- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The history of the Jewish community in Ohio’s capital is the focus of a new exhibit slated to open Sunday.

The exhibit offers a glimpse of 180 years of Jewish life in central Ohio, said Toby Brief, president of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society.

“We think it’s really important for people to be able to come and actually see their history and really understand where they came from, to really understand the Jewish life here that’s helped build Columbus and central Ohio, and how really important that is, not only to the Jewish community but to the community at large,” Brief told The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1lG8QSo ).

“Preserving Memory: CJHS at 35,” is opening during the eight-day Hanukkah observance. It’s the first exhibition space in the society’s 35-year history.

The collection includes business memorabilia, photographs and the organization’s minutes. It also features several menorahs and samples from a collection of love letters shared between a Jewish couple from 1914 to 1921.



All of the items were donated, and the space was donated by the Jewish Federation of Columbus.

Society members Miriam and Bernard Yenkin say the exhibit helps to show the extent of the Jewish community’s reach in Columbus.

“The Columbus Jewish community is known not only locally, but has a strong national and international reputation for being responsive to issues and crises that have occurred over the years, and that is preserved by the society,” Bernard Yenkin said.

Future exhibits will focus more on one topic and display society items and borrowed items, Brief said.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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