The Mollie & Louis Kaplan Museum

History of the Museum

In 1972, Rafi Arbisser, the Educational Director of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, learned that Rabbi Isaac Toubin was interested in selling his collection of Judaica. Rabbi Toubin was a prominent Jewish educator who had served on the Jewish War Board, traveling through Europe at the end of the Second World War in order to help relocate Jewish refugees. Rabbi Toubin loved Judaica and, as a way of rescuing works that otherwise might have been lost, collected them as he went. He continued to acquire Judaica in the 1950's and 1960's, amassing a major collection.

Mr. Arbisser asked Louis Kaplan, a man who had been enormously generous to the Congregation and its new day school, whether he would cover the cost to purchase the collection for Beth Yeshurun, and Mr. Kaplan agreed. Read More



The mission of the Mollie and Louis Kaplan Judaica Museum of Congregation Beth Yeshurun is to:

  • Preserve objects of lasting value that comprise the museum collection
  • Display these objects in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing and that will attract attention of congregants and visitors to our congregation;
  • Use these displayed items as the basis for educational programs that teach students, congregants, and visitors about the history, religion, culture and customs of the Jewish people
  • Serve as a resource for study of individual works by interested scholars


Research Fields

Judaica; post-biblical history of the Jews; synagogues

Gallery/exhibition and lecture space

Docent, a person who acts as a guide, program; group tours, special tours for children 3rd-12th grades, public and private schools. 

Hours and Admission Prices: 
Museum open 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Monday through Thursday; guided tours by appointment. No admission charge. - CLICK HERE TO REQUEST ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM

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