Our Museum is 10 years old!

Dear friends!
On May the 18th, 2021, the Museum of Jewish history in Russia celebrated its 10th anniversary. Today the Museum continues its work in a somewhat abridged format - the pandemic has left its mark. But we persevere. To mark the anniversary and taking advantage of the month's of May richness with important dates and its association with the Victory Day, the Museum has opened an account on the project "Russian history in photographs''. It is a joint project created by Yandex Publishing House on the initiative of Russian Federation's Ministry of Culture, MAMM (Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow) and the Moscow city Department of Culture.
We are just at the beginning of this work, all the pictures are undergoing serious moderation process. However, you already can find the first photos from our extensive military archives on the project's page. Most of these archives were transferred to the Museum by our esteemed donors - the descendants of Jewish WWII veterans.
You can read more about our photo contribution here.
All the photographs from our Museum can be found also under the heading Sources - Institutions and Organizations - Museum of Jewish History in Russia. Soon they will appear in the Exhibitions section too, look out for the news on the Museum's social media and this website.
History always consists of facts; facts on the timeline. A photograph is a mirror of such facts. Here our and with the project missions coincide. We sincerely thank "Russian history in photographs'' for the cooperation!


Items from our collection on loan to the exhibition "The Feast of Freedom: Passover story and tradition" at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

From March, 30th till May, 21st 2021 the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center is hosting an exhibition "The Feast of Freedom: Passover story and tradition" , which presents, besides the pieces the JMTC's own collection, items from our Museum of Jewish History in Russia and from the Gross family private collection.
Passover is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar, it's story, without exaggeration, can be called the most popular story of all times as it is known to almost everyone.
"Installation at the Jewish Museum is an illustrated history of the Passover. It will present artifacts from various cultures: unique Moroccan and Iraqi manuscripts, illustrated German Haggadas of the early XX century, Eastern European artifacts of the Passover feast, contemporary photography, and many others."
The whole exhibition, including items from our collection, is available during the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center opening hours.


"Wandering Stars" - the first exhibition after the onset of the pandemic to which the Museum has loaned exhibits

On the 2nd of March the exhibition "Wandering Stars: Soviet Jewry in Pre-War Art" was opened in the "Na Shabolovka" gallery (a member of the Association for Moscow Exhibition Halls). The Museum of Jewish History in Russia has loaned to this exhibition about 70 original exhibits, as well as some materials to aid the project's audiovisual component.
As a partner in the exhibition our museum was tasked with providing authentic material for creating an accurate atmosphere of the time. Therefore, not only graphic works of Jewish artists were loaned to the exhibition, but also mementos of Jewish everyday life. Many of such objects remained unchanged from the beginning of the 20th century being kept in families and communities until the very mention of the Jewish community, ancestral religion or distinctive national culture has been finally pushed back to the boundaries of the social context. Many ritual objects changed their purpose, turning into household items, some things were simply hidden "until better times". The exhibition is dedicated to the Soviet pre-war decades, when the diversity of Russian Jewish culture was step by step replaced by promulgated casual Soviet uniformity. Being gradually transformed, this culture faded into the shadows.
"The subject of Soviet nation-building is considered to be a territory of propaganda, which was initially enlivened by the experiments of the national avant-gardes. The Jewish avant-garde was one of the brightest among them: its main incarnation was the work of the Artistic Section of the League for Jewish Culture (Kultur-League). After its de facto liquidation in the mid-1920s, the party gradually tightened its control over the outline of the Soviet Jewry's image and related motives, so that by the end of the 1930s and the beginning of the 1940s, the Jewish theme in the USSR was in the shadow of "supranational" politics. combined with anti-religious pathos".


Emerging from the lockdown

To rise from the restrictions linked to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021 was not so easy. Many cultural institutions, especially private ones lacking state funding, felt the weight of quarantineconsequences. This autumn the virus again went on the offensive and restrictions were imposed on almost all  businesses and cultural spacesopen to the public .
For museums hard times came again in mid-December 2020 and lasted until January 22, 2021. Our museum was forced to limit guided activities, but did not shut them down absolutely.  We have been conducting guided tours both during the autumn and now, but so far we offer them only twice a week: on Wednesdays and Sundays. At the same time the museum has been gradually removing limitations on the number of visitors in one group going from 10 to 15 people. Since March 1, 2021, we have reached the "pre-pandemic" number for a group visit to the museum - 15 people simultaneously.
The museum was working during the lockdown and it continues doing it today, while remaining a free museum as for admission and individual self-guided visits as it is for group guided tours. The only restrictions we keep are sanitary measures. As they say, сaution is the parent of safety.