2015-2016 Lecture Series: Judaica
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March 7, 2016 | 5:50pm - 8:00pm
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
Sculpture Court Room
New York, NY

Judaica: Ritual and Ceremonial Objects in the Traditional Home

Beth Weingast, AAA 
Beth G. Weingast Appraisals

Wine and Welcome begins at 5:50pm
Lecture begins at 6:10pm
Reception follows at 7:20pm

With waves of Jewish immigrants coming to America in the mid-19th century and numbers increasing in the late 19th and early 20th century, many tucked portable religious objects into bundles to bring to the new land. With these cherished pieces there was continuity to worship and mark ceremonial, ritual and life cycle events using precious family pieces.

The presentation will examine Judaic objects made from silver, metals, wood, ceramic, fabric, glass, vellum and paper owned by Ashkenazi Jews fleeing Russia, Eastern and Central Europe; And we will see religious pieces from Israel, Morocco, Iran, Iraq, Palestine and Damascus brought to America by Sephardic Jews in the last third of the 20th century. Additional objects were assembled by second and third generation American Jews who acquire objects at auction and dealers; The search is often for pieces made in the region where their families originated.

How does the appraiser establish the value for objects imbued with layers of emotional, historical and geographic significance? This will be considered as will condition, quality, craftsmanship, provenance and rarity to understand components of the Judaica market.

In the course of examining traditional pieces we will see contemporary Judaica made by silversmiths who have left behind the prototypes of 19th century design to create a new visual language for sacred objects. 


Beth G. Weingast, AAA appraises ceremonial and ritual Judaica for synagogues,museums and private collections throughout the United States. As a member of the Coin Department of Sotheby’s in London and the director in New York, she became fascinated with ancient Judaic coins. The interest expanded to objects of the Holy Land and moved forward to include pieces of Jewish interest from the middle ages to the present in Europe and the Middle East.

As an independent appraiser, consultant and curator for exhibits of Judaica, she also builds and sells collections for individuals and institutions. Ms. Weingast represents several clients who want to reclaim Jewish objects seized from their families in World War II; We begin by locating and identifying the pieces and with help from diplomatic and legal channels have had some success.

A certified appraiser in Judaica and numismatics, Ms. Weingast has chaired many committees including the Lecture Series and served as President of the Appraisers Association of America. 

Members earn 1.5 CE credits.

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$20 Non-Members / General Admission 

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