Council of American Jewish Museums
         E-News | September 2011 
In This Issue
Conference Keynote Speaker
Yom Tov at Our Museums
New Director at The Jewish Museum
Collections Resource
Job Posting and Searching
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Jewish art and history museums, historic sites, historical and archival societies, Holocaust centers, synagogue museums, Jewish Community Center galleries, children's museums, and university galleries ...  the professionals and volunteers who work in them ...  the children, adults, and families who visit them ...  the patrons who support them ...  the organization that keeps them vital.


We welcome as our CAJM 2012 keynote speaker an historian who has helped shape the field of American Jewish history over the past 25 years. Deborah Dash Moore is Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies andDeborah Dash Moore Frederick G.L. Huetwell ProfessorIdentity Politics of History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to that she taught and helped to found a program in Jewish Studies at Vassar College. She has been a supportive adviser to countless scholars, an active participant at national conferences, and a prolific author. Her books include the trilogy At Home in America: Second Generation New York Jews (1981), GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation (2004), and To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L. A. (1994); the award-winning two-volume Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997), which she edited with Paula Hyman; and, as editor, American Jewish Identity Politics (2008), a collection of essays by such notables as Hyman, Hasia Diner, and Jonathan Sarna.  Recently, Moore has been exploring photography and the role of Jewish photographers during the early-to-mid 20th century.  Don't miss her CAJM talk. Save the conference dates:  February 26-28, 2012. 



The Jewish New Year is upon us, and our museums are offering a range of special Rosh Hashanah programs. Museums housed in historic synagogues, like the Jewish Museum of Florida and the Museum at Eldridge Street, are able to welcome the public to services. Others are conducting art workshops to create one-of-a-kind honey containers (The Jewish Museum), shofarim (Jewish Museum Milwaukee, which is also offering a holiday cooking demonstration), or a kinetic mosaic that allows participaStone Soupnts to change and interchange tiles that represent hopes and dreams (Contemporary Jewish Museum). At Yeshiva University Museum, school groups have been making pop-up Rosh Hashanah cards; the HoneycombMuseum of Jewish Heritage is hosting a holiday storytelling version of Stone Soup with original music (left). At Denver's Mizel Museum, staff have emphasized the "sweetness" we look forward to in 5772 by inviting a local specialist to present on the art and science of beekeeping. Yum.



This fall, a pacesetter in the world of contemporary art joins The Jewish Museum in New York as its Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, succeeding Joan Rosenbaum. Since 1999 Claudia Gould has been The Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the   

University of Pennsylvania. Under her guidance, the ICA tripled its exhibitions and staff, doubled its attendance, and neared completion of a successful endowment campaign.  Gould is known for herClaudia Gould

The JM

original programming and expansive, interdisciplinary approach to exhibitions, education, and public outreach. Prior to joining the ICA, she was for six years the Executive Director of Artists Space,

the New York City alternative exhibition space and emerging-artist service

organization. Gould was the first Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, 

Ohio, presenting programs of global scope, and she has been an independent curator of critically admired international art and culture projects.  Robert A. Pruzan, The JM's Board Chairman, said that the search committee was "tremendously impressed by her achievements [and] the level of intelligence, sensitivity, and flair with which she has led the institutions where she has served."



If managing collections has been a challenge for your institution - whether for reasons of funding, staffing, or expertise - we refer you to a new collections resource. Heritage Preservation, the American Association for State and Local History, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, have announced the public launch of the Connecting to Collections Czech Museum scrolls(C2C) Online Community. The goal of the Community is to help smaller museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies locate reliable Hollingerpreservation resources, and to engage with each other and top professionals in the field. The site includes a Meeting Room that regularly hosts free Webinars with leading conservation professionals; a Featured Resource that highlights new or particularly helpful information resources, changing approximately every two weeks; a Discussion Forum where online community members can post questions or offer assistance; as well as a Calendar and Archive. Check out this useful resource at www.connectingtocollections.orgImage to left:  Torah scrolls at the Czech Museum.



Posting ofJob search positions in the Jewish museum field and at  our member museums is just one perq of belonging to CAJM. If you're ready for a change, it's worth browsing our listings. Even more important:  Keep us informed when there's a position to be filled at your institution. We can help you spread the word.  Visit the Career Opportunities page of our website's Professional Development section, accessible to CAJM members after they log in.   *Cartoon text:  "You can walk the walk and talk the talk.  What we need is someone who can blog the blog."  (Courtesy of Tribune Publications, PalomaSue and SchwadRon)  

CAJM Puts the Spotlight on YouOren Cohen

CAJM offers resources for learning all year round on our website and at our annual conference; models professional standards; offers opportunities for information exchange; and works on behalf of Jewish museums and museums with Jewish content, like the Koslowe Gallery at the Westchester Jewish Center.  To left, "Graduating Israeli Naval Officers", from an exhibit of photographs by Oren Cohen.  And see what other Jewish museums are showing around the country - visit CAJM's "At Our Museums" page, the central address for you and the public to find out what's happening at our member institutions.
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