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Museum of Religious Art

The Temple-Tifereth Israel
Sue Koletsky
Dorector of The Temple Museum of Religious Art

With three distinct locations The Temple Museum of Religious Art exhibits its collection at The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the landmark The Temple-Tifereth Israel at University Circle, and The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. 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 is one of the oldest museums of Judaica in the United States.


The Temple, University Circle

Opened in 1950 and housed at The Temple, University Circle, The Temple Museum of Religious Art has one of the country¹s most comprehensive collections of Judaica and Jewish art.  This nationally renowned museum encompasses more than 1000 pieces. Because it is a  "living" museum, objects from the collection are frequently used in The Temple¹s worship services, education programs, holiday observances, and life cycle events.  The museum offers people of all faiths the opportunity to become more acquainted with Jewish customs and rituals. It is open for tours by appointment.  


Hanauer-Myers Memorial Gallery 

The new state-of-the-art Hanauer-Myers Memorial Gallery is located in the hall adjacent to the Gries Memorial Chapel. The gallery serves as a permanent exhibit space for the Holocaust Wall Hangings and the Biblical History Wall Hangings by artist, Judith Weinshall Liberman.


The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage joins an elite group of world-class institutions as a living testament to the courage, conviction, aspiration and achievements of Cleveland's Jewish community. The stories of individuals and families - past and present - come to life through state-of-the-art exhibitions, interactives and films, oral histories, photographs and artifacts.

One of the crown jewels of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is the light-filled Temple - Tifereth Israel Gallery. The Maltz Museum features a rich selection from The Temple Museum of Religious Art's important collection of art and artifacts.

Established on March 1, 1950 by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver in honor of The Temple's 100th anniversary, The Temple Museum of Religious Art includes ritual objects, sacred books and scrolls and fine art from all over the world. It is the fourth oldest museum of Judaica in the United States. 

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