Museum Sets Up Separate Women's Viewing Times

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem will have separate visiting hours for men and women to its new exhibit about Hasidic Jews. For the first time, the museum decided to introduce separate visiting times, Haaretz has learned, in a bid to attract ultra-Orthodox visitors in the three weeks that yeshivas are closed during the summer.

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The museum said the separate hours will apply only to the specific exhibit, “A World Apart Next Door: Glimpses into the Life of Hasidic Jews,” depending on demand from ultra-Orthodox groups.

“It all depends on demand,” said Shai Yamin, head of marketing at the Israel Museum, adding that the separate hours would not impinge on the museum’s regular hours, and might be held after 5 P.M. when the museum closes, or on Tuesday mornings, when it is not usually open.

“A World Apart Next Door,” which has been open for about a month, depicts Hasidic culture and features rare editions of Hasidic books, clothing, photographs and video clips of events in various Hasidic courts.

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