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Mahjong at Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Mahjong Exhibit
Chinese New Year Preview
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage was transformed into a Mahjong Hall in honor of The Chinese New Year. Some have said the game is the single most factor that has brought Jews and Chinese together.

Project Mahjongg sign

Like most things, if you are not "in the know" about certain things, it is hard to believe the lengths some people will go to play a game of "Mahj". Some carry an emergency travel set with them. Some teach classes - others take them. There are Mahj games at many of the community centers and Mahj house parties are gaining more and more popularity.

Mahjong exibit at Maltz Museum

There are Mahj napkins, table cloths, plates and purses. Even famed designer Isaac Mizrahi designed clothes with a Mahjong pattern because of his mother's deep love of the game.

The game originated in China and most often is played with four players. It is a complicated game using 136 tiles based on Chinese symbols and characters. If one with no knowledge of the game was just to observe, chances are they would learn nothing. Players move at a fast and furious pace and it is clear only to the players what is actually happening.

Mahjong exibit at Maltz Museum

The Mahjong boards and tiles are often passed down from generation to generation and are quite beautiful. There are games sets made of bone, bamboo and other elaborate materials on display.

Mahjong exibit at Maltz Museum

There is only one scheduled appearance for this phenomenal traveling display in all of the Midwest - and that is at the Maltz Museum where it will be featured until April 22, 2012. The exhibit contains original artwork by Christoph Niemann, Isaac Mizrahi, Maira Kalman and Bruce McCall.

The opening event on Sunday, January 22, included a beautiful array of food prepared by the always fabulous Pearl of the Orient and music from the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble.

Chinese New Year greeters - Stephanie Zhou, Dianna Lu, Margaret Li and Lynn Jiao

Chinese New Year greeters - Stephanie Zhou, Dianna Lu,
Margaret Li and Lynn Jiao


Cleveland Chinese Musical Ensemble

Cleveland Chinese Musical Ensemble

Throughout the run of the exhibit there will be opportunities to play the game as well as take in the displays and watch a short documentary.

For more information contact the Museum at maltzmuseum.org


Enjoy these photos from the Maltz Museum Mahjohng Exhibit.

David Schafer and Judi Feniger

David Schafer and Judi Feniger


Milton and Tamar Maltz

Milton and Tamar Maltz


Cecilia and Margaret Wong

Cecilia and Margaret Wong


Alan and Carole Schonberg with Lorrie and Alvin Magid

Alan and Carole Schonberg with Lorrie and Alvin Magid


Lenny and Bonnie Goldfarb

Lenny and Bonnie Goldfarb


Abby and Arlene Fine

Abby and Arlene Fine


Illene Rosewater, Dr. Paula Schaffer-Pulaskof and Lois Klein

Illene Rosewater, Dr. Paula Schaffer-Pulaskof and Lois Klein


Jeff Kaplan

Jeff Kaplan


George and Lily Yao Hwang and Laura Beytas

George and Lily Yao Hwang and Laura Beytas


Ellie Schwarz with Charlotte and Armin Guugenheim

Ellie Schwarz with Charlotte and Armin Guugenheim


John and Amy Cummings

John and Amy Cummings


Bill and Kelly Elliot with Rob Ganley

Bill and Kelly Elliot with Rob Ganley


Cindy Kwan, Margaret Wong and  Lisa Wong

Cindy Kwan, Margaret Wong and Lisa Wong


Lisa Peng

Lisa Peng


Larry and Amy Nadler with Gloria and Irv Fine

Larry and Amy Nadler with Gloria and Irv Fine


Bing Xu and Anne Pu

Bing Xu and Anne Pu


Francine McLaughlin

Francine McLaughlin


David Schafer introducing Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble

David Schafer introducing Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble


Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble


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