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Uch’tavtam al m’zuzot beitecha uvish’arecha.
“On the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.”

All Donors of $1,800 and Higher

For their role in helping to establish the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans, the Museum will invite all donors at the $1,800 and above level to participate in its Mezuzah Society installation. Each donor will be asked to send the Museum a mezuzah of their liking, or ask the Museum to choose one for them, to be affixed in an artful assemblage symbolizing their dedication to the Museum. An accompanying legend will allow visitors to locate individual Society members’ mezuzahs.

In return, each Mezuzah Society member will receive a specially designed, limited edition mezuzah, commissioned to commemorate the opening of the Museum. We hope that all of our supporters will proudly display their MSJE mezuzahs in their home in support of the Museum.

Why Mezuzahs?

The Hebrew word mezuzah means “doorpost.” Mezuzahs are affixed to the doorposts at the entrance to Jewish homes. Each mezuzah contains a small scroll of parchment on which is written two biblical passages. The first, Deuteronomy 6:4–9, makes up the beginning of the V’ahavtah prayer:

Hear, O Israel! The Eternal is our God, the Eternal alone. You shall love the Eternal your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead; inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.

 The Mezuzah Society display will stand as a beautiful and creative symbol of the founding of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, and those who committed themselves to build and sustain a strong institution of history, tradition, culture, and education.


The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience accepts transfers of stock, IRA contributions, and designated and advised fund contributions. For more information on these ways to support the Museum, please contact Kenneth Hoffman at