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Judaica In Context is headed up by Elizabeth Kessin Berman, Certified Judaica Appraiser, AAA​
Ms. Berman is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA). She is certified in "Judaica" and admitte​d in "Residential Contents." She is USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant since 2006. 
​I've been an archaeologist, an art historian, a university lecturer, an educator, and  a ​museum curator interpreting the cultural treasures of Jews throughout the world and during every age of its existence. I'm thrilled to launch a new chapter in my career focusing on helping the individuals and institution understand and assess the value of Jewish art and artifacts. I do this with great joy and with a great deal of professional dedication and experience.
​Elizabeth Kessin Berman, Nahant, Massachusetts, 
Ms. Berman is originally from the Boston area. But she has wandered the world for art's sake. She attended art school at California College of Arts and Crafts and then turned to the academic study of the history of art. Ms. Berman graduated Boston College (art history major with concentration in ancient art) and then went off to Israel to work on an archaeology degree at Hebrew University. While in Israel, she made her living as a field and research archaeologist with both the Israel Department of Antiquities and Hebrew Union College. She has worked on many historic sites including Tel Dan, Tel Aro'er, Magen and Capernaum, and in England, at York and in Turkey, at Sardis. 

Back from Israel, Ms. Berman earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in the languages, religions  and history of the Second Temple period and then continued in the Ph D. program at Harvard University's Fine Arts Department (ancient art). She has traveled extensively in Europe, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and Europe.
In 1983, Ms. Berman turned her attention to the then emerging world of Jewish museums. From her residence in Washington D.C, she played an important role in the development of Jewish museum collections. She worked with Dr. Grace Cohen Grossman on the pioneering catalogue of the Smithsonian's Judaica collection. Soon after, she became the inaugural curator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. In 1991, she was invited to join the development team of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  and became a member of its founding staff. She was the research curator of the inaugural special exhibition: Assignment Rescue: The Story of Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee and the Guest Curator of Hidden History: The Story of the Kovno Ghetto. From 1998 - to 2003 Ms. Berman was the Director/Curator of the B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum. She has been a curator of major collections and exhibitions of Judaica, modern, and contemporary art, and ancient art objects and has written and lectured on these topics for over 30 years.

You can meet Elizabeth at her frequent appraisal events for charitable organizations. 
Contact Elizabeth if you would like to have her do an appraisal event for your organization at 240-461-7452. 
News: Just published, Part II of the two part article, "The Challenges of Appraising Judaica,​" by Elizabeth Kessin Berman, in the Spring issue of the Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies​. ​Email  for a  PDF with Parts I and II together at

About Judaica In Context​​
Judaica In Context was founded to offer expert advice and accredited appraisals
of Judaica and Jewish art and artifacts. ​We also provide appraisals of modern art, contemporary art, and antiques and certain ethnographic artifacts, archival collections, historical documents, and books. For appraisals of general estates, fine arts, antiques, estates and residential contexts, visit the websites of our associate companies, Collections In Context and Appraisals In Context.​​


Our fees for appraisals are based on an hourly rate plus any related expenses and travel.  We offer reduced rates for non-profit cultural, religious or educational institutions and for clergy.
Appraisals include a description of each object, its dimensions, and an assessment of its condition. Photographs of  each object are included in each report. All reports are provided in hard copy and also, if requested, electronically, as a PDF file. CDs of photos can be provided for an additional fee​.
Ms. Berman has been engaged as an expert witness in family law cases and for insurance review disputes.​​​ Calls from the legal and insurance professions are kept in confidence, 240-461-7452.