Exhibits and Attractions

 Inside The Casements

Torah Scroll

  • The Ancient Hebrew Scroll Project
  • Life in the Shtetls
  • Tolerance Exhibit
  • Holocaust Exhibits
    • Behind the Bookcase: The Secret Annex Through Anne’s Eyes
    • Our Story
    • UpStanders
  • Hall of Speakers

Outside in Rockefeller Gardens

  • Jewish Hall of Fame
  • Welcome to Israel
  • Matzoh Baking Class


Speakers scheduled to appear (subject to change):

Bea Schemer, Refugee – From Cronheim, Germany to Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, Bea Schemer’s story is an inspiration.  Able to flee Germany in 1937, Bea and her family were among the lucky ones, although even today the rising hatred of Nazism and the implementation of the Nuremberg Laws in the 1930’s still leaves an indelible mark.  We invite you to hear Bea’s story of what it was like to experience first hand the cultural changes that impacted every day people and forever changed the world.

Steve Barber, Pirate – THE JEWISH PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.  As European nations rushed westward in a mad rush for colonies from the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Caribbean became a pirate’s paradise. Many of these pirates were Spanish & Portuguese Jews escaping The Inquisition, who driven by an insatiable thirst for revenge against the Spanish government wreaked havoc on their fleets and terrorized their shipping lanes. Partnering with the Dutch and the English, they were feared & dreaded privateers. Legendary names like Sinan Reis, Samuel Pallache, Moses Cohen Henriques, Jean Lafitte, and our speaker’s own ancestor Hayreddin Barbarossa, stalked the seas on ships named Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther and Shield of Abraham.  Join us as Steve retells the story of the Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean.


Claire Soria, Holocaust Survivor – In 1940, Claire Soria was only 5 years old when the Germans invaded Belgium.  Her parents, Nathan and Sara Mytnowiecki moved the family  from Poland to Belgium.  At some point, Claire’s mother found a Christian couple, Lambert and Lea Sabaux to take Claire in and hide her from the Nazis.  Soria was so afraid of being captured that she never attended school.  Claire Soria spent the whole time in hiding after seeing so many Jews taken by the Nazis and shipped off to concentration camps. Soria’s mother, father, aunt, and uncle were discovered and transported to Auschwitz where they all perished. After the war was over, Soria’s aunt was able to get her. All Claire Soria has left from her family is a wicker basket which was a gift from her father on her sixth birthday.  Inside the basket were photos of childhood photos of her family taken before the war.