Contact: Diane Dufilho, Meadows Museum, 318-869-5040         
orLynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

The Southern Jewish Experience: Celebrating a Century in Shreveport with Agudath Achim on Display at Centenary's Meadows Museum of Art 

Shreveport, LA--The Southern Jewish Experience: Celebrating a Century in Shreveport with Agudath Achim will be on dsplay at Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art until Dec. 8.

The Southern Jewish Experience presents an overview of the history of Southern Jewry and is part of Shreveport's citywide celebration surrounding the centennial of Agudath Achim Synagogue. Accompanying The Southern Jewish Experience is an exhibition of photographs by Leonard Nimoy entitled The Shekhina Project (Aug.  27-Nov. 17). The calendar of museum festivities developed in tandem with these exhibitions includes lectures, book signings, volunteer training sessions and receptions to which the community-at-large is invited.

For well over 200 years, Jews have lived in the South. Though small in
number, they have contributed greatly to the communities in which they
worked, as merchants, farmers, cotton brokers, and myriad other
professions. During the course of the 20th Century, as economies
declined and small businesses became less viable, Jewish populations in
small towns dwindled. In many cases, synagogues closed their doors.

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE) in Utica, Miss.,
operates under the umbrella of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life,
and serves as a repository for objects, oral histories and documents
that chronicle this rich past, while continuing to celebrate Jewish
tradition and culture. Within this context, the importance of the
centennial anniversary of the founding of Agudath Achim takes on
heightened meaning.

Drawn primarily from the MSJE, the two dozen objects that comprise this
Meadows Museum exhibition include an Ark from Winne, Ark., a Torah from Laurel, Miss., and a Ner Tamid (sanctuary lamp) from Port
Gibson, Miss. Also included are a series of black-and-white and
color photographs taken by Bill Aron.

An exhibition reception for The Southern Jewish Experience: Celebrating a Century in Shreveport with Agudath Achim will be held at the Meadows Museum of Art on Oct. 10 from 7-9 p.m. 

This exhibition has been curated and organized for travel by the Meadows
Museum of Art in cooperation with the Museum of the Southern Jewish
Experience. The printing of educational and informational materials for
this exhibition has been supported by the Louisiana Endowment for the
Humanities, a state affiliate of the NEH, and by the Shreveport-Bossier
Convention and Tourist Bureau. The Museum receives operating support
from SRAC with funds from the City of Shreveport. The Museum receives annual support from the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum. The Museum seeks and receives funding from public and private foundations and other sources on a project-by-project basis.
The Meadows Museum of Art is located on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana at 2911 Centenary Blvd. in Shreveport. The Museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. n Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday; from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends. The Museum is closed on Monday. The Museum is free of charge. To receive a 2002-03 Exhibition and Program Guide, call the Museum at 318.869.5040. To schedule a group tour, call the Museum Education Department at 318.841.7271.



For information about The Shekhina Project and Leonard Nimoy, and a calendar of events, see Nimoy Photograph Exhibit, Calendar.