Leon Family Gallery

 All exhibits at the Leon Family Gallery are free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of artwork supports the JCC’s Cultural Arts Department. If you are interested in showing your artwork, please contact Erin Dougherty at 757-321-2341 or edougherty@simonfamilyjcc.org.


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Vintage Jewish Fashion Photography
August 1- August 31, 2017

A Vintage Jewish Fashion Photography exhibit from the collection of Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, and the Bernard H. and Miriam Oster Visual Documentation Center, will be on display in the Leon Family Art Gallery in August.

This photo exhibit of Jewish fashion in the 20th century, represents only a fraction of the museum’s vast collection of more than 400,000 black and white images depicting Jewish history, heritage, and communal life.

The exhibit depicts traditional costumes and other ensembles from Jewish communities throughout Israel, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Showcased are European Jewish school and sports uniforms, festive dress, Israeli labor clothing and a famous Israeli fashion brand.

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This exhibit is part of an initiative by Beit Hatfutsot to offer Jewish institutions and organizations ready-made curated photo displays to reinforce and build worldwide connections. More than a museum, Beit Hatfutsot is dedicated to telling the entire story of the Jewish people, on site in Israel, online, and around the world, through exhibits, innovative technology, and creative programming. The Bernard H. and Miriam Oster Visual Documentation Center is also systematically collecting photographs and films documenting Jewish life, heritage, and history throughout the centuries.

Beit Hatfutsot would appreciate any assistance in acquiring additional materials for their collections. The call is open to contribute historical photographs and films to ensure that memorabilia is available to the public for generations to come. For more information, visit dbs.bh.org.il.