January 01 - February 29, 2020
2020-01-01 2020-02-29 America/New_York Clay Barr Yad Exhibit Temple Beth El Schaefer Family Campus

Clay Barr Yad Exhibit

Temple Beth El Schaefer Family Campus
333 SW 4th Avenue
Boca Raton, FL 33432

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For thousands of years, Jews used simple tapered wooden sticks to point the way through the densely written text of the Torah without touching the fragile parchment. But over the millennia, the yad — pointer — has developed into a unique art form. While some are still carved out of wood, others are now shaped from silver or graphite, and even ornamented with gold, ivory and jewels.

The yad has thus become an artistic chronicle of how Jews read and relate to the Torah, a story you can explore in a wide-ranging exhibition of more than 200 pointers of all styles and national origins, some up to 400 years old. 

Thanks to the generosity of Marilyn and Jay Weinberg, Temple Beth El will host the national tour of the Clay Barr Yad Exhibit through February 2020. The Torah pointers in this exhibit are part of the Barr family's magnificent private collection. Many thanks to the Boca Raton Museum of Art for use of its display cases.

Related Events: 

Walter Herzberg Temple Beth El of Boca Raton Clay Barr Yad ExhibitSunday, February 16, 2020 at 11:00 am - Senior Circle Champagne Brunch: The Clay Barr Yad Exhibit and Dr. Walter Herzberg 

No fee, RSVP.

Learn with Dr. Walter Herzberg, one of today’s preeminent Torah scholars, sip champagne during brunch, and tour the Clay Barr Yad Exhibit. We will delve into the Joseph story with Dr. Herzberg, and discover what this one-of-a-kind collection of Torah pointers reveals about Torah.

Jay and Marilyn Weinberg have generously underwritten the Clay Barr Yad Exhibit and the February Senior Circle.