The Skirball Museum in Cincinnati has a long history as one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America. The first stage in the museum's development lasted for nearly a century, beginning when Hebrew Union College (HUC) opened in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1875 and over time began accepting donations of Judaic objects and books. In 1913, the College's Union Museum was founded with the assistance of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, becoming the first formally established Jewish museum in the United States. In the 1920s, the collections rapidly expanded with the purchase of several significant private collections of Judaica, including those of Salli Kirchstein, Joseph Hamburger, and Louis Grossman. In 1950, HUC merged with the Jewish Institute of Religion (JIR).
In 1990, The Skirball Museum Cincinnati opened in the newly renovated Mayerson Hall, presenting its core exhibit An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience, comprised of seven thematic galleries that portray the cultural, historical, and religious heritage of the Jewish people.
Lipman "Lip" Pike (May 25, 1845 – October 10, 1893) the "Iron Batter", was one of the stars of 19th century baseball in the United States. He was the first player to be revealed as a professional (meaning he was paid money to play), as well as the first Jewish player.
Click here to sign the petition to induct Lip Pike into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
August 2017: Baseball and the American Jewish Experience Spotlighted in Skirball Museum Exhibit. Listen >
August 2017: Baseball Highlighted in HUC-JIR Skirball Museum Exhibit. Read more >
July 2017: Cincinnati WKRC's Dan Hurley Interview with Abby Schwartz, Curator (begins at 17:06). Watch the video >
July 2017: WMKV Cares Interview with Abby Schwartz, Curator. Listen >
May 2017: Skirball Museum Has New Board for Membership Campaign. Read more >
May 2017: 'Rembrandt and the Jews' Exhibit at HUC-JIR. Read more >
April 2017: Klau Library and Skirball Museum Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. Read more >
March 2017: Scoop :60 | Rembrandt at Skirball. Watch the video >
March 2017: Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection Exhibition Opening. Read more >
March 2017: An Exhibit Of Rembrandt Etchings Now Open At The Cincinnati Skirball Museum. Read more >
March 2017: Rembrandt’s Close Relationship with the Jews. Read more >
March 2017: Movers & Makers Cincinnati: Cultural Exhibits. Read more >
February 2017: [Video] Cincinnati Skirball Museum and "Rembrandt and the Jews." Watch the video >
February 2017: Rembrandt and the Jews: Berger Print Collection Coming to Skirball Museum. Read more >
January 2017: Worldwide Youth Photo Competition entries to be shown at Skirball. Read more >
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