Choose One

Corona Typewriter Company

ca. 1920 | United States

Yiddish Typewriter

Unknown Artist

ca. 1900 | Yemen

Yemenite Torah Finials (Rimonim)

Mitchell Siporin

1937 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Worker’s Family, from A Gift to Biro-Bidjan

Unknown Artist

20th century | Italy

Wedding Ring

Amar Salih

1921 | Baghdad?

Wedding Cup with Plate and Lid (Kos Kiddush)

unknown maker

1950 | Negev

View of Negba from the Iraqi Fortress

Jewish Welfare Board

1943 | New York, United States

V-Mail New Year Card

Unknown Maker

ca. 1945-1949 | Berchtesgaden, Germany

Toy Horse-Drawn Carriage

Peter Freudenthal

1979-1981 | Sweden

Towards Moriah

8th Floor Asher Library | Currently on view

Rotger Herfurth

mid 18th Century | Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Torah Pointer (Yad)

Jacob Greenvurcel

late 20th century | Jerusalem

Torah Ornaments Set

Unknown Maker

1920 | Ottoman Empire

Torah Mantle

Unknown Maker

1819 | Germany

Torah Binder (Wimpel)

Unknown Maker

Early 20th Century | United States

Torah Ark Decoration

Lionel Kalish

1969 | New York, United States

The Yiddish Lesson

David Bennett

1982 | Germany

The Vision of Ezekiel

Ze'ev Raban; Mordechai Avniel; Hasefer

1923 | Jerusalem

The Song of Songs; Shir-Ha-Shirim

Jacques Emile Edouard Brandon

1897 | France

The Raising of the Law in the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam

Nicole Gordon

2000 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Inward Journey 1

3rd Floor Hallway | Currently on view

Yosl Bergner

1965 | Israel

The Heroic Tailors

David Ben Bekker

after 1934 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Exploiter

Andy Warhol

1980 | United States

Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century (Golda Meir)

Unknown Artist

ca. 1868 | Vilna, Lithuania

Synagogue Place Marker for the Seat of the Vilna Gaon

Morris Topchevsky

1924 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Street Scene, Chicago


ca. 1872-1922 | Brno, Austro-Hungary

Spice Container (Besamim)

Unknown Maker

1927 | Odessa, Ukraine, USSR

Soviet Passport

Maurice Burkhart

1912 | Cleveland, United States

Yiddisha Nightingale

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

1968 | Austria

Slow Travel Under the Sun

Boris Schatz

1902 | Berlin, Germany

Sleeping Jew

Unknown Maker

19th Century | Janina, Ottoman Empire

Silver Esther Scroll Case

Unknown Artist

ca. 1840s | Germany or USA?

Sigmund Waterman Portrait

Unknown Maker

19th Century | Germany


Unknown Maker

1830 | Pritzk, Poland


Yocheved Bat-Miriam

1946 | Unknown Origin

Shirim La-Ghetto (Poems for the Ghetto)

Friedrich Adler

1914 | Germany

Seder Plate

Unknown Maker

18th Century | Eastern Europe

Seal Certifying Kashrut (Kosher)

Unknown Maker

19th Century | Germany

Sabbath Hanging Lamp (Judenstern)


1872-1922 | Pest, Hungary

Reader's Desk Plaque

Unknown Maker

Early 20th Century | Ottoman Empire

Reader's Desk Cover (Mappah)

Unknown Maker

19th or 20th century | Sasów, Eastern Galicia

Prayer Shawl Collar (Atarah)

Unknown Maker

19th Century | Morocco

Prayer Book Case

Yaakov Benor-Kalter

between 1923 and 1940 | Haifa, Palestine

Postcard: Jewish Builders

Resnik Publishing Company

ca. 1920s | Warsaw, Poland


William Auerbach-Levy

1933 | United States

Portrait of a Rabbi

Hebrew Publishing Company

1906 | New York, United States

Pop-up New Year Card

Unknown Maker

1810-1824 | Lemberg, Austro-Hungary

Pidyon Ha-ben Plate

Unknown Maker

ca. 1948-ca. 1953 | Israel

Photograph: From Iraq

Maryan S. Maryan

1971 | United States

Personnage with Hood and Donkey Ears

Carl Gernetl (script and border decoration); Carl Boess the Younger (coat of arms)

1881 | Vienna, Austria

Patent of Nobility

Unknown Maker

1926 | Mexico

Passport and Immigration Document

Unknown Maker

1939 | Prague, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia)


Unknown Maker

Late 19th-Early 20th Century | Austro-Hungary

Passover Seder

Howard Schwartz

2003 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

On Their Way To Shul

Unknown Maker

late 19th century | Palestine

Omer Calendar

Milton Resnick

1957 | United States

Number 66

Unknown Maker

late 19th century | Central Europe?

