25.11.2020 - online

Bygone wedding customs in Jewish art

fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

What can images and objects teach about the Jewish wedding in the past? Was it celebrated in the manner known to us today? When, why, and how did changes occur? How major were the differences between the leading Jewish communities in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern period?

  • 25 November, 6PM CET
  • Broadcast live on POLIN Museum YouTube channel
  • Lecture in English with Polish translation
  • The lecture will be moderated by professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.

First on-line event from our Distinguished Lectures series: eminent international scholars of Jewish history and culture addressing a wealth of topics.

This lecture will explore the dynamics of the Jewish wedding as a central event in the Jewish life cycle through the prism of art, visual materials, and extant objects in museums and private collections. Emphasis will be placed on bygone rituals and ceremonies, and the measures taken to protect the bride and the bridegroom at this tense moment of transition in their life. Our journey will be chronological and geographical with examples spanning from the Medieval Germany to the Renaissance Italy.

Prof. Shalom Sabar lectures in the Departments of Jewish and Comparative Folklore and Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published over 200 books and articles in these fields. At the same time, he collects Jewish art objects and Israeli ephemera and lectures and guides tours to Jewish sites in Europe, North Africa, India and Central Asia.

Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett: Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Researcher, author of many publications in the area of Jewish studies. Professor emerita of Performance Studies at the New York University. The winner of the Foundation for Jewish Culture award and The Mlotek Prize for Yiddish and Yiddish Culture. Member of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Jewish Museum in Vienna, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre in Moscow.


The lecture is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program

This program was made possible thanks to Taube Philanthropies, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland

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