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New Judaica Exhibition Opens

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​Jewish ceremonial art or Judaica as it is known has always played a central role in Jewish homes across the globe. Nowadays collectors flock to Israel from far and wide in search of special Jewish artefacts like silver Kiddush goblets and Chanukah candelabras. Judaica collectors and tourists will be happy to hear that The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum in Israel's Ramat Gan diamond is hosting a special silver Judaica exhibition entitled chains of silver which will be open to the public throughout April and May 2012. 

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​The exhibition features more than 70 magnificent silver pieces, created by the Israeli artists Mauriciu Samuel and Itzhak Luvaton. Some of the items are based on traditional designs and include ritual wine cups, spice boxes, mezuzot and Hanukkah lamps. Others are intricate silver sculptures of everyday objects – a Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar, a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, a bicycle, an airplane, the solar system, a ferris wheel – which have hidden within them ritual objects such as Shabbat candle holders, wine cups, Torah pointer, miniature books of Psalms, or Chanukah spinning tops. These objects are at once faithful miniature replicas produced in a precious metal and at the same time functional ritual objects for Jewish religious observance. 

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​Mauriciu Samuel is the third generation of a family of silversmiths. Born in Romania, he trained professionally with his father, Meister Leo Samuel and master artists in Israel. Itzhak Luvaton was born in Israel. He began as a jewellery maker and designer and completed his training at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Both studied etching under Yasha Ben-Zion and have since become artistic partners in the field of Judaica. Their works are found among the most prominent Judaica collections, at museums and galleries, and in synagogues around the world.

The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum, showcases the achievements of Israel’s diamond industry, and enables the visitor to follow the diamond on its fascinating journey from the depths of the earth to the heart of human being. Located in the heart of the diamond complex, it is a cultural and educational centre that attracts thousands of visitors every year.  The permanent exhibition combines artefacts, displays and information presented on graphic panels, and uses video segments to enhance the experience of the visitor. The museum also has a new and improved space for temporary exhibitions. 

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​The chains of silver exhibition will be open on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 10 am till 4pm and on Tuesday from 10am till 6pm.

 

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