Jerusalem Rebuilt: Moses Kerngood’s Model of the Old City

This exhibition features an intricately designed late 19th-century Model of the Old City of Jerusalem. Based on new research, the model is attributed for the first time to Moses Kerngood, a non-professional model maker who created this elaborate, multi-media model in his spare time while working in the textile business in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1880s or 1890s. The Model of the Old City recently underwent an extensive conservation treatment through which it can properly be appreciated for the first time since its creation. Complemented by two other historic models from the Museum’s collection, this installation presents different methods of modeling holy sites, and invites us to reflect on how important places from Jewish history have been re-imagined and rebuilt – sometimes in very unexpected ways.

Exhibit Closed

This exhibit closed on
Sunday, October 7, 2018

Also on Display

The 1938 Projekt: Posts from the Past presented by the Leo Baeck Institute
Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War presented by Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum
The Door Slams Shut: Jews and Immigration in the Face of American Reaction presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Nosotros: Strengthening Bonds between Jewish and Latino Communities presented by the American Sephardi Federation
Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy presented by the Yeshiva University Museum
Rewind: Voices of the Past Advising the Future presented by the American Jewish Historical Society