Kohanim May Not Be Permitted to Visit Liberty Science Center This June-January

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The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J., is alerting its Jewish customers about an upcoming exhibit that may make it problematic for kohanim to visit the Center, from June 2016 until the end of January 2017.

In a letter sent to Hamodia, the Center says:

Liberty Science Center has long been a favorite place for Jewish families seeking wholesome and fun science learning activities. The large numbers of guests we see here, especially at Passover and Sukkot, attest to the trust your readers have in us.

But we want everyone to know that from June to January we will be hosting an exhibition called “Bodies Revealed.” The show features real human forms, organs and skeletons preserved for display and educational purposes. These are the same kind used in medical schools, such as at the University of Michigan

The show will be enclosed in a separate gallery on the 4th floor, so it will be in a closed off space, but our Jewish visitors should know it is here before they plan a visit during this time period. The specimens are expected to arrive in early June, 2016, and will be completely out of the building by January 31, 2017.

We are announcing this now to offer complete transparency to members of the Jewish community, and welcome any comments they may have. Questions may be directed to your Rabbi.