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The Geography of Summer

August 25, 2021 - December 31, 2021

The Temple Judea Museum
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road, (SE corner Township Line Road)
Elkins Park, PA 19027

EXHIBITION: The Geography of Summer
Currently on view through December
For more information: [email protected],
(215) 901-2656, (215) 887-8700, ext. 416

The Temple Judea Museum’s 2021 fall exhibition is “The Geography of Summer”. The idea for it grew out of my visit to the home of Anne and Dick Brown, Keneseth Israel synagogue members, who invited me to see their Jewish camping collection. From 1953 through 1972, Anne and Dick Brown were part of Camp Akiba leadership. Dick Brown eventually became head recruiter for the very popular Jewish summer camp and he, along with Anne Brown, accumulated wonderful documentation, primarily in the form of black and white photographs, music recordings, camp clothing with logos and much more.

I am proud to say that TJM is now the home of this unique treasure of Jewish camping.
Once the Brown Collection was in house, I reached out to see what we could find to expand the collection. It soon became clear that summer means more than traditional sleep-away camps for the Jewish community. Many responded to a community query and their gifts and loans enrich this display. In addition to historic memorabilia, photographs and objects, also on view are unique art works by guest artists and members of the TJM Artists’ Collaborative.

What is the history of the summer vacation? How does it apply to the Jewish community? Why and where and how do we travel? What is a Jewish “staycation”? Hopefully, “The Geography of Summer” answers some of those questions. Visit the gallery in person or follow the exhibition on the Temple Judea Museum Facebook page and on YouTube. We will be posting new images and stories through December.

Rita Rosen Poley
The Temple Judea Museum

The Temple Judea Museum
Director/Curator: Rita Rosen Poley;
Chair: Karen Shain Schloss
Friends’ Chair: Norma Meshkov
Chair, TJM Artists’ Collaborative: Marlene D’Orazio Adler
215-887-8700, ext. 416; [email protected]; www.kenesethisrael.org/museum
Hours: By appointment, masks must be worn, any accessible facility

Visit us on YouTube at Temple Judea Museum and on Facebook and Instagram.
See portions of our collection at Temple Judea Museum online collections.

A Program Stream awardee of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


August 25, 2021
December 31, 2021
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Reform Congretation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park,
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