Local Jewish Community Honored in New Exhibit at Fresno Fair

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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — The Fresno County Historical Museum is honoring the Jewish community for the first time at this year’s Fresno Great Fair.

An exhibit will show the history of the Jewish community in the Central Valley since 1885.

Vardit Lichtenstein is co-founder of the exhibition and has been working on the project for three years.

She is the child of a Holocoust survivor.

“This exhibit is really close to my heart because it explains all the persecution that Jews have suffered over the years, and especially during World War II,” says Lichtenstein.

The Jewish exhibit is one of ten cultural exhibits in the museum, and each one is unique.

Fair CEO Lauri King describes the space as educational and diverse.

Lauri says, “It’s a beautiful area, and each exhibit that’s in this room has a different feel that really tells a story of what this culture went through and how it became part of Fresno County.”

The Jewish exhibit contains information on cultural holidays, photos and artifacts. It aims to honor the thousands of members of the Jewish community living in the Central Valley and those who came before them.

Lichtenstein mentions, “I’m really glad they did this. A lot of the Jews that are in Fresno are somehow connected to the Holocaust. And so it really touches all of our hearts.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from October 5.

Details on the fair can be found here.

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