The Gaelen Gallery East at the JCC MetroWest in West Orange has featured the “Synagogues of Newark” exhibit twice, first in 2019 and again in 2021. Phil Yourish was the exhibit curator, Linda Forgosh was a research assistant. Lisa Suss, the Gaelen Gallery director, decided to do a rare repeat of an exhibit that continues to resonate with members of the Greater MetroWest community whose synagogues have roots in Newark.
As one visitor noted in the guest register: “Earlier today I had the pleasure of viewing the Synagogue exhibit at the JCC. It was fascinating and informative and really well presented. The photos brought back memories of my grandfather and my early childhood in Newark. Until I saw your display, I never knew the history of the synagogues of my childhood. Thank you so much for presenting this exhibit.”
The exhibit, which now is housed at the archives of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater MetroWest in Whippany, was designed for travel; it’s ideal for local synagogues and other Jewish institutions. Talk to Phil Yourish and the Jewish Museum of New Jersey about displaying the exhibit; email him at email@example.com. Write to the Jewish Historical Society of Greater MetroWest to learn about its extensive synagogue collections.