The Rose Haggadah at the New York Public Library

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The New York Public Library will exhibit the Rose Haggadah in the McGraw Rotunda on the third floor of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building from April 7 through May 1, 2011.  This personal family initiative not only documents artistic styles and generational interests, but provides a dynamic record of the contemporary art world as it unfolds.

The Rose Haggadah is, in reality, the guest books of Passover dinners held and attended by the descendants of Joseph and Anna Rose and Samuel B. and Belle Rose and their guests over a period of eighty years.  The three volumes were illustrated each year on themes from the text by such artists as Will Barnet, Leonard Baskin, Judy Chicago, Al Hirschfeld, David Levine, Mark Podwal, Larry Rivers, and many more renowned artists. The result of an innovative annual commission from the Rose family, the tradition continues as a living illuminated manuscript with the fourth volume in progress.  Many of these artists are featured in exhibitions at the HUC-JIR Museum in New York, and in the Museum’s permanent collection.

The display shows an open book and an electronic presentation allowing viewers to see other pages at their leisure.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu