After reading “Curator says Jewish museums should take ‘theatrical’ approach” (July 6), I was prompted to write.
For more than 30 years I was the curator (caretaker) of the museum at Temple Sharey Tefilo in South Orange, now Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel. Since our renovation a few years ago, we no longer have a dedicated museum space. We do, however, have many of our museum pieces in lovely glass showcases in our temple lobby, where numerous museum articles are lovingly displayed.
Without being “theatrical,” I occasionally conducted tours of our museum for members and guests of our Sisterhood (now Women’s Connection). This was followed by a tour of our sanctuary, where I described our stained-glass windows as well as several bronze sculptures prominently displayed. I was always so pleased at the welcoming and appreciative response from the visitors on these tours, and how very proud I was talking about the beautiful items of Judaica in our Helen Broder Museum.
One does not need to be affiliated to enjoy spending time admiring beautiful works of Jewish art and I am truly grateful for the years I spent with so many interested viewers.
Mimi S. Braun