JTS Curator to Discuss “Courtship and Contract: The Art and History of Decorated Ketubbot”at Community-Wide Lecture Hosted by Temple Shalom

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December 24, 2009, Greenwich, CT

Sharon L-MSharon Liberman Mintz, curator of Jewish art at The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will discuss “Courtship and Contract: The Art and History of Decorated Ketubbot” (Jewish wedding contracts), at a community-wide lecture sponsored by Temple Sholom and JTS. A program of the JTS Lecture Series in Greenwich, the event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at Temple Beth Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich.

The series will conclude on April 20, 2010, with Dr. Barbara Mann, associate professor of Jewish Literature and Simon H. Fabian Chair in Hebrew Literature at JTS.

In her presentation, Ms. Liberman Mintz will explore the splendid art of the ketubbah and the fascinating social and historical context that surrounded its production.

Sumptuously decorated ketubbot have been an integral part of Jewish weddings for centuries and represent a magnificent expression of the tradition of Jewish art. In addition to their superb ornamentation, ketubbot provide a wealth of information concerning the culture and traditions of the Jewish communities in which they were created. The Library is home to one of the finest collections of Jewish marriage contracts in the world. Dating from the twelfth through the twenty-first centuries, these ketubbot are a microcosm of Jewish culture and attest to the continued creativity and artistic heritage of the Jewish people.

Ms. Liberman Mintz specializes in the fields of illuminated Hebrew manuscripts and rare printed books. Over the course of twenty-two years at The Library, Ms. Liberman Mintz has curated more than forty exhibitions and co-authored eleven exhibition catalogs. Since 1994, she has also served as the senior consultant for Judaica and Hebraica at Sotheby's New York, where she curated and mounted the record-breaking exhibition of the Valmadonna Trust Library last winter. Her most recent publication, A Journey through Jewish Worlds: Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books, accompanies an international exhibition of rare Hebrew books that she co-curated; the exhibition opened in Amsterdam in the fall of 2009 and will travel to New York in the spring of 2010.

A dessert reception will follow the program. Admission is free; reservations are requested. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Joan Goodman, director of JTS’s Northeast Region, at (212) 678-8861.