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Museum and Gallery
Temple’s Aron Museum
On May 22, 1953 the late Anna and Josef Aron, presented Temple with a showcase and the following five Jewish ceremonial art objects:
- Silver Chanukah menorah from the Rothschild family collection from Frankfurt, Germany, late 19th century
- Silver Passover Seder tray from Vienna, Austria, 1866
- Silver double circumcision cup, inscribed "Cup of Mezizah", from Germany, 19th century
- Two silver amulets with Kabbalistic inscriptions in Aramaic relating to childbirth and blessings for the health of mother and child, to ward off the Evil Eye, spirits and disease; from Kurdistan, 19th century.
Thanks to continued support from the Aron Legacy, the generosity of the Maurice Pollack Family Foundation, the Violet Bercovitch Fund, and other Temple supporters, the Museum is now home to one of the most important collections of Judaica in Canada, containing over 300 outstanding examples of ceremonial art from around the world, including:
- Parchment of Megillat Esther from Istanbul
- Shofars from Yemen
- Silver shiviti from Bessarabia
- Passover haggadah published in Amsterdam (1794)
- Two Roman style glass vials from the 4th century C.E., discovered in Judea by General (and amateur archaeologist) Moshe Dayan
You are welcome to view our impressive collection of precious artefacts any Friday evening from 7:45 to 8:15 PM, right before our Erev Shabbat services, or by appointment. For further information, please call the Temple office at 514.937.3575, ext.230.
Shoah Memorial Gallery
Opened on April 29, 2011, our Holocaust Memorial exhibition features works by Canadian artists Marcel Braitstein, Sorel Cohen, Georges Dyens, Angela Grossmann, Marie-Jeanne Musiol and Marion Wagschal. Some of these works were originally shown in two previous exhibitions, “Afterimage” at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, spring 2000, and “Memories and Testimonies” at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, spring 2002. This exhibition is sponsored by the Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom Art Committee.