De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
17 December 2011 – 15 April 2012
Gravenstraat 17, Binnenstad, Amsterdam
+31 20 6386909


With more than five hundred objects on display, this exhibition tells the fascinating story of three thousand years of Jewish religion, culture, art and history, the chronicle of a world religion that takes diverse international forms but has always held onto its identity. Highlights include a first-century Dead Sea Scroll from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (with reservation), the oldest complete Torah scroll, originally from Erfurt and now at the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, valuable manuscripts, a painting by Chagall from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Alefbet Tapestry by the contemporary Russian-American artist Grisha Bruskin.

Since the earliest days of Judaism, there have been Jewish stories. Through the centuries, tales, parables, legends, and songs helped to keep the tradition alive and in touch with the times. Like any other religion, Judaism tries to answer questions about life's origins, significance, and purpose. There is more than we imagine in heaven and earth, but what, exactly? What secrets lie hidden within Creation? What is the meaning of life?

Each exhibit, whether a manuscript, a ceremonial object, a painting, or a model, is presented as a rare and precious jewel.