The Museum of European Jewish Heritage is a memorial to the Jews and Jewish life which once thrived in more than 23,000 communities across the European continent.
The museum begins with a brief introduction to Judaism, its beliefs, sacred literature, laws and customs. Life cycle events, holidays, synagogues and historical movements are documented with artifacts, photographs and flip books. A model of Rema Synagogue, where Rabbi Moses Isserles, the father of Ashkenazi Jewish law once served, is surrounded by pillars of a bimah, a platform used to read the Torah Bible.
Three imposing floor-to-ceiling murals depict a market place, a wedding and a reproduction from a medieval manuscript Hagadah. Two pictorial programs entitled ‘Shtetl Life,’ show how Jews worked, lived, studied and celebrated in the thousand years Jews lived in Europe before 1939.
A three-dimensional floor model of a shtetl with an audiovisual study of David Horodok, Belarus, allow the visitor to understand the distinct flavor of Jewish life in Europe.
Behind the Hagadah mural is a Yiddish theater, where one is treated to a delightful audiovisual program on Jewish culture culled from the archival footage of the times.
Contributions Jews made to world civilization are referenced throughout, with a special exhibit on Jewish Nobel Prize winners.
In contrast, an entire wall devoted to tracing the history of anti-Semitism which culminated in the destruction of 6,000,000 innocent lives.