About the Museum of Jewish Civilization
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About the Museum of Jewish Civilization

The Museum of Jewish Civilization was founded in 2003 thanks to a generous gift by Dr. William Sherman of West Hartford and other donors. It was directed by Richard A. Freund, PhD (2003-2007) and is presently directed by Avinoam Patt, PhD of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford.   The Guest Curator is DreAnna Hadash.  The Museum is a teaching museum and its primary goal is to tell the story of Jewish civilization for the general and academic communities of Connecticut through exhibitions coordinated with lectures and coursework in the extensive Judaica offerings of the Greenberg Center.  

The Museum of Jewish Civilization’s William Singer Gallery has featured exhibits highlighting the history of Jewish interactions with Muslims and Christians; the lives of the Jews in Germany, the United States, Latin America, and ancient Israel, Jewish life in Europe after the Holocaust, exhibits on famous Jewish artists Arthur Szyk, Chaim Gross, and others, and now holds the Grae Collection of Jewish Art.

The Museum is located in Mortensen Library, Harry Jack Gray Center, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT.  For docent led tours and Museum hours, please call 860.768.5729 or email mgcjs@hartford.edu.

Director: Avinoam Patt, PhD; Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History