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Jewish History Museum
The Jewish History Museum's mission is twofold: to teach visitors about Jewish heritage in the American Southwest and to preserve the site of Arizona's first synagogue. Visitors are invited to examine carefully curated exhibits inside this historical building.
Eye Catcher: Through photos and stories, the Holocaust History Center honors the lives of survivors.
Significant Artifacts: Among the prized artifacts is a pocket watch whose face is inscribed with Hebrew, a gift to Jewish soldiers during World War I. Also on display is an 1897 Mexican coin that was found in the synagogue's cornerstone.
Don't Miss: Every January, the museum hosts an exhibit of ornate Ketubah and lavish vintage wedding dresses. One dress features beadwork so intricate that it weighs 42 pounds.
Past Exhibits: Skullcaps and Shul Hats displayed collections of head coverings that included intricately designed shul hats and carefully woven yarmulkes from Afghanistan.
The Building: Built in 1910 as a synagogue, it fell into disrepair after the congregation outgrew it; it was opened as a museum in 2008 and is today recognized as the first synagogue in Arizona.
From the Press: "The museum specializes in found objects—amazing stuff that somehow made its way out of owners’ hands and into this house of treasures." — Zocalo
Leave Your Mark: In keeping with the Jewish tradition of placing stones at grave sites as a sign of permanence, visitors are invited to leave one in the Holocaust Center as a tribute to the survivors.