TEMPLE JUDEA MUSEUM: FOR MORE INFORMATION: Rita Rosen Poley, Director/Curator
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Please join us Friday October 25, 2019, at 8PM when Rabbi Lance J. Sussman Ph.D. will speak, in a post service presentation, in celebration of the Temple Judea Museum’s current exhibition, “…Service in Every Cause which Seemed Right and Good.” The title of Rabbi Sussman’s talk is “Walk Softly and Carry a Big Shtick: Teddy Roosevelt, Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf and the American Jewish Community.” This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of President Theodore Roosevelt and the 100th anniversary of KI’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial window.
The exhibition title, which refers to Theodore Roosevelt, is drawn from 1919 writings by the artist, Edith Emerson. She was working on the commission from Keneseth Israel to create the stained glass window that would serve as the memorial to the late President who had recently passed away. Originally installed at the synagogue’s Broad and Columbia building, the glass was one of four important windows that were moved to the synagogue’s new building in Elkins Park in the late 1950s.
As an exhibition is much more than words, this past year has been somewhat of a scavenger hunt to find the visual objects that we needed to tell its story The following will give you an idea of were the hunt took us, beyond our own collection and certain EBay finds. TJMuseum is grateful to all those who created original art work, loaned us objects from personal collections or allowed us to reproduce materials from important public and private collections:
THE KI ARCHIVES:
1. Three books of sermons (with original manuscripts) delivered in 1919 by Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf after the death of Theodore Roosevelt.
2. A circa 1919 postcard with image of the completed memorial window.
3. The original hand written manuscript for remarks delivered by Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf at the November 1919 consecration of the memorial window.
THE THEODORE ROOSEVELT DIGITAL LIBRARY – DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY:
Various photographs and illustrations regarding the Spanish-American War (1898)
THE ATHENAEUM OF PHILADELPHIA:
Photograph of the D’Ascenzo Studios, Philadelphia, circa 1912, D’Ascenzo was the fabricator of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Window
THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION – ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART:
Papers of Edith Emerson, the artist who created the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Window including the contract between Violet Oakley and the synagogue. (Oakley passed the commission on to Emerson)
THE WOODMERE ART MUSEUM, PHILADELPHIA
Edith Emerson’s full size cartoon drawing for the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Window, 1919 (reproduced to scale)
1. Robyn Miller’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial glass bottle with original box
Wheaton Industries, circa 1950s
2. Flora Becker’s collection of Theodore Roosevelt Political Campaign Pins
3. Mel Richter’s WWI Posters
4. A photograph loaned by Cynthia Blackwood of a Theodore Roosevelt display window at the her great-grandfather’s pharmacy
ORIGINAL ART WORK
Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick – Gouache
Artist: Mordechai Rosenstein
Teddy’s Bear – Charcoal and pastel
Artist: Marlene D’Orazio Adler
Paper Doll Collection (Theodore Roosevelt, Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf, Edith Emerson, the Prophet Elijah) – Paper and board
Artist: Arlene Gale Milgram
From this Point Forward, Let’s Make Only Beige Bears – Acrylic on Tyvek
Artist: Cheryl Harper
Out of the Whirlwind – Monotype
Artist: Linda Nesvisky
The Teddy Bear has Something to Say – Found objects and gouache on handmade paper
Artist: Marlene D’Orazio Adler
Ted and Joe’s Wonderful Adventure
Artist: Joan Shrager
Digital Print on Canvas, painted and collaged