Jewish stories in Amsterdam

In the winter of 2011-2012, De Nieuwe Kerk and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam will present an exhibition about Judaism. With more than five hundred objects on display, this exhibition will tell the fascinating story of three thousand years of Jewish religion, culture, art and history, the chronicle of a world religion that takes diverse international forms but has always held onto its identity. The exhibits will come from internationally renowned museums and private collections, and most of them will be on display in the Netherlands for the first time. The absolute highlights will include a first-century Dead Sea Scroll from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the oldest complete Torah scroll, originally from Erfurt and now at the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, valuable manuscripts, a painting by Chagall from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Alefbet Tapestry by the contemporary Russian-American artist Grisha Bruskin.