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First Jewish Museum in U.S. to Be Opened in N.Y. by Jewish Theological Seminary

May 5, 1947
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The first Jewish Museum in the United States, and probably the largest in the world, will be opened to the public on Thursday, under the auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, it was announced last night by Dr. Louis Finkelstein, president of the seminary, and Dr. Stephen S. Kayser, Curator of the museum. The museum is housed in the former home of Mrs. Felix Warburg, who presented the six story structure in 1944 for this purpose.

The museum will display and promote all forms of artistic expression in the Jewish tradition–painting, sculpture, architecture, music and letters. The central theme of the inaugural exhibition will be “The Giving of the Law and the Ten Commandments.”

Two days of ceremonies will precede the opening to the public on Thursday. The board of directors, board of overseers and faculties of the Seminary, and invited guests will attend a preview of the exhibits on Tuesday evening, May 6. The formal dedication will take place on Wednesday evening, May 7.

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