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BAS Rabbi's Message

Message from Rabbi Daniel Stein

December, 2010

A few weeks ago, Dena and I attended a young friends event at the new Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. We quickly tired of the event itself—there are only so many puff-pastry wrapped hotdogs a person can consume in an evening—and decided to see if we could get a look at the museum itself. It was unclear whether or not we were allowed to enter the exhibits but there were no posted signs or barricades, and, as my father taught me, all they can do is ask you to leave (which, about an hour later, a very nice security guard did). During our short self-guided tour, we discovered a museum that represents the uniqueness and complexity of the American Jewish experience in nuanced and sophisticated ways.

A brief walk around the lobby proves one of the museum's key claims: that the history of Jews in America is rich, diverse, and refuses to conform to simple paradigms. The lobby's exhibit, a kind of Jewish-American hall of fame, manages to convey the many ways that American Jews have contributed to the world. The displays feature significant personal artifacts of Jewish American artists: the visitor is able to see Stephen Spielberg's first home movie camera, Irving Berlin's piano, Leonard Bernstein's batton, Barbara Streisand's tzitzit from Yentl, and, most moving for me, Isaac Beshevis Singer's Yiddish typewriter. The display, though, also highlights the unique ways that American Judaism has transformed an ancient religion in a new land. We see a dollar bill given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe to one of his emissaries to give for charity and a copy of Isaac Meyer Wise's revolutionary American Reform prayer book. The visitor is not asked to privilege one display over another. Instead, they are left to navigate the complexity of the narrative and determine for themselves what exactly constitutes American Judaism.

The Museum itself tells the story of Jews in America beginning with our arrival in colonial times and ending literally this year (we viewed the museum backwards, beginning with the 21st century on the first floor and, as we ascended, saw the displays traveling back in time. We were asked to leave the exhibition and return to our event at the end of the 19th century...). The museum uses interactive educational models to engage the viewer and make them feel as though they are a part of history. So, for instance, on the 19th century floor, guests are asked to stand in models of Ellis Island turnstiles and view the story of one immigrant and are invited to turn cranks and pull levers of a model sweatshop and to read translated reproductions of Yiddish periodicals. On the 20th century floor, the sounds of 1960s political movements fill the air as the guest learns about Jewish participation in the civil rights movement, women's rights movements, and the campaign for Soviet Jewry. They spend time in a model Jewish summer camp cabin and visit the modern décor of a mid-century Jewish-American kitchen. The displays consistently engage intellect and emotion in ways that are, at times, emotionally overwhelming. Several displays literally took my breath away—the pen that Harry Truman used when he recognized the State of Israel comes to mind as one example.

The museum officially opens to the public Thanksgiving weekend, and I strongly encourage you to attend—it appeals to Jews of all backgrounds, and there is really something for everyone. In the next few months, Men's Club will be announcing a bus trip to Philadelphia so that we can experience the museum as a community. I hope that you will consider joining us this spring for the trip.

Dena and I wish you all the best for a relaxing December. We continue to be proud and amazed by the energy at Bnai Abraham—in the few months since we have arrived, we have been delighted by the creative fund-raising efforts and the engaging programs they support. I am especially delighted by the number of people who have stepped forward to sponsor Kiddush. So many people have been working hard to make Bnai Abraham a stronger community; there are too many to name here, but thank you to all of you. You are paving the way for a strong future for our community.

Best wishes for a happy new year,

Daniel Stein




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