Dec 25, 2009

The Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, established in 1948 by a private association to pay homage to a culture that had been destroyed by the Holocaust. Located at 71, rue du Temple, 3d arrondissement, certainly in marais neighborhood. The first collections of this museum comprised religious objects handed back in 1951 by the American Jewish Restitution Organisation, commissioned to redistribute Jewish cultural goods looted by the Nazis. Thank's to Léon Frenkiel, the museum's founder, a collection of documents on European synagogue architecture was built up.

In the early years, acquisitions consisted of European religious objects and sought to represent North African Judaism. The museum's first curator, Marie Chabchay, embarked on building up a narrow but comprehensive collection of graphic works by Russian and German Jewish artists. There followed works by artists from the Paris school, and various gifts. The other core collection comes from the Musée national du Moyen Âge. In 1988, the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme has endeavoured to add to the original collections, focusing on France, the history of the Jews, religious art, ethnography and works by Jewish artists.

When I was there, the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme was organizing a special “gastronomical” tour of its expositions. It's interesting taste and culture.

Station on Paris metro: Châtelet , Châtelet - Les Halles , Hôtel de Ville, Les Halles, Rambuteau