Asheville’s Jewish Museum Without Walls

So you don’t think there are Jews in the South?

Here’s a snapshot of Asheville’s Jewish community today in a self-guided tour of local Jewish Asheville. We call it the Jewish Museum Without Walls.

This is a free, self-guided tour! Click for map

Learn about the over 435 Jewish businesses in The Family Store exhibit and about the Jews who helped form UNC Asheville, our synagogues and our JCC.

The Family Store exhibit consisted of 12 interpretive panels. It was displayed in storefronts around downtown Asheville, North Carolina and captured the attention of the casual observer as well as of those specifically interested in its historical content.  The exhibit was later mounted in several galleries and became a book, walking tour and the nucleus of an archive. It is currently online. Click here to see the exhibit.

Award-winning: The Family Store exhibit won the Preservation Society of Asheville-Buncombe’s prestigious Griffin Award.

The exhibit was financed by The North Carolina Humanities Council, Friends of Mountain History, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation as well as individual donors.  

The relatively small Jewish community of Asheville has made contributions to their city way beyond the proportion of their numbers. When you visit Asheville’s Jewish Museum Without Walls, you’ll get a guide for learning about the highly interesting and long undocumented Jewish history of Asheville..

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