Forwarding an item I thought might be of general interest. -- Lee Jaffe
Shared History: 1700 Years of Jewish Life in German-speaking Lands: https://sharedhistoryproject.
2021 marks the 1,700 anniversary of the earliest evidence of a Jewish presence in the Roman provinces of the Rhineland (mentioned in a 321 edict of Constantine the Great as preserved in a 6th century manuscript at the Vatican library). The Shared History Project will use 58 objects located in several dozen collections presented chronologically to create a multifaceted historical narrative of the complex coexistence of Jews and non-Jews in German-speaking lands over 1,700 years. Each object will illustrate a facet about Jewish history and everyday life which was and still is deeply interwoven with the peoples, regions, and countries of Central Europe. Each week in 2021, a new object will be released (you can sign up for a weekly reminder), with daily entries during the week of November 10, each object is accompanied by two brief essays & a provenance note, embedded in a time-line, featured on a map, and will also be placed in a virtual exhibition room which will open this week.
Last week, the 14th century Jewish wedding from Colmar was featured, held by the Musée de Cluny in Paris, which was very recently (exactly pre-pandemic ….. sigh, those were the days ) presented at the Cloisters/ Metropolitan Museum as the highlight of the exquisite Colmar Treasure exhibition.
SHP Object 8, released Feb 21, 2021
Throughout the year, events and lectures will accompany the online project.
We would be delighted if you could join and follow this project - and spread the word
Your collegagues at the Leo Baeck Institute New York | Berlin
Director of Collections
Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish History