HUC-JIR Museums

Our museums are the visual extension of the spiritual, cultural, and educational life of the College-Institute, which provides graduate and professional programs for students of all faiths.

Inside the Heller Museum

Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York

The Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York is in the forefront of exhibiting the creativity of contemporary artists of all faiths exploring Jewish identity, history, culture, and experience through exhibitions, educational programs, and publications that interpret core Jewish values, texts, and beliefs, foster a deeper appreciation for Jewish heritage, and advance multiethnic and interfaith understanding.

Cincinnati skirball museum

Skirball Museum in Cincinnati

The HUC-JIR Skirball Museum in Cincinnati houses “An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience,” a core exhibition of ritual objects, art and artifacts that address seven thematic areas: Immigration, Cincinnati Jewry, Archeology, Torah, Jewish Festivals and Life Cycle, Holocaust, and Israel. The museum also offers thoughtful temporary exhibitions and engaging public programs for visitors of all faiths.

Skirball Museum of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem

The Skirball Museum of Biblical Archaeology houses the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology including the Bergreen Conference Room, laboratories for pottery restoration and for the preparation of archaeological publications.

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Jack H. Skirball Campus Exhibitions in Los Angeles

The HUC-JIR Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles gives the arts an important role in the educational process. Through twice yearly curated exhibits in the Mercaz, rotating displays throughout campus, and interaction with artists, the learning community of students and faculty come to understand that the arts are but another form of midrashic language, which has the power to express Jewish content and values.

Hanukkah Menorah by Juventino Lopez Reyes

Hanukkiyot Featured at HUC-JIR Museums

Throughout generations and across the world, Jews join together in lighting the hanukkiyah each night during Hanukkah. The holiday menorah for the festival of lights commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem has long served as inspiration for artists to express new and creative ideas, all while honoring cherished traditions. In this spirit, our curators have selected eight hanukkiyot to feature from the extensive collections of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s acclaimed museums.