The Jewish Museum of São Paulo (MUJ), a space that was inaugurated after twenty years of planning, is the result of a mobilization of civil society. In addition to four exhibition floors, visitors also have access to a library with more than a thousand books for consultation and a coffee shop that will serve Jewish meals.
Located in the old building of Temple Beth-El – one of the oldest synagogues in the city – the space is located at Rua Martinho Prado, 128, in the Bela Vista neighborhood, and has undergone a process of restoration, modernization and the construction of a contemporary attachment building to finally receive the public.
With four simultaneous exhibitions — two of long duration, being them The Jewish Life, about the Jewish and Jewish rituals and life cycle, and Jews in Brazil: Braided Stories, which exposes the various migratory currents of Jews to Brazil, from the beginning of colonization to the republican Brazil; and two temporary ones: Inquisition and New Christians in Brazil: 300 years of resistance, about the struggle of New Christians to rebuild their lives in the country during the 300 years of the Inquisition; and From the Letter to the Word, which explores the relationship between art and writing, image and word, based on the gathering of 32 fundamental artists of Brazilian contemporary art. The project is headed by president Sergio Simon, executive director Felipe Arruda and, in the curatorship, researcher and critic Ilana Feldman, in addition to the group of volunteers who built the institution.