A Purim Judaica exhibition with a smile
by Judith Reifen-Ronen
At the beautiful modern entrance to The Brodt Center, which
houses The Institute for Jewish Culture and The Tel-Aviv Cantorial Institute (TACI),
one encounters the Purim Judaica exhibition curated by Menachem Deutsch.
Although modest in size, the
collection contains a variety of important artifacts from the 17th to the 21st
century. Rare pieces by Rembrandt, Kolnik, Budko, Gutman, Picard, Samuel, have
all been carefully chosen from The Deutsch Collection. The curator succeeds in
presenting intelligently and harmoniously famous artists, unknown ones and
artisans along side each other. A 19th century Purim King’s Scroll by an unknown
artist sits comfortably beside an exquisite 21st century Silver Mask by Maurizio
The children’s section is
humorous and colorful. The Chasid with the bottle of wine on his head plays the
guitar. Surrounding him, a collection of Purim rattles including an elegant
silver rattle from North Africa, and Kleizmer silver figures. Needless to say,
it draws the attention of young and old alike.
At every turn the curator’s choices continue to surprise, intrigue, amuse and
inform the viewer.
In his own words, Menachem Deutsch believes that: "The beauty of Judaica is that
it expresses Jewish art, culture, traditions and the Jewish way of life". At
only 22, this gifted young man shows an intelligence and sensitivity beyond his
years. One looks forward to his next project with great anticipation.
Menachem Deutsch, descendent to
the modern orthodox Deutsch family, has shown genuine interest in Judaica and
the arts since a very young age. His special relationship with his grandmother,
Ayala (Helga) Deutsch, a leading expert as well as curator in Judaism and
Judaica, granted him the opportunity of excellence in guidance, perceptiveness
After concluding his army service with a combat unit, Deutsch commenced his
studies at Ma’ale School of Television, Film and the Arts, Jerusalem and at The
Tel-Aviv Cantorial Institute directed by Naftali Herstik.