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Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
The Southern Jewish experience occupies a unique placement in American culture. The newly opened Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans takes a deep dive into patterns of immigration,... Read More
The Southern Jewish experience occupies a unique placement in American culture. The newly opened Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans takes a deep dive into patterns of immigration, commerce, including slave ownership and the bonds of friendship between Jews and Gentiles in the South. From the earliest pushcarts to family owned stores and businesses, Jews were a driver in commerce in places like Richmond, Charleston, New Orleans and Savannah. Learn about the basic tenets of the faith through creative tableaus and some 4000 artifacts. There's a hilarious Ask Bubbe touchscreen to test your knowledge of Yiddish words like schlep and kvetch and a beautiful collection of stained glass windows inspired by synagogues throughout the South. The connection between Jews and Blacks in the South is examined in exhibitions about Jewish professors at Historic Black Colleges and Jewish leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. Because the museum is in New Orleans, of course there's a nod to Mardi Gras, which for many years was run by krewes who barred both Black and Jews from riding. In 1987 Krewe du Jieux was formed, followed by Krewe du Mishigas, both satirical groups walk in the hilarious Krewe du Vieux Carnaval Parade that happens a few weeks before Mardi Gras day.