Upon Thy Gates: The Winik Mezuzah Collection Exhibit
The Museum at Eldridge Street is proud to present an exciting new exhibition, Upon Thy Gates: The Elaine K. and Norman Winik Mezuzah Collection, from the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in Portland.
Curated by Kenneth Helphand, the exhibition presents 73 mezuzahs collected by the Winiks that represent a wide range of styles, materials, and Jewish symbols. The mezuzahs were created in places all over the world, including Israel, the United States, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Iran, Italy, Morocco, Poland, and Yemen and date from the late 18th to the 21st century.
A mezuzah (from the Hebrew word for doorpost) is a handwritten scroll containing a prayer which is placed inside a decorative case and affixed to a doorpost in the home. Among the oldest of Jewish traditions, mezuzahs are often associated with the concept of protection, and serve as a constant reminder of G-d and a symbol of one’s Jewish identity. This tradition and the title of the exhibition come from a mandate in the Torah to “love the Lord your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Take to heart these instructions…and inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Upon Thy Gates: The Elaine K. and Norman Winik Mezuzah Collection will be on view through April 23, 2023, in the Michael Weinstein Gallery at The Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York. For more information, call 212-219-0888.
“Upon Thy Gates” was produced by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education with generous support by the Andy Fund, established in loving memory of Andrea M. Bronfman by her children. Mounting of the show and related programs at the Museum at Eldridge Street are made possible, in part, by the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.