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The exquisite artifacts of community and ceremonial life that make up the Bernard Museum’s permanent collection offer a vivid perspective on the diversity of Jewish culture through the ages. Visit the museum to browse our galleries and special exhibitions, or book a docent-led tour.

Museum Information

We are thrilled to announce that Temple Emanu-El’s Bernard Museum of Judaica will be re-opening for a limited time from Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 30.

Please note, the museum will ONLY be open to Temple members for exclusive guided tours with social distancing for up to four people at a time. Tours will take place Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM and 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Please email our museum curator, , directly to request a tour. The Hello Gorgeous exhibition will still be available to view, and the tour will include a limited edition Hello Gorgeous mask! All visitors must comply with temperature checks upon entry at One East 65th Street.

Temple Archives

In conjunction with the Bernard Museum, the Temple Emanu-El Archives catalogs and preserves documents, papers, minutes and memorabilia related to the history of the congregation and its members.

Archived items are available for scholarly use only, by appointment only. At this time the archives are not available for genealogical research.

Appointments and inquiries may be scheduled by calling (212) 744-1400, ext. 259 or by contacting the museum curator.

Current Exhibition

With full-blown Brooklyn moxie, the young singer dismissed as too Jewish, too plain and too obstinate upended the celebrity pantheon by refusing to let anyone rain on her parade.

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Our Judaica Collection

With pieces dating back to the 14th century, Bernard’s permanent collection features ritual and household objects both precious and humble, along with memorabilia from diverse Jewish cultures and eras.