Noisemaker (Grogger)

Unknown Maker

19th Century | Germany

Noah's Ark

Unknown Maker

ca. 1948-ca. 1953 | Israel

New Citizens

Franz Kaltenmacher

1807 | Moravia

Neoclassical Hanukkah Lamp (Hanukiah)

Robert Oakes Jordan and Herbert Sigurdsson

1963 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Model of Grodno Synagogue

Unknown Artist

Early 20th Century | Germany


Mose Elias Goldstein

1899 | Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Unknown Maker

late 19th century | Egypt

Memorial Light (Yizkor)

Yitzhak Pugacz (obverse) and Dodo Shenhav (reverse)

1964 | Israel

First Immigrant Blockade Runners

Unknown Artist

1864 | Detroit, Michigan, United States

Marriage Contract (Ketubbah)

Al Capp

1956 | New York, United States

Mammy Yokum and the Great Dogpatch Mystery

Adolf Muhlmann

ca. 1887-1890 | Vienna, Austro-Hungary

Love Letter Written in Musical Code

Unknown Artist

ca. 1922 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Logan Square Stained Glass Window

William S. Schwartz

1928 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Lithograph: Portrait of a Rabbi

Unknown Artist

1881 | Germany

Levitical Pitcher

G.M. Szalet

June 1940 | Shanghai, China

Letter from G.M. Szalet

Unknown Maker

20th century | Yemen

Lazam Type Necklace

Unknown Maker

18th Century | Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Unknown Artist

ca. 1898 | France

L'affaire Dreyfus et la Verite (The Dreyfus Affair and the Truth)

Unknown Maker

1939 | Heidelberg, Germany

Kronthal Identification Cards

Unknown Maker

20th century | USA

Kippah; Yarmulke

Unknown Artist

1940s | Japan


Unknown Maker

c. 1924 | Germany

Kiddush Cups; Marriage Cups

IK or AK

after 1872 | Vienna, Austro-Hungary

Kiddush Cup

Unknown Maker

Early 20th Century | Salonica

Kamea and Kofya

Mauricio Lasansky

1976 | Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Kaddish Series

Unknown Artist

early 18th century | Italy

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Unknown Manufacturer

1941 | Germany

Jewish Badge

Unknown Maker

1950 | Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, War Destruction

Unknown Maker

1801 | Padua, Italy

Italian Ketubbah

Boris Schatz

20th century | Austria

Isaac Mayer Wise Memorial Plaque


1868 | Central Europe

Interior of Altneu Synagogue, Prague

David Bennett

1981-1982 | Germany

Illustrations to the Old Testament (Noah and the Dove)

Ken Aptekar

1996 | United States

I am seven years old

2nd Floor Landing | Currently on view

Jakob Steinhardt

1938 | Palestine

History of the Hebrew Alphabet

Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert

1947-1948 | Jerusalem

Havdalah Set

Todros Geller

1928 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Hassidic Dance

J.C. Osthues

Late 19th-Early 20th Century | Muenster, Germany

Hanukkah Lamp with Tray

Unknown Artist

18th Century | Germany or Bohemia

Hanukkah Lamp for the Synagogue (Hanukiah)

Abraham bar Jacob

1712 | Amsterdam

Haggadah shel Pesah

Unknown Maker

ca. 1925 | Poland

Gordonia Badge

Unknown Maker

ca. 1935-ca. 1939 | Unknown Origin

Good Luck Token

Unknown Maker

Early 20th Century | France

Gold Pocket Watch on Chain

Milton Bradley Company

1908 | Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Game of Bible Objects

Ben Shahn

1965 | New York, United States

Frederick Douglass

Issachar Ber Ryback

1934 | France

Folk Dance

Unknown Maker

Early 20th Century | Russia

Fish-Shaped Spice Container

Unknown Maker

late 19th century | Unknown Origin


Charles B. McGarrahan

1940 | New York, United States

Ex Libris


ca. 1900 | Budapest, Austro-Hungary

Etrog Container

Curt Frankenstein

ca. 1970-2000 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Etching Plate: The Optimists versus the Pessimists

Unknown Maker

18th Century | Italy: Ancona or Lugo

Esther Scroll (Megillat Esther)

Yaacov Agam

1974 | Paris, France

End to End

Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg fur die besetzten Gebiete

c. 1939 | Germany

Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) Photograph

Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co.

