You Can’t Download This: Record album covers and the musical stories they pictured

You Can’t Download This! 
Record Album Covers and the Musical Stories They Pictured
The Temple Judea Museum Exhibition
Elkins Park, Pa.
Through July 30, 2014

Every imaginable genre of Jewish music is represented in the Temple Judea Museum’s collection of record albums and sheet music: Historic documentary; popular; Israel; humor; cantorial; life cycle celebrations; holidays and holydays; klezmer; the Holocaust; Hasidic; folk; solo performers; show tunes; festivals; music for children; classical and much more…

The exhibition also includes:

    • *Re-imagined: The Art of Record Album Covers by Artists of the TJMuseum Collaborative
    • *Seeing the World of Women through Early Sheet Music
    • *Gallery Soundtrack

Come and see how, over time, Shaindele di Hazzante gave way to The Barry Sisters who gave way to Barbara Streisand. Moshe Kusevitsky- Cantor of Warsaw, in European styled, cantorial garb, gave way to Cantor Moses J. Silverman in a modern, American tuxedo. Few objects, other than the record album cover could be counted upon to document, right before our eyes, American Jewish identity as it evolved during the twentieth century, a time of explosive growth and change.

See how the Americanization of Jewish music continued as Harry Belafonte made Hava Nagilah famous and Connie Francis belted out Yiddish classics. Consider My Fair Lady in Yiddish and Mary Poppins in Hebrew; trace the mishigas (craziness) of a culture by way of Mickey Katz, Mel Brooks, Eddie Cantor and Aaron Lebedeff; see the central role women played in 20th century music; and gauge the interest in the music of the young State of Israel.

Come and wander through our record album collection. Listen to the music. Share your memories and teach your children and grandchildren about the good old days of recorded music.

NOTE: Not one of the almost one thousand records in the collection was purchased by the museum. Each one was a gift from a friend of the museum. The collection continues to grow.

The Temple Judea Museum
Rita Rosen Poley, Director/Curator, Karen Shain Schloss, Chair
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road, (SE corner Township Line Road)
Elkins Park, PA 19027
An accessible facility, groups welcome by appointment
Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sun.: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesday and Friday: Until 8:00pm


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