Jewish Cultural Quarter pays homage to queen and to future ruling couple  3 until 29 April 2013

3 till 29 april 2013

To mark the inauguration of the new Dutch monarch, planned for 30 April 2013, the Jewish Cultural Quarter is paying homage to the abdicating ruler, Queen Beatrix, and to the future ruling couple Willem-Alexander and Máxima with displays at the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Hollandsche Schouwburg.

The Jewish Historical Museum's temporary display case will hold a variety of objects, photographs, and documents Queen Beatrix in the Portugese Synagogue. Photographer: Ruud van Zwetillustrating the museum's links to Queen Beatrix and the Prince of Orange. These will include photographs from 1987, when Queen Beatrix officially opened the Jewish Historical Museum in its present location, the synagogue complex, and of her visit to the restored Portuguese Synagogue in 2011. The museum will also exhibit a unique silver Chanukah lamp from 1751, which it was honoured to receive on long-term loan from the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust. This loan marked the Prince of Orange's visit to the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum and the JHM Children's Museum in 2012.

The temporary display case at the Portuguese Synagogue contains the historic and rarely exhibited Oranjekleed, a carpet adorning the tebah, the raised platform for speakers. In addition, several exceptional objects and documents illustrate the relationship between the Portuguese Jewish Congregation and the Royal House.

Prince Willem-Allexander. Photographer: Ruud van Zwet

Finally, until 5 May 2013, the Hollandsche Schouwburg is devoting a display to Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima Zorreguieta's visit there in 2001 and Queen Beatrix's speech at the Knesset in 1995.

These small-scale displays offer a foretaste of the major exhibition about the relationship between the House of Orange and the Jewish community in the Netherlands now in preparation at the Jewish Historical Museum, which is provisionally planned for 2015.

The Jewish Cultural Quarter will be closed on Tuesday 30 April.