Inquiry 01

This colorful poster designed by Lionel Kalish offers whimsical cartoons to illustrate the meanings of Yiddish words

One of several "language lesson" posters created during the late 1960s by the American artist Lionel Kalish (b. 1931). Kalish is also notable as a painter and children's book illustrator.

Alphonse Levy’s Scenes of Jewish Life includes 21 picture-plates presenting different episodes from Jewish family life in Alsace, France.

Yocheved Bat-Miriam (1901-1980) was a Russian-Israeli poet.

Kamea and Kofya are amulets from Salonica, Greece. The amulets were meant to be worn in women’ braids or chignon. The common embroidery motifs were ties, branches or eyes. 

This love letter in musical score was written by the famous baritone Adolf Muhlmann (1866-1938) for his future wife.

The Jewish baritone Adolf Muhlmann was born Alter Milman on December 26, 1866, in Kischineff, Moldavia. His first singing lessons came from a Jewish choirmaster.

The Omer Calendar serves to count the days from Passover, which commemorates the Exodus, to Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah.

The Wedding Ring has a wide band of heavily textured silver with a twisted rope design. Individual letters in Hebrew spell “Mazel tov” (Congratulations).

This charming painted wooden ark was created in the Erzgebirge region of Germany, an area famous for its carved wooden toys.

Noah’s arks were a common toy of the late 19th century and were especially used by Christian children for Sabbath play on Sundays.