Sailing Ship from the Kaplan Collection, part of the "Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1150-1890" exhibit at the library; photo courtesy of Penn Libraries

The exhibit "Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1150-1890" will run through June 9 in the Penn Libraries’ Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. The exhibit features the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica.

The Kaplan Collection, donated to Penn in November 2012, consists of more than 11,000 individual items that document an astonishingly broad range of social, religious, political, and cultural ties that connected Jews and the general public from the colonial era through the onset of mass migration at the end of the 19th century. The exhibition, mounted in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History, features a trove of original documents. A major component of the collection focuses on the development of Jewish mercantile, social, and religious activity in the Americas of the 19th century.