On Display Now:
 Gallery Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-3 and by appointment



Love & Marriage: The Cultural Evolution of Jewish Weddings 1912-2016

A Collaborative Presentation by the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center and the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum

122 E. Culver St.  Phoenix, AZ 85004

Suggestion Admission: $5

 Contact jschesnol@azjhs.org for more information or to arrange a tour

People of all faiths welcome!

Please join us in honoring the importance of customs of courtship, customs and wedding ceremonies.

Thirteen wedding Gowns, Dresses, and Suits from wedding ceremonies in Phoenix, and various other locations feature Jewish customs from Ashkenazic and Sephardic, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Secular weddings.  Dating back to 1912 and brought forward to today, and see the objects and artifacts that demonstrate Jewish ritual, custom, tradition, and law which are on view with explanations, observations, and commentary, from a 1928 Ketubah to a modern Chuppah. Compare them with another occupant of this historic building, a Chinese Baptist Church, who have loaned the exhibit a complete Chinese wedding party’s costumes and customs.

See film clips from some of the most noteworthy Hollywood Jewish wedding scenes which are available for viewing on tablets in the gallery. See tradition blend with current wedding rituals as the important human need for coupling is celebrated. 

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s building is almost 100 years old, built in 1921, this historic Phoenix landmark served as Phoenix, Arizona’s first synagogue and later became a Chinese-speaking and then Spanish-speaking Baptist church.  Purchased by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society in 2002 and restored in 2008-2010, the center now serves as a museum and event venue open to people of all faiths.   Exhibitions and programs educate the public about Jewish heritage as well as the diverse history of Arizona.  The center is a Phoenix Point of Pride and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.                              




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