Four CAJM Museums
Jewish Museum of Florida
The Museum is housed in two adjacent former synagogue buildings, an Art Deco structure from 1936 and its 1929 neighbor. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and have been lovingly restored. In 2008 the buildings were connected via a skylighted cafe (Bessie's Bistro).
The Museum evolved from a grassroots statewide project meant to retrieve material evidence of the 300-year Jewish experience in Florida for a traveling exhibition. Its Collections & Research Center has subsequently grown from6,000 items in 1992 to more than 100,000 items. Local artifacts include a Hebrew-houred pocket watch that belonged to the first known Jewish boy born in the State, and a plate kashered in the Gulf o Mexico, demonstrating continuity of traditions. The JMF presents its own and traveling exhibits; sponsors cultural and educational programs; communicates Jewish history, art, culture and values to Jews and non-Jews; and is a place where Jews of all ages and stripes can discover and reaffirm heritage.
The Jewish Museum of Maryland
This leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community interprets the Jewish experience in America, with special attention to Jewish life in the state of Maryland. The Museum was founded in 1960 to rescue and restore the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue, and has become a cultural center for the Jewish community and others interested in Jewish history and traditions. The Museum campus includes the historic Lloyd Street and B'nai Israel Synagogues and a modern museum building with changing exhibition galleries, program areas, a research library, museum shop, and meeting rooms. Through collections, sites, programs and engaging, informative exhibitions that combine art, rare objects, historical photographs, oral histories, videos and hands-on activites, the Museum encourages discourse about Jewish life in Maryland and beyond.
The Temple Museum of Religious Art
One of the oldest museums of Judaica in the United States, the Temple Museum of Religious Art exhibits its collection, traveling works and contemporary art at three distinct locations: in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland; The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, Ohio; and the original 1924 Temple building at University Circle. features a 1900-seat sanctuary under a gold dome and the beautiful Gries Memorial Chapel, with distinctive stained glass windows by Arthur Szyk depicting Gideon, Samson and Judah Maccabee. The museum collection, recognized as one of the top three synagogue museums in North America, was founded in 1950 by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver as part of the 100th anniversary celebration for The Temple-Tifereth Israel. It includes ceremonial objects, art, antiquities, the Abba Hillel Silver archives, an Israel stamp collection, archaeological replices from the Israel Museum, and Holocaust Wall Hangings by artist Judith Weinshall Liberman.
Zimmer Children's Museum
Located on Museum Row in Los Angeles, the Zimmer promotes values that help make a better society through interactive learning, creative self-expression and art experiences for children and families. Here children and parents can play with a giant tzedakah pinball machine; tuck notes into a replica Western Wall (Kotel); learn about helping others in a Magen David Adom ambulance; splash and explore at Water, Mayim, Agua while coming to understand the importance of water in our environment; or compose their own original music at Music Island, Year-round classes for toddlers and parents introduce BIG IDEAS to the youngest child. School tours for pre-kindergarten through second grade classes support curriculum; and customized programming offered jointly with other organizations meets the needs of children with severe special needs. For youth ages 9-18, the youTHink division conducts arts education programs in school and community settings; and each year Show&tell is a major exhibit featuring works of art by numerous artists on a particular theme.