Objects tell stories. Every object or text selected for this exhibition tells a story — about its owner or creator, about its own journey, or about the broader context in which it was made.
During the past decade, the Center for Jewish History and its Partner Organizations have helped strengthen the voices of many potent objects — amplifying and enriching their stories by allowing them to exist in a greater cultural dialogue of Judaism. By collecting works of historical and cultural significance, preserving and digitizing them, sharing them through programs and exhibitions, and making them available online to scholars around the world, the Center has also created new opportunities for their stories to be told. As you browse the diverse images presented here, we encourage you to participate in the conversation as well, making your own connections across collections and across the decades.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Center, this web site presents artifacts from the collections of the Partners organized in two different ways. Some date from the first decade of every century from the 15th to the 20th. Others date from different time periods but were acquired by the Partners in the first decade of the 21st century, during the first 10 years of the Center's existence— or preserved or digitized at the Center from 2000-2010.

You can explore the artifacts by decade by clicking on the timeline right, by searching by Partner or keyword, or browsing a list of categories.

The Zero to 10 exhibition is on view through June 26, 2011 and is jointly presented by the Center for Jewish History and Yeshiva University Museum with artifacts from the collections of American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.