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The Wedding Ring has a wide band of heavily textured silver with a twisted rope design, individual letters in Hebrew spell “Mazel tov” (Congratulations).

This pewter Levitical pitcher was used to wash the hands of the kohen (priest) in preparation for the priestly benediction of the congregation

This is perhaps the only ritual object remaining from a synagogue built in 1887 in Gemünden-am-Main in Unterfranken, Bavaria, Germany, where an organized congregation was established in the 1870s.

This silver comb was used in the preparation of a corpse for burial

The inscriptions on this comb identify it as belonging to the Burial Society of Mattersdorf (today Mattersburg), one of the so-called seven communities of the Burgenland (West Hungary).

This is the wimpel of Joseph Wile, one of nine wimpels of the Wile family in the Spertus collection

A wimpel is a Torah binder formed from cloth wrapped around a male infant during the circumcision ceremony. The cloth is cut into four parts and stitched together to create one long banner.

This charming painted wooden ark was created in the Erzgebirge region of Germany, an area famous for its carved wooden toys.

Noah’s arks were a common toy of the late 19th century and were especially used by Christian children for Sabbath play on Sundays.

This wooden chest was created to commemorate a revered scholar.

Elijah ben Solomon, also known as the Gaon of Vilna, and by the acronym G”RA, was a Lithuanian Talmudist, Kabbalist, grammarian and mathematician.

This monumental Hanukkah lamp was created for synagogue use, modeled after a biblical menorah of pure gold. It was used at the White House Hanukkah celebration in 2003.

This nine-branched

This kimono was acquired in Japan by a Jewish family saved by Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Consul in Lithuania, who issued transit visas to Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Poland.

As Nazi persecution of Jews intensified, many sought to flee Germany for refuge in foreign countries.

This propagandistic poster displays key aspects of Nazi antisemitism and racial ideology, which asserted the supremacy of the “Aryan race” and the need to purify Germany of Jews.

Plagued by political unrest and economic depression in the post-World War I era, Germany was fertile ground for the rise of extreme right-wing nationalist organizations.

Abraham Lincoln Marovitz rose from an impoverished immigrant background to become a noted jurist and Illinois’ first Jewish state senator. He was a beloved Chicago icon and a proud Jew.

Abraham Lincoln Marovitz was raised in Chicago’s