7. September 9 – December 14, 2001
DELIVERING THE GOODS
Cosponsored by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives
DESCRIPTION: In the fall of 1999 the Temple Judea Museum mounted, SEASONS OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT: Patterns and Passages of Jewish Life, an exhibition exploration of rituals, customs, and ceremonies of the Jewish Life Cycle. Once the exhibition was over, follow-up analysis led to a number of questions all based upon this one fact: The rituals of the Jewish life cycle require special foods, objects, clothing, professional expertise, etc., and, therefore, in order for these ceremonies and rituals to be observed, a supporting community of merchants, musicians, educators, ritual institutions, and the like, is necessary. This exhibition was a result of that analysis. It was a joyous look at the riches of Philadelphia Jewish life.