Thursday, March 28, 2013

Two Very Different Jerusalem Museums

About a month ago, I went to the Israel Museum with a friend.  I try to get there every couple of months, because there's always something new.  It's a large museum, at least by Israeli standards and is ranked among the best in the world.  The Archeology and Judaica departments are amazing, and it also has lots of classic, impressionist and modern art from all over the world.  It has been recently renovated and enlarged.  Here are a few pictures I took at that recent visit:


Yesterday I visited a much smaller more intimate museum Conegliano Veneto Synagogue and The  Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art, 27 Hillel  Street.  It's in downtown Jerusalem, barely a block from the Ben-Yehuda Midrachov and the popular Mamilla Mall.  It's easy to get there by public transportation, both bus or train, and there is parking not far for those who come by car.
The outstanding highlight of the Museum is the synagogue, which is now used by Italian Jews in Jerusalem: it was originally the synagogue of Conegliano Veneto, a village located between Padua and Venice.

We met relatives in Jerusalem and wanted something a bit different to do on Passover.  When our kids were little, we'd visit each other for a meal, but now the kids are grown up and do their "own things."  The Italian Synagogue seemed like the perfect place to visit, because it combines Jewish History, art and convenience.


Lorri said...

What wonderful captures of the museum, its interior and art. I like the lighting within the photos.

Batya said...

Lorri, thanks. In the Israel Museum you can take pictures sans flash, and I love the effect.