Council of American Jewish Museums
In This Issue
Affiliation 2.0
New Site for LAMOTH
Schoenberg on Restitution
Presenters from USC
Join Us: CAJM 2010

Don't miss inspiring contributions from Rabbi David J. Wolpe, museum scholar Selma Holo, and others with insights to share. Register for the CAJM conference in L.A.

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Reaching Generations X, Y, and Beyond
At CAJM 2010 in Los Angeles, one lively discussion will revolve around young adult audiences.  The session Affiliation 2.0. will reflect back on a 2005 NFJC-UJA Federation studyShlain that explored avenues for connecting young American Jews with Jewish life. It will also be an opportunity to hear from Tiffany Shlain -- according to Newsweek, one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century." Shlain is director of The Moxie Institute, which uses emerging technologies to create films, books, discussion programs and theater experiences around social issues; and she founded the Webby Awards,JDub which honor the best of the Internet.  Richard Siegel of HUC-JIR will moderate the discussion, and Ari Kelman of UC Davis, an original author of the study, will report how the Jewish community has responded to it. Joining this group will be two other Jewish cultural pace-setters:  Shawn Landres of Jumpstart, an incubator and think tank dedicated to supporting Jewish innovation; and Jaime Walman of JDub Records, an influential non-profit record and event company for creative Jewish music, community, and cross-cultural dialogue.
New Site for LA Museum of the Holocaust
CAJM conferees will get a preview of the new home for the oldest Holocaust museum in the country. Capping a $20 million capital campaign, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will move next year to a new building in Pan Pacific Park, adjacent to an existing Holocaust monument.  LA Hol planThe distinctive plan and structure have been designed by world renowned architect Hagy Belzberg, who is responsible for the interior spaces at LA's Disney Concert Hall. The museum's below grade entrance and facility will add considerable green space to the park. Executive Director Mark Rothman says that, "the second largest city in the United States demands a fitting and permanent home for the myriad voices of the Holocaust."
Schoenberg to Speak on Restitution
The President of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (above), E. Randol Schoenberg, will be one of CAJM 2010's eminent speakers. Grandson of composer Arnold Schoenberg, who emigrated to LA during the HoloSchoenbergcaust, the attorney specializes in cases involving looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazi authorities. Notably, in 2004-2005, he represented Maria Altmann in her successful suit against the Austrian government to reclaim five Gustav Klimt paintings and the Viennese house in which they were originally housed (both from the estate of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer). In recognition of this accomplishment, Schoenberg received the 2006 Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award from the American Jewish Congress.
USC Faculty Members Featured
The University of Southern California will be well represented at the upcoming CAJM conference, and its representatives suggest the meeting's diverse offerings.  Selma Holo, Director of the Fisher Museum of Art and the International Museum Institute for Advanced Studies and Practice, and our Scholar-in-Residence, will be joined by three USC colleagues. Josh Kun, Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism at the Annenberg School, will participate in the session on Exhibitions of Influence. USCAdlai Wertman, Professor of Clinical Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, will contribute to Envisioning Beyond Crisis: Where Will the New Philanthropy for Museums Come From?  Ruth Weisberg, Dean of the Roski School of Fine Arts, will discuss (Not So) New Portals to Jewish Culture: Synagogues, Schools and Community Centers.
Here's What You Will Find
... on CAJM's website:  What you can see at CAJM museums and galleries across the United States and Canada, news on colleagues' activities and accomplishments, a roster of Jewish museums around the world, a collections showcase featuring objects from the holdings of more than 85 meMaltzmber institutions, traveling exhibitions available for rental, a library and links to more than one hundred online resources ... and lots more reasons to visit, join and support Jewish museums like this one: the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio.
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