Jews, Health, and Healing

April 1st, 2015 - March 31st, 2016 | PROJECT

Implementation of “Jews, Health, and Healing,” a major exhibit with related publications, programs, website, and outreach. For centuries, Jews have considered medicine a calling -- an occupation of learning and good deeds, vital to all communities and worthy of high respect. At the same time, Jewish bodies and behaviors have been the subject of medical scrutiny and debate. Some experts diagnosed the entire community as diseased, while others held it up as a model of health. The exhibit will examine how medicine has shaped the way Jews are seen, and see themselves. Building on recent developments in the medical humanities, “Jews, Health, and Healing” is the first exhibit to use the social and cultural history of medicine as a window into the Jewish experience in America. The exhibit will show how medicine has been, by turns, a vehicle for marginalization, acculturation, and the strengthening of Jewish identity.

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Team Members

Karen Falk, Principal Investigator, Jewish Museum of Maryland


Funding Source: NEH
Funding Program: Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations Implementation
Award Number: GI-228510-15
Funding Amount: $300,000


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Health and medicine | History | policy | law
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits