Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | February 2013   
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Architect Renfro at Conference
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Guests from Around the World
Conference Fellows
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Welcome Weitzer
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Internationally renowned architect Charles Renfro (left; photo by Abe Morellwill participate in the opening plenary session at CAJM's 2013 conference.  Renfro will be joined on the panel, The City as Muse/um, by Manon Slome, President & Chief Curator, No Longer Empty, and David Karnovsky, General Counsel to the New York City Department of City Planning. Renfro is a Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architec-
Alice Tully Hall ture, the performing arts, and visual arts. Among their most visible projects in New York City are the High Line in Chelsea and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall (right), both named by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker as among the most culturally significant projects of 2009. DS+R has received numerous awards, including the National Design Award in Architecture from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the AIA President's Award and AIA Medal of Honor, and multiple Progressive Architecture awards.  Renfro's current cultural projects include the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive and Stanford University's McMurtry Art & Art History Building.  His work with DS+R has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and Centre Pompidou.


Ritz-Carlton NY Battery Park The deadline for making reservations at the conference hotel, the beautiful Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, at the significantly discounted CAJM group rate of $225 is this Thursday, February 7th. To make your reservation, please call 212-344-0800 or use the link above. The CAJM group code is AJMAJMA.



It is always a treat and a learning experience to meet, hear from, and interact with Jewish museum colleagues from around the world. South Africa We are delighted that the following international Jewish museums will be sending representatives to the conference in New York: Ben Uri Gallery, London; Joods Historisch Museum, AmsterdamMuseu Judaico de Sao PauloBrazil (right);  Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel AvivMuseum "Jews in Latvia", Riga; and South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town (above). Make a point of chatting and getting acquainted with our foreign guests.



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CAJM's Professional Development Initiative has awarded CAJM Fellowships to the following emerging professionals:  Zachary Albert, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust; Rachel Kassman, Jewish Museum of Maryland; Rachel Bernstein, Skirball Cultural Center; and Erica Marcus, Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.  We are grateful to the funders who make this valuable program possible, noted below.


UJA Federation


Our annual conference would not take place without the generosity of some very important friends: the agencies, foundations, and individuals whose gifts and grants help to underwrite expenses. Several of these conference "angels" have made contributions for many years, and we are deeply indebted to all of them:  UJA-Federation of New York, David Berg Foundation, Joseph & Rebecca Meyerhoff Awards Committee, Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Rabbi Robert & Virginia Bayer Hirt, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller, Carol Brennglass Spinner, and Rina Scott Cowan. We are also most thankful for the essential support provided by our primary CAJM host institutions and sponsors:  Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Center for Jewish History, American Jewish Historical Society, and Yeshiva University Museum.  We encourage you to add personal thanks if you should encounter these special people. 


WeitzerDr. William H. Weitzer (right) is the new Executive Director of the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. Over three decades, Dr. Weitzer has served as an administrator and a consultant in strategic planning, institutional research, and assessment, most recently as Executive Vice President at Strauss, C.K.Connecticut's Fairfield University.  He considers his new role at LBI "an opportune way for me to bring together various aspects of my life - being of German-Jewish descent, having involvement in Jewish communal life, working closely with faculty and scholars, and applying my professional and management skills" for this"unparalleled archives of German-Jewish history." Dr. Weitzer succeeds Carol Kahn Strauss (right), who, after nearly two decades of leadership, becomes LBI's International Director.  We wish both of them success and fulfillment in their new endeavors, and welcome Dr. Weitzer to the CAJM network of colleagues.

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