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The Hanukkah Lamp: Modernist Style and the Jewish Experience

November 19, 2011 – January 15, 2012

This exhibition, featuring a selection of Hanukkah lamps from the Aaron Ha’Tell Collection (Wilmette), offers a unique perspective on the production of artifacts at a time marked by profound transformation. For refugees from Europe who came to the British Mandate of Palestine, the making of these lamps enabled a reflection on the history of a holiday and an attempt to come to terms with unfamiliar experiences. Far from being merely a formal element, modernist style was a reminder of their Europe, brutally dismantled by Nazism. Curated by Rhoda Rosen.

Image: Ludwig Y. Wolpert (b. Germany, 1900, d. Unites States, 1981), Lived in Jerusalem, 1935-1948, Bronze; 10 ½ x 11 x 3 inches. Aaron Ha’Tell Collection, Wilmette 

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The iCenter, Lighting the Way to Freedom: Treasured Hanukkah Menorahs of Early Israel

The iCenter Flickr page, Menorahs by Aaron Ha-Tell and Yaniv Ben Or

The iCenter, Treasured Hanukkah Menorahs of Early Israel: A Resource Guide

Congregation Solel, Highland Park, Illinois, Exhibit, December 2009

Friedman Society, The Jewish Museum, New York, Presentation, February 2008

Museum of Ramla, Ramla, Israel, Exhibit, December 2008 

Fiedler Hillel, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Faculty Luncheon, Presentation, December 2008

Exhibits, Presentations, and Press

From the exhibit http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=plcp&v=RBmIcjgfCUEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBmIcjgfCUE&feature=channel&list=ULshapeimage_1_link_0

The Chabad of Wilmette, 100 Menorahs on Display Exhibit, December 2015

LUMA, Loyola University Museum of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois, Exhibit, November - January 2012

Jewish Press, Olam section, New York, January 8, 2016

Tanner, Annat, Yediot America, Ynet, December 29, 2016, p.36

Govenor Bruce Rauner’s Mansion Exhibit, invited exhibit of selected hanukkiot to celebrate Hanukkah, Official residence, Illinois, December 16, 2016