Elliot Gertel, Irving M. Hermelin Curator of Judaica

Elliot has been involved in curating the Jewish Heritage Collection since 2003. “A woman named Connie Harris had this large collection of Jewish objects, books, artwork, just everything. There wereWatercolor ephemera, letters, pamphlets, calendars, rare artworks and prints, fabrics, postcards, photographs, metal objects. One of our vendors approached two of our professors in the university and thought this would be a good collection for UM. There are thousands of objects still being added – things that would be lost otherwise, because people wouldn’t think to save them. Portrait of a People, from 2005, was the first exhibition of the materials. It coincided with the 350th anniversary of the first group of Jews to arrive in the U.S.”