The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art (PMJA), located within historic Congregation Rodeph Shalom is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art that illuminates the Jewish experience. Since 1975, the PMJA has organized solo and group exhibitions of work in the broadest range of mediums by artists of diverse backgrounds. In addition to its special-exhibit gallery, the Museum features a permanent collection of important works by accomplished artists, including William Anastasi, Chaim Gross, Tobi Kahn, Joan Snyder, Shelley Spector, Boaz Vaadia and Roman Vishniac.

Click here to see our previous exhibits.

CUrrent exhibit:Jacqueline Nicholls "Counting the Omer,"  2014

Paint by Numbers: May 10 - November 30, 2019

Visiting Hours: Fridays between 5:00-6:00pm. Please feel free to stay for the Shabbat service at 6:00pm. For other times, please schedule at least a week in advance to Candice Nemoff (267-930-7293).

This show comes to the PMJA from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York and was assembled by its curator Laura Kruger.

In the exhibit catalogue, Kruger, writes: "The use of numbers in Jewish rituals, daily life, and belief harks to ancient biblical times. Indeed, the creation of the world is counted in numbers as is the flood of Noah and so much more. Numbers and numerology have been at the core  of biblical understanding since the Bible was first codified and possibly before. In the Hebrew system each alphabetical letter was accorded a numerical value and those numbers carried further symbolic and
spiritual significance."

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