Council of American Jewish Museums
In This Issue
2010 Conference Update
Gehry to Keynote
New Directors
Wolpe to Keynote
Jewish Culture in Europe
Conservation Funding

CAJM 2010: Luminaries


As if the exciting location and fascinating program were not reasons enough to join us at the L.A. conference next January, we can now announce two stellar keynotes!  See to right. 
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(From the collection of the
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Greater Washington)

Gehry to Address Conference

Gehry 2World-renowned architect Frank Gehry will be our conference keynote speaker on February 2nd, 2010.  Winner of the most prestigious awards in the field of architecture, including the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the Pritzker Prize, and the National Medal of Arts, he is also the subject of director Sydney Pollack's 2006 documentary film, Sketches of Frank Gehry. The architect's Walt Disney Concert Hall (below) is a landmark structure for Los Angeles; his iconic Guggenheim Museum Bilbao changed the way many think about the connections between architecture and art.  Gehry 2Other Gehry museum projects include the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the renovated Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and the Center for Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem.
New Directors at Several CAJM Museums
Join us in welcoming several new directors at CAJM institutions across North America.  They are:  Maribel Villalva at the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, Marcy Babins at the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia, Francine Achbar at the New Center for Arts and Culture in Boston, and Wendi Furman at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art.  Our congratulations, too, to Wendi's predecessor, Joan Sall, as she becomes Director Emeritus.
Rabbi Wolpe Keynotes Conference
A leading figure in the Conservative Jewish movement Wolpewill serve as our second keynote speaker.  Rabbi David J. Wolpe, the gifted head rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, has been named the #1 pulpit Rabbi in America (Newsweek), one of The Forward's Forward 50, and one of the hundred most influential people in Los Angeles (Los Angeles magazine).  Rabbi Wolpe is a prolific writer, commentator, public speaker and educator.  He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University), Hunter College and UCLA.  Rabbi Wolpe's most recent book is Why Faith Matters, which responds to books about atheism and also recounts his battle with serious illness.
Europeans Celebrate Jewish Culture
Sunday, September 6th marked the tenth annual European Day of JewiEuropean Daysh Culture.  Cities and towns across the continent opened their synagogues, community centers and former ghettos, presenting concerts, lectures, exhibitions, conferences and other special events to showcase this year's theme, "Jewish Festivals and Traditions."  The European Day of Jewish Culture is the biggest and most extensive Hungarian Jewish Museumsuch festival in Europe.  It was launched in 1996 by the B'nai B'rith in Strasbourg in response to numerous requests from tourists who wished to see Jewish heritage sites in its region.  More than 25 countries - from Serbia to Switzerland and from Luxembourg to Lithuania - took part in the festivities this year.  Among the participants was the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives (left).
Funds for Conservation
If you are looking for a way to guide board, staff, and volunteers in caring for your museum's collection, you might consider the Conservation Assessment Program.  CAPCAP logo shares the costs of visiting specialists, who spend two days with you and three days preparing a report to help you establish conservation priorities for your collection, environmental conditions, and site. This process helps museums develop strategies for improved collections care and a tool for long-range planning and fundraising.  Applications will be accepted until the postmark deadline of December 1, 2009, and the form can be accessed here
What We Do
Through training of museum staff and volunteers, information exchange, and advocacy on behalf of Jewish museums, CAJM strengthens the Jewish-museum field in North America.

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