We received this Young Judea newsletter, dated November-December 1946, thanks to the donation of a collection of items to the Museum from Jacqueline Caplan. Young Judea (YJ) is a national youth Zionist organization that includes a Southwest Region of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. In 1946, there were YJ chapters in Alexandria, Shreveport, Beaumont, Galveston, Waco, and Houston. This newsletter was published less than 18 months before the State of Israel was declared.
MSJE has been collecting items related to Southern Jewish history over the past 30 years. Its holdings now consist of more than 4,000 artifacts and archival items, ranging from objects of Judaica to everyday household and business objects owned and used by Jewish families across the South.
Like most museums, not everything we collect will be on display in our exhibits. Our collection also serves as a resource for researchers and a reservoir for creating special exhibits. We are selective in the donations we accept due to space considerations and need, so we can also offer you advice on how to preserve your artifacts for your family's enjoyment and legacy.