Early 20th Century | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Dina Halpern’s Theater Trunk


1933 | Hamburg, Germany

Deutschland Erwacht

Unknown Maker

1919 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Delegate's Pin

Unknown Manufacturer

ca. 1920s | USA?

Deck of Jewish Playing Cards

David Tartakover

1978 | Israel

David Ben Gurion

Unknown Maker

1903 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Cornerstone of Chicago Hebrew Institute

Unknown Maker

604-561 BCE | Babylon

Clay Cylinder

Otto & Reynders

late 19th century | USA

Circumcision Set

Adolph Gottlieb

1972 | New York, United States

Chrome Green

Unknown Maker

Early 19th Century | Iran (Persia)

Child's Robe

Unknown Manufacturer

1939 | Germany

Child Identity Card of Erich Grunebaum

Seymour Rosofsky

1970 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Child and Man

Unknown Maker

1913 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Charter Document of the Fastover American Progressive Aid Society

Hebrew Publishing Company

1913 | New York, United States

Songsheet: Chantshe in America

Unknown Artist

1947 | Germany

Caroline’s Dollhouse

Unknown Maker

1872-1922 | Vienna, Austro-Hungary


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schädlingsbekämpfung mbH

1940s | Germany

Can of Zyklon B

Unknown Manufacturer

1907 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Campaign Pin for Adolph J. Sabath

Unknown Artist

1758 | Vienna

Burial Society Comb (Hevra Kaddisha Comb)

Melanie Cahen Levy

Early 20th Century | Germany

Burial Shrouds

Benno Elkan

Early 20th Century | Germany

Bronze Hanukkah Lamp

Fr. Vester & Co.

Early 20th Century | Jerusalem, Palestine

Box with Relief Map of Jerusalem

Marc Chagall

1968 | Paris, France

L’oiseau bleu (The Blue Bird)

Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts

1911 | Jerusalem

Bezalel Writing Set

Zev Raban, Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts

1916 - 1925 | Eretz Yisrael / Israel

Bezalel Ark (Aron)

Unknown Maker

19th Century | Ottoman Empire

Bedspread; Sukkah Curtain; Torah Ark Curtain

Yigael Tumarkin

1973 | Israel

Bar Lev Line

Unknown Artist

1897 | Iraq

Baghdadi Torah Case (Tik)

Rudolph Weisenborn

1959 | Chicago, Illinois, United States


Unknown Manufacturer

Before 1945 | Germany or Poland

Auschwitz Prisoner's Uniform

Unknown Maker

18th-19th century | Iran (Persia)

Arm Bracelets

Laura Cowan

2008 | Israel

Apollo Mezuzah

1st Floor Vestibule | Currently on view

Unknown Artist

1933 - 1945 | Germany

Antisemitic Poster

Auguste-Alexandre Hirsch

late 19th century | France

An Important Lesson

Unknown Maker

19th Century | North Africa

Amuletic Necklace (Kamea)

Unknown Maker

17th century | Unknown Origin

Amulet (Kamea)

Bloch Publishing Company

ca. 1900-1930 | New York, United States

Alphonse Levy


ca. 1827 | Birmingham, England

Alms Container (Tzedakah Box)

Anna Ticho

mid-20th century | Israel

After the War

Unknown Artist

19th Century | Yemen

Adenite Torah Crown (Keter)

Irving Petlin

1989 | USA

Abraham’s Wagon…The Stable in Cairo

Unknown Maker

1992 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Honorary Street Sign

Nicole Gordon

2000 | United States

A Good Place to Begin

3rd Floor Hallway | Currently on view

Vera Klement

1994 | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Plus and Minus