Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
610 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
312.322.1700The Spertus Institute is located at 618 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois - directly across from Grant Park and near Chicago's Museum Campus. Spertus invites visitors to encounter the realm of Jewish history, religion, art and culture through its exhibitions and programs. The Spertus Museum houses a collection of over 10,000 objects, artifacts and works of art spanning 3,500 years of Jewish history and features permanent and temporary exhibits. The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Discovery Second to Only The Dead Sea ScrollsThe 19th century discovery of a synagogue vault stacked high with dust-caked, discarded writings from the 9th Century C.E., put to paper by ordinary individuals as well as some of Judaism's most illustrious figures - continues to cause the greatest stir amongst religious historians outside of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
A Gateway to Medieval Mediterranean Life ExhibitThis exhibit of the
The Geniza fragments refer to a time of relative tolerance and peaceful co-existence amongst people whose identities were largely defined by their religious affiliation. The people of the Geniza composed their documents in a variety of languages including Hebrew, Arabic, Judeo-Arabic, as well as Aramaic. They offer fascinating and often intimate details of people's everyday lives, such as a wife's appeal to her husband to return home from a long journey; a teacher's
Renovations of The Ben Ezra SynagogueThe Synagogues Jewish community dispersed with the passing of nearly a millennium, and the Synagogue was abandoned and left to decompose with time. Anwar Sadat, the former Egyptian President, did major restoration on
Hebrew Paper of 15th Century EgyptFragment No. T-s 13J21.10 - Letter from a wife asking her husband to return home: This woman is clearly not pleased with her husband's long absence on a business trip and insists that he abandon any plans he might have for travelling to Turkey, and return home to his wife, daughters and son-in-law. She also advises him that his tax problems may be solved if he elicits the help of the physician, R. Solomon. "...implore you from the bottom of our hearts not to go further, either by sea or by land, because we have heard that you have the intention of leaving for Turkey. I swear to the Lord that, if you do this, you must not speak with us any more; and if you do this, which will make the world despise us and cause a quarrel between your son-in-law and your daughter, who is pregnant, you will inflict pain upon your daughter and perhaps she will suffer a miscarriage..."
Spertus Museum LocationThe Spertus Museum, located at 618 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, is open Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7p.m. (closes at 5 p.m. in January and February); Friday 10 a.m. - 3p.m.; closed Saturday.
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