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Bernice and Henry Tumen collection

Identifier: 11-MWalB02690

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of Jewish ceremonial objects: kiddush cups, spice boxes, candlesticks, menorahs, torah bindings, breastplates, rimonim, yadayim, as well as megillot, amulets, and mezuzot originally produced in Europe, the Near East, North Africa, and America.  The collection contains pieces from the 2nd-3rd century, but principally showcases 19th-20th century artifacts.  The Tumen gift also includes a collection of rare Israeli coins and books on Judaica and Jewish ceremonials.


  • Creation: 2nd - 20th century
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 19th - 20th century
  • Other: Date acquired: 1981-11-21

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Tumen collection of Jewish ceremonial objects of the home and synagogue had been assembled over many years by Dr. Henry J. Tumen and Bernice Tumen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Tumen (d. 1994) was a gastroenterologist, professor of Medicine, and the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Graduate School of Medicine and Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  The present collection was gifted to the Brandeis University Rose Art Museum in 1981.  In 1983, a public dedication was held at the University and a permenant installation showcasing pieces of the collection was unveiled in Goldfarb Library just outside the Judaica rooms.  Currently, the installation rotates pieces of the Tumen collection to allow students, faculty, and library patrons to view the many intricate and interesting Jewish ceremonial objects.


177.00 Items

Language of Materials

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These materials are arranged individually in numbered boxes.  For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Bernice and Henry Tumen in 1981.

Zachary Albert
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections