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It's something new everyday for employees of the Skirball Museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College as they unbox 1,500 to 3,000 ancient and modern art pieces donated by the now closed B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C.

The collection acquired in May, 2015 is more than quadrupling the size of the museum's holdings, making it one of the largest and most important Jewish museums in the Midwest.

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA), located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, was established in 1947 to collect, preserve, and make available for research, materials on the history of Jews and Jewish communities in the Western Hemisphere. Today, the AJA is the world’'s largest free-standing research center dedicated solely to the study of the American Jewish experience.

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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.

Dr. Gary Zola, executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion here in Cincinnati, joins our Anne Arenstein to discuss the new book he edited, We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History.

The Skirball Museum at Cincinnati’s Hebrew Union College celebrates the work of three important Cincinnati photographers – Daniel Ransohoff, George Rosenthal and Ben Rosen in their FotoFocus exhibit, Documenting Cincinnati’s Neighborhoods, running through December 21. Museum Director Abby Schwartz joins our Anne Arenstein with details of the exhibit and the importance of these historic photos.

Abby Schwartz, the interim director of The Skirball Museum at Cincinnati’s Hebrew Union College, joins our Anne Arenstein to talk about the current exhibit, The Boris Schatz Collection, an impressive display of bronze and wood reliefs, ivories, oils and sepia paintings by Boris Schatz (1867-1932), the noted artist and founder of the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts.

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They're some of the most important historical documents ever discovered and now they're here in Cincinnati.

The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens Friday, November 16th at the Museum Center.

It features more than 600 objects ranging from pottery to the scrolls themselves.

Uzi Dahari is deputy director of archaeology with the Israel Antiquity Authority.