Packed with hands-on, interactive displays, as well as historical and contemporary objects, films and personal stories, the newly reopened museum offers a wonderful snapshot of Jewish British life, as well as exploring wider issues surrounding contemporary immigration. London’s Jewish history is beautifully evoked in displays such as the recreation of an East End tailor’s sweatshop, the photographer’s studio in which visitors can pose in period wedding outfits and the Yiddish karaoke booth where they can practice their best Yiddish insults. A thirteenth-century medieval mikveh (ritual bath) is on show for the first time since its discovery in the City of London in 2001. The Holocaust Gallery explores the impact of Nazism through the experiences and personal belongings of Auschwitz survivors. In the ‘Judaism: A Living Faith’ gallery, newly-commissioned films reveal a range of contemporary Jewish families celebrating festivals and Jewish lifecycle events.
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