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Striking Medals--50 Years of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame

  • The Skirball Museum 3101 Clifton Avenue Cincinnati, OH, 45220 United States (map)

Please note: the exhibition is on view Tuesdays and Thursday, 11am-4pm and Sundays, 1-5pm.

One of the largest exhibits of medals in recent years will be on display from March 21 through June 2, 2019 at the Skirball Museum on the historic Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. The Skirball Museum was the first formally established Jewish museum in the United States, founded in 1913 as the Union Museum. The exhibit, titled “Striking Medals: 50 Years of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame,” will mark the first time that a complete collection of this historic series has ever been on public display, according to JAHF founder Mel Wacks.

In addition to showing two sides of each medal issued annually from 1969 through 2019, The exhibition features all 50 medals, produced annually from 1969 through 2019 in duplicate, so that the reverse of each can be viewed, as well as displays that chronicle the history and origin of portrait medals; the process of creating the medals from original sketches to clay and plaster models and dies; and texts and videos about the accomplishments of the inductees. Visitors will learn how Jews have made important contributions to the history and culture of America for hundreds of years in all fields of endeavor, and their stories are told in this exhibition. Also featured are several special commemorative medals marking significant anniversaries in the history of American Jewish life.

For further information, reservations, or registration call 513.487.3098 or email

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