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Radiant Practices: Illuminating Jewish Traditions

Dec 7, 2023–Apr 28, 2024

Radiant Practices: Illuminating Jewish Traditions traces the foundational role of light in Jewish life and ritual, both historically and today. Journey through a collection of Jewish ritual objects, from menorahs to memorial candles, that offer insights into practices that draw on light to uplift Jewish holidays, lifecycle moments, and spiritual spaces. Presented in The CJM’s Stephen and Maribelle Leavitt Yud gallery, the exhibition brings new meaning to the presence of natural light within this symbolically rich gallery while offering new reflections on the forms of light that illuminate Jewish ritual.


This exhibition is included in your general admission ticket. Become a Member to receive free admission. All visitors are required to book their timed tickets online in advance to facilitate a contactless visit to The Museum.


Click below to listen to audio recordings from Jay Blakesberg about the stories behind some of the photographs on view. These recordings are also accessible through QR codes in the gallery.

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Meryl Pataky, Invocation Through Fabrication, 2018. Photo: Brock Brake.

Image Credits

Header image: Hanukkah and Sabbath lamp, c. 1875. The Peachy and Mark Levy Family Judaica Collection, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

Funding for Radiant Practices: Illuminating Jewish Traditions is generously provided by Grants for the Arts and Anita Wornick. Additional support is provided by the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. In-kind support is graciously provided by Loquat Bakery.