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Lecture Series in the Israel Museum,
December 1995-January 1996
The Center continued its winter tradition of offering the general public a series of lectures focusing on its most recent research in Jewish art.

Mordechai Narkiss Prize Ceremony,
December 24, 1995
This annual ceremony held at the Israel Museum paid tribute to Mordechai Narkiss, founder of the Bezalel National Museum which became the core of the Israel Museum. The recipient of the prize was Center researcher, Dr. Boris Lekar.

Lecture Series in United States,
February-March 1996
Professor Bezalel Narkiss lectured on various aspects of Jewish art in New York, Boston, New Hampshire, and Los Angeles. Among the places where he appeared were Harvard University and Mishkan Tefila Synagogue in Boston, the Friedman Society and the American Friends of Hebrew University’s Presidents Council in New York, and the Los Angeles Collector’s Club.

Jewish Faith, Jewish Life: Jews and Judaism in the City and University of Goettingen,
April- May 1996
The Center for Jewish Art’s documentation of synagogues in Niedersachsen was prominently displayed at the exhibition which was held at the University of Goettingen.  See article.

The Holy Path Will Call You: Pilgrimage in Art and Architecture
The Society for Jewish Art held its 28th annual Passover conference at the Israel Museum with over 300 participants. The conference featured scholars from the Hebrew University, the University of Haifa, the University of Pisa, and experts from the Israel Museum and other institutions. The rich variety of lectures  and tour of the museum examined the pilgrimage from a Jewish perspective, from the First Temple period to modern times, and also its representation inChristian and Moslem art.  Of special interest was the lecture on the Sigd (renewal of the covenant) tradition of the Jews in Ethiopia to symbolically reenact the pilgrimage to the Jerusalem Temple.

Judaica Fair,
May 5-9, 1996
The Center’s 35 publications were on display at this international gathering held every two years in Jerusalem.

Course, Hebrew University Rothberg School for Overseas Students,
Spring 1996
Ruth Jacoby, the Center’s deputy director,  conducted a course on Art and Architecture of  the Synagogue from Antiquity to Modern Times for sixteen students from ten different countries.  In this course they shared  their own personal experiences and different cultural heritage in exploring the development of the synagogue in Jewish communities around the world.  The students visited museums and synagogues in Jerusalem to compare and contrast the artistic and architectural traditions of various Jewish communities in Israel.

Fifth International Seminar on Jewish Art,
June 16-21, 1996
Dedicated to The Real and Ideal Jerusalem in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Art, the seminar was an unprecedented success with 120 lectures, and 450 participants from 24 countries. See article.

Jewish Art Seminar at the St. Petersburg Jewish University,
June-July 1996
The Center held its third intensive seminar on Jewish Art for students, educators and community leaders in Russia. See article.

Lecture Series, England,
July, 1996
Professor Bezalel Narkiss lectured to friends of the Hebrew University on Jewish Identity and Art at the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery and on Preserving Jewish Heritage at the Jewish Museum in London.


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