Published On: Wed, Nov 27th, 2013

Lynn Schusterman Donates Her Collection of Judaica to Boston Museum of Fine Art

 

Ms. Schusterman, a supporter of  a variety Jewish causes, has undertaken to transfer her family’s comprehensive collection of Judaica to Boston’s Museum of Fine Art.

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Lynn Schusterman, well known philanthropist  as well as being an avid  art collector, has announced her intention to donate her collection of Judaica to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, Massachusets. As well as her collection, which numbers 119 decorative and ritual objects, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation will also be donating sufficient funds designed to enable the  Museum of Fine Art to  conserve as well as study the works through the development of  school programs to allow the general population of Boston to develop more of an understanding in the ways of Judaism.

According to museum director Malcolm Rogers this foundational gift  will hopefully establish  the city’s Museum of Fine Art as one of the most prominent  encyclopedic art museums in America working towards  building  a  comprehensive collection of Judaica. Currently Boston’s Museum of Fine Art  Judaica collection numbers no more than  a dozen pieces.

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Jonathan Sarna, a leading scholar of American Judaism in his role as a Jewish studies professor at Brandeis University,  will be advising the museum on how to handle the collection. In a statement Sarna stated that displaying Jewish art in a mainstream museum demonstrates that Judaica is part of mainstream art. A large number of pieces that make up the Schusterman collection are scheduled to go on display at the Museum  within the coming days, with one of the most prominent pieces liable to be an elaborately detailed silver Hanukkah lamp, dating back to the beginning of the  20th century, crafted  by Yehia Yemini, a renowned Israeli artist of the period. The basis of the Schusterman Judaica collection are items that were primarily used in home rituals and ceremonies.

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These objects  will be integrated into the museum’s existing galleries to provide visitor’s with a better understanding of practices in Judaism, an outlook that Ms. Schusterman reportedly particularly improves of. In total, the Schusterman collection includes eight pairs of silver Sabbath candlesticks, 31 Hanukkah lamps, 22 spice containers as well as various items of sculpture, paintings as well as hand  works on paper and  textiles.

 

 

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Lynn Schusterman was born In Kansas City, Missouri and  raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ms. Schusterman is a  graduate of the University of Miami. The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN) is a global enterprise that takes in the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Schusterman Foundation-Israel, ROI Community and REALITY, focused on the global Jewish community, Israel and her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since  2011, Lynn Schusterman  has been a participant in the Giving Pledge- a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.

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