Obermayer Collection of Jewish Ritual Art

The Leon J. and Julia S. Obermayer Collection of Jewish Ritual Art is showcased in the Thalheimer Lobby at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. More than 500 works of Jewish ceremonial art were given to Rodeph Shalom by the Obermayers in 1985. The collection demonstrates the unique relationship between the Jews' quest for beauty in articles used in religious rites and art of the countries in which they lived.

The objects are grouped according to the particular life cycle, event, or holiday they illustrate and originate from the seventeenth century through the twentieth century.

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a) Scroll of Esther (Germany, 1840)
b) Alms Boxes (left) Late 19th century Hungary; right Moshe Zahai, New York, 1963
c) Miniature Torah & mantle (19th century, Italy)