The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Wise at Night
September 15, 2016

Wise at Night

A one off evening of culture and creativity 
September 15, 7 pm - 11 pm, Free

Wise at Night is back with a rich and varied program, inspired by the exhibition Wire(less) Connections. The Museum's curators and top lecturers present short talks on different and unusual connections: historical, social, scientific, and more.
Wise at Night
Poets discuss literature, art, and social protest in the Museum galleries; guided tours wind their way around the exhibitions; musical and dance performances interpret the various links and ties.

As always, the public is invited to draw on his or her personal creativity in the most inspiring of all spaces.

September 15 | 7 pm - 11 pm
Admission free. Courtesy of "Art Days", Israel National Lottery
Space is limited

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Wise at Night
Torah crown with vignettes featuring musical instruments  Venice, Italy, 1730–40

Torah crown with vignettes featuring musical instruments 
Venice, Italy, 1730–40



In 1516, the world's first institutionalized ghetto was established by decree in Venice. Within the segregated confines of a tiny neighborhood, the Republic of Venice (known as La Serenissima) enabled the Jewish minority to settle permanently in the Venetian Lagoon for the first time in history. The district was named Ghetto – a term which was eventually applied to all enclosed Jewish neighborhoods throughout the Christian world.

"For all of its restrictions, the ghetto paradoxically enabled the flourishing of spiritual, cultural, and artistic richness," says Gioia Perugia-Sztulman, curator of Venetian Splendor: Marking 500 Years of the Venice Ghetto. "Once established, the Ghetto drew a diverse variety of Jewish ethnic groups – German, Italian, Spanish, and Levantine – each with its own distinct place of worship. Great efforts were devoted to beautifying their synagogues and adorning them with lavish ceremonial objects that embodied a distinctive Venetian taste."

A selection of these ritual objects will be on display in the Israel Museum Synagogue Route. Among them: an ancient Torah ark curtain from 1601 bearing the Priestly Benediction, a Torah crown with vignettes featuring musical instruments and silver utensils: Torah crowns, Torah shields and finials. "Eighteenth century ritual objects were designed in a typical Venetian style: very sculptural, heavily ornate with gold and silver," says Perugia-Sztulman. They show how for all of the restrictions, the Jews of the ghetto maintained a flourishing of spiritual, cultural, and artistic richness, preserving a strong Jewish identity alongside a prolific cultural exchange with the surrounding Christian community."

This special display – marking 500 years since the establishment of the Venice Ghetto – enhances the Italian representation in our Synagogue Route with Venetian ceremonial objects from our Museum's own collections, providing a fitting complement to our synagogue from Vittorio Veneto, a town close to Venice. Together, the display and synagogue reflect the cultural environment of Venetian places of worship, capturing their age-old essence and majesty.

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New Year plate. Replica

New Year plate. Replica


Now in the Museum Shops: special gifts at special prices

30% off on all the original objects | 10% off on household utensils. Double discount for members!

Only in the Museum shops can you purchase gifts that have a story: a selection of specially produced objects inspired by the rich Museum permanent collection and its temporary exhibitions.

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Gallery Talks

Tues 20.9 7 pm
Pablo Picasso: Drawing Inspiration
with exhibition
curator Tanya Sirakovich

Wed 21.9 12 pm
Wire(less) Connections
with exhibition curator
Daniella Shalev

Wed 27.9 7 pm
A Mummy in Jerusalem with exhibition curator Galit Bennett-Dahan*

Wed 28.9 12 pm
Pablo Picasso: Drawing Inspiration
with exhibition
curator Tanya Sirakovich

Wed 28.9 - at Ticho House
Photography and Beyond
with Asaf Elkalai, Maayan Boni, Nirit Takele, Hadar Saifan, Liat Cohen, and Michael Liani

*Register in advance at tel. 677-1302

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