Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at The Maltz Museum

November 17, 2021

The holidays are almost here and we’ve got five ways for you to celebrate this season from special exhibitions to special gifts. Check out our blog post and don’t forget Israeli Jewelry Designer Rachel Eshkol is in the Museum November 17- 21 for our favorite trunk show!

Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at The Maltz Museum

This season, celebrate the holidays with Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, a Beachwood landmark that offers more ways than one way to treat yourself and others.

Give the gift of membership. This November and December, individual and household memberships are on sale! A great gift for the person or family who appreciates arts and cultural activities and stands for social justice. Help spread the mission to stop the hate in Northeast Ohio and build a community of compassion. Members receive invitations to exclusive events exhibition preview events, special store sales, and free or discounted admission to most programs. Plus, admission to the museum is always free. Individual $35 (regularly $50) & Household $55 (regularly $75). For questions or to purchase, contact Director of Development, Dayan Gross, at or by calling 216.593.0570

Shop the store. The Museum Store is a celebration of Jewish heritage and culture, featuring a wide selection of Judaica and hand-crafted artisan goods from around the globe. Shop for a milestone gift, holiday treasure, or something special for yourself or someone you love. The Museum Store is open during regular hours, but no admission is required to visit. MasterCard, Discover, Visa, and American Express are accepted.

Visit the permanent collection. Visitors to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage can explore our permanent collections during regular hours.

  • An American Story invites guests to step into a world filled with inspiring and moving stories of Jewish immigrants perhaps even their own ancestors and modern-day heroes. By incorporating state-of-the-art computer interactives, film, special effects, individual stories and oral histories, the Museum’s dramatic permanent exhibition is an uplifting experience.
  • One of the crown jewels of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is the light-filled Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery. The Maltz Museum features a rich selection from The Temple Museum of Religious Art’s important collection of art and artifacts. Established on March 1, 1950 by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver in honor of The Temple’s 100th anniversary, The Temple Museum of Religious Art includes ritual objects, sacred books and scrolls and fine art from all over the world. It is the fourth oldest museum of Judaica in the United States.
  • Newly added is an exciting addition of the Interactive Biography of Holocaust Survivor Stanley Bernath. For more than 70 years, Holocaust survivors have recounted their stories to people all over the world, providing invaluable insights that shape and inform perspective. The Maltz Museum has partnered with the USC Shoah Foundation to preserve Holocaust memories through cutting-edge technology, ensuring that Northeast Ohio audiences will always be able to hear a personal and powerful story of survival and ask questions about the past. Stanley Bernath, a local Holocaust survivor, whose story has been memorialized as an interactive biography spoke to thousands of students and adults about his experience as a Holocaust survivor passing away at the age of 92. The Maltz Museum is honored to celebrate his life and legacy in our theater. Drop-in Tours held every Wednesday and Sunday at 2:00pm. No reservations needed – and no extra charge! Simply let the front desk know when you arrive at the Museum that you would like to be part of the tour.

Don’t miss the special exhibition. Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory. is a landmark exhibit that showcases more than 60 never-before-seen personal items brought to America by Survivors of the Holocaust and genocide. Exploring the relationship between objects, their meaning to the original owner and subsequent significance, each artifact is dramatically paired with oversized photographs by renowned documentarian Jim Lommasson with handwritten responses by Survivors or their family members. Though the objects and memories start from very different origins, from Germany to Belgium to Armenia to Syria, common threads bind them all together. These are the threads that bind us all. They are the commonality of an immigrant experience, an American experience. Included with regular museum admission. Purchase tickets online or in-person. Open Wednesday through Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Tune in for Chanukah Hoopla. Young families of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to join us in celebrating the Jewish holiday of Chanukah on Sunday, December 5 at 1:30pm. Experience a new twist on age-old traditions. We’ll light the menorah, sing and dance to our favorite songs, share holiday objects from home, plus write letters to friends and family who have helped create holiday memories we love or to those who would appreciate love this holiday season! Featuring special guests: Candle Lighting by B’nai Jeshurun Congregation’s Rabbi Josh Foster and Julie Sukert, Dance Party by Mr. Chuck, Letter Writing by Love For Our Elders’ Jacob Cramer, and Object Show & Tell by Friends of the Maltz Museum. Free to attend, registration required. Register here

We’re taking a tour of the world and all of its offerings to curate cultural connections aligned with our museum’s mission and values. Join us as we explore exhibits, art, film, literature, lectures and more.

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