of these were preserved and worn or used by several generations. More recently, Jews purchased special clothing and textiles to both to support Israel’s economy and to show their support for Israel by wearing or displaying them in their homes.

Highlights include: a sumptuous 18th century lectern cover embroidered with pearls and gold thread that belonged to a former Chief Rabbi of Izmir; a 19th century dress decorated with metal thread embroidery; and a 1950 custom-made Hattie Carnegie lace wedding gown.

About YUM

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.

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