Jews From Islamic Lands

Exhibition and Shows

20 Mar 2020 to 31 Dec 2020

Until the 15th century, most Jews lived in Islamic lands. This exhibition traces the lives of Jews living in the Middle East, Asia Minor, North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula from ancient times.

It tells a tapestry of stories from across these regions, of flourishing, tolerance, expulsion and displacement, as well as how these Jews have continued to celebrate their vibrant cultures in new places across the world.

There are many intriguing and unique traditions and sub-cultures that have evolved from these distinct regions. The myriad practices, rituals and experiences of these Jews make up an integral part of Jewish culture as a whole. Explore the different ways that the identities of Jews from Islamic lands have been shaped by their neighbours and how they define themselves within global and local Jewish communities.

This exhibition tells the stories of Jews from Islamic lands through objects from the Sydney Jewish Museum’s collection and those sourced from local families with direct lineage from these regions. See intricately designed ritual objects, such as an elaborately adorned Torah cover – or a tik – from India, a Passover seder plate from Egypt, and a colourful wedding dress from Iran.

Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.


Caters for challenges with learning and communication Caters for high support needs Free Wifi Lockers Museums Australia Museums Galleries Australia Non Smoking Shop


From AU$9.00

Children under 10 enter free

Event Times

20 Mar 2020 to 31 Dec 2020

Daily Event


Sydney Jewish Museum

148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, 2010

Nearby Accommodation

View All
Meriton Suites Campbell Street - Reception

Meriton Suites Campbell Street

Haymarket, Sydney

Mercure Sydney

Mercure Sydney


Meriton Suites Chatswood

Meriton Suites Chatswood

Chatswood, Willoughby


Leafy City Terrace

Millers Point, Sydney

Sydney Central YHA Exterior

Sydney Central YHA


Property entrance

Spicers Potts Point

Potts Point, Sydney

Contact Us