Sunday, January 31, 2010

Latest on Milwaukee DSS exhibition

THE LATEST on the Milwaukee Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition:
Dead Sea Scrolls stir pride in Jewish community

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Jan. 29, 2010

When organizers started planning Sunday's Jewish community event around the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum, they were hoping for 100, maybe 150, takers.

No one expected the overwhelming response that is propelling Jewish Night at the Museum into one of the largest events in the local Jewish community in years.

As of Friday, more than 500 people had registered.

They are drawn not only by the scrolls - these 2,000-year-old remnants of Jewish texts excavated from caves in the Judean desert - but also, according to organizers, a sense of pride and community.

Events involving the Dead Sea Scrolls always seem to draw more interest than the organizers expect.

Background here.