Hebrew Union College Beneficiary Of Art Collection

May 19, 2015

Over the next few weeks and months the staff at Hebrew Union College's Skirball Museum will be unboxing its newly acquired art collection. It contains 1,500 items including Rembrandt etchings, baseball memorabilia, and contemporary Israeli silver jewelry.

Master silversmith Franz Anton Gutwein designed this gilded silver Torah breastplate in Augsberg, Germany, an important center for Jewish liturgical art, in 1801.
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The art was a gift from B'nai B'rith International, whose Washington, D.C. museum closed in the early 2000s. The organization said the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Skirball Museum was "an optimal partner to showcase this distinctive collection."

Many of the items originally came from the collection of a Cleveland man, Joseph Horvitz, who owned a steel company.

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Eventually Skirball Museum Director Abby Schwartz would like to digitize the collection so more people can see it.