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The Omer Calendar serves to count the days from Passover, which commemorates the Exodus, to Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah.

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 traveling wardrobe belonged to Yiddish theater star Dina Halpern, and is a relic of a time when plays by Sholem Aleichem, S. Ansky, as well as Yiddish translations of Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Wilder were performed on Chicago’s old West Side.

Dina Halpern was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1909. As a child, she performed as a dancer then joined the Warsaw Yiddish Art Theatre, headed by her great-aunt, Esther Rachel Kaminska.

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

This charming, portable dollhouse was made by Holocaust survivors as a gift for a 5-year-old girl.

This dollhouse was made near Hamburg, Germany, as a gift for Caroline Pinder, daughter of Captain Richard and Jessica Pinder, when she was five years old.