Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | September 2014   
In This Issue
Conference Session on Audiences
Webinar on Collections
Op-Ed of Note
Plan for Advocacy Day
Exhibitions to Borrow
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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.



In addition to a spectacular location (California's Bay Area) and a provocative theme (Open Source: Jewish Museums and Collaborative Culture), the conference will feature dozens and dozens of outstanding presenters. Three of them will explore ways our organizations can better understand and engage audiences. In the session "Who's Invited?" Looking at Inclusion/Exclusion in Our Institutions, Dr. Tobin Belzer (Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University), Dr. Samira Mehta (American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, Museum of Jewish Heritage/A Living Memorial to the Holocaust), and Lisa Sasaki (Director, Audience & Civic Engagement Center, Oakland Museum of California) will share data and strategies for addressing our institutions' pasts while embracing new communities. We hope that you'll join them, and your CAJM colleagues, from March 8-10, 2015. Save the dates. Registration information will be available in early November.



If caring for collections is a primary responsibility for many CAJM museums, explaining that work can also be a challenge. This month's entry in the American Association of Museum's webinar series addresses the subject head-on. Educating Your Governing Body about Collection Stewardship, scheduled for Wednesday, September 24 from 2-3:30 pm ET, will include presenters from the AAM and the Science Museum of Minnesota, who will offer case studies and discuss how to structure orientation and training to ensure that museums meet standards and ethics and avoid putting objects, professional credibility or public trust at risk. Fees for the webinar range from $0-$50, depending on museum size and AAM membership status. Further information and registration.  



In case you missed it, here is a link to "Why Jews Are Worried," Deborah Lipstadt's August op-ed piece in the New York Times, responding to the increasing frequency of anti-Semitic acts and statements in Belgium, Denmark, France and Germany. Lipstadt, professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University and author, most recently, of The Eichmann Trial, was a speaker at CAJM's 2005 conference in Atlanta.



Last month we reminded CAJM institutions to invite members of Congress to come experience first-hand the exciting exhibitions, programs and services your museum provides to its

community. Of course, it is important to advocate for Federal support of arts and culture throughout the year, and the AAM is already planning for Museums Advocacy Day 2015. Whether or not you plan a trip to Capitol Hill, why not mark the dates, February 23-24, in your calendar and visit the AAM website to check out information and resources that will help your staff, Board and volunteers attract more attention to the fine work that you do.  



If you are wondering how to fill a gap in your exhibition schedule, how to extend the life of an exhibit through presentation at other venues, or simply looking for
inspiration, check out the Traveling Exhibitions page of the CAJM website. Nearly 100 different exhibits are posted there and are categorized by subject matter and format - from simple shows of paintings and photographs to major multi-media, participatory and high-tech experiences. Among them you'll find these two with an architectural focus:  Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism from the Contemporary Jewish Museum (left) and Mehitza: Seen by women. Ce que femme voit from artist-photographer Myriam Tangi (right).
And don't forget to let us know when one of your shows is ready to hit the road ...



CAJM offers resources for learning all year round on our website and at our annual conference, models professional standards, provides opportunities for information exchange, and works on behalf of Jewish museums and museums with Jewish content. One is the Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn, NY (right), where children and families of all backgrounds can explore Jewish history and heritage in a stimulating and interactive environment.


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