The Wyner Museum was established in 1980 to house our Judaica collection. A gift from Temple Israel members and past presidents Justin and Genevieve Wyner, the Judaica collection dates back to the 1940s and tells the important stories of the families of our congregation.
- “Mazel Tov! 140 Years of Weddings at Temple Israel” (1994), and “Women Whose Lives Span the Century” (1998), which was a launch project for the newly formed Jewish Women’s Archive, in collaboration with the Starr Gallery at the Jewish Community of Greater Boston.
- In 1998, the museum was relocated as part of a renovation to the Nessel Way entrance, and exhibits continued with “Projecting Palestine” (2001). Judaica was permanently housed in the new museum space.
- In 2004, Temple Israel celebrated its 150th anniversary and the museum mounted an extensive historical exhibit, now on permanent display in the lower lobby.
- In 2016, the space was again transformed to allow for informal gatherings and seating, with Judaica on display in glass cases.
- Two more exhibits were mounted there, honoring both Rabbi Ronne Freidman and Cantor Roy Einhorn on their retirements in 2016 and 2019 respectively.
Our extensive Judaica collection of art and objects is now displayed throughout Temple Israel.