The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 Objects from the Ashmolean Museum

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Published on 10th October 2017 by the Ashmolean
Museum, price £15
(ISBN 9781910807033)

The Jewish Journey tells the 4000 year history of the Jewish people through 22 little-known treasures from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Spanning 14 countries from Ancient Mesopotamia to the modern day, the collection offers a rare insight into the material culture of Jewish life through the ages.

An exciting collaboration between the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee (OJHC) and The Ashmolean Museum, this is the first time a major British national collection has identified and highlighted its Jewish holdings, with 22 objects chosen with special significance for Jewish people.

Weaving together the stories of these fabulous objects, most of which have never been written about before, is award-winning Oxford author and OJHC member, Rebecca Abrams, described by Simon Schama as “‘the model of learned story-teller”. Her groundbreaking book brings Jewish history out of the ghetto of Jewish museums and into the mainstream of one of the greatest and oldest public galleries in the world.

Rebecca will be talking about The Jewish Journey at the OJC, Richmond Road, Oxfordon Sunday 19th November 2017, as part of the OJC’s 175th anniversary celebrations.   

Books can be pre-ordered on Amazon and copies will be available from Oct 10th from the OJC, the Ashmolean Museum, and from all good booksellers.

About OJH

Our aim is to raise the profile of the history of Jews in Oxford from earliest records through to the modern day.

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