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ART21: Mexico City

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Oct 25 - 30, 2016
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David Hansen's Garden…

Oct 25, 2016
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Oct 25 - Nov 27, 2016
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Oct 25 - 25, 2016
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Oct 25 - 30, 2016
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Dean's List

Oct 26 - Dec 28, 2016
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Evenings with Enrique

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
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Happy's Running Club…

Oct 26 - Dec 28, 2016
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Le Meridien New…

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
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Light Up the Night…

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
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"Let Them Eat Cake!"…

Oct 25 - Nov 9, 2016
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The Sanctity of the Home: Ceremonial Objects in Jewish Family Life

Media Contact:

Lenora Costa
(504) 293-4712


The Sanctity of the Home: Ceremonial Objects in Jewish Family Life
Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Exhibit on Display through November 20, 2011

"This landmark exhibit brings to Longue Vue, the former residence of one of America's most distinguished Jewish families, a remarkably diverse and rare collection of traditional ceremonial objects which continue to hold special significance for everyday, Sabbath and Festival observance in the life of every Jewish family wherever they live in the world."

Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, Congregation Temple Sinai

Come to Longue Vue and see extraordinary objects of everyday life within the Jewish home including tzedakah and spice boxes, Kiddush cups, menorahs, Hanukiahs, mezuzahs and more from the private and public collections of the New Orleans Jewish Community.

Some of these exquisite objects include:

Ida Kohlmeyer's Tree of Light, a menorah sculpted in1992; a brass Shabbat Lamp passed down150 years in the Dennery family traveling from Paris to New Orleans; a collection of 39 decorative spice boxes used during Havdalah - the celebration of the conclusion of Shabbat. Intricately decorated, the spice boxes include instruments, a windmill and vases.

There are seven Hanukiahs which are used specifically during the eight days of Hanukkah. History tells us that the Maccabees only had enough oil to keep their lamp lit for one day. However, the light burned for eight full days - this is the miracle of Hanukkah. Also featured in the exhibit are two brass and glass Lion of Judah lamps which symbolize the tribe of Judah and seven Tzedakah boxes.

A mezuzah is a small container that holds a scroll of the Ten Commandments. The Torah commands that a mezuzah is to be hung in every door frame of ones house so as to always be mindful of God's commandments. The collection of 65 Mezuzahs date from 200BC, a Roman vile enclosed in a contemporary sterling silver casing, to contemporary American clay pieces. Each one unique and beautiful in its own way.

Longue Vue House and Gardens is an 8-acre Country Place Era estate comprised of a Classical Revival-style mansion surrounded by eleven different gardens, including an interactive children's garden. The former home of philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern, Longue Vue now serves as an educational and cultural resource. Longue Vue offers tours Tuesday through Sunday and holds events and exhibits that fulfill its mission "to preserve and use the historical and artistic legacy of Longue Vue and its creators to educate and inspire people to pursue beauty and civic responsibility in their lives." Longue Vue, a designated National Historic Landmark, is accredited by the American Association of Museums and included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Longue Vue is located at 7 Bamboo Road in New Orleans. For more information, call (504) 488-5488 or visit our website at <>.