Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | February 2015
In This Issue
Just a Month Away
Rent or Borrow Exhibits
Engage Exciting Speakers
New Master's Program
Jobs in the Field
CAJM is ... 
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.



Open Source: Jewish Museums + Collaborative Culture (March 8-10) is just around the corner; we will see many of you in the Bay Area next month. And it's been a particularly busy month for Conference Co-Chair Anita Kassof, who began a new job as executive director of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Check out this wonderful article, which includes her thoughts on ethnic-specific museums, in the Baltimore Jewish Times. One last conference reminder: There's still time to register, but just two more days to benefit from the CAJM rate at the Marriott Marquis. Book online or call (800) 228-9290 by February 12.



The Traveling Exhibitions pages on the CAJM website can be a great resource for planning. Here we highlight a few new additions. According to the New New Haven Independent, No One Remembers Alone: Memory, Migration and the Making of an American Family (left) is an "engrossing" and "original" exhibit that traces diverging family members
from Czarist Russia to new lives on three different continents. Contact curator Patricia Klindienst for more information. The popular exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American from the National Museum of American Jewish History is now available to rent in one of two different formats. Finally,
Hanno Loewy, director of the Jewish Museum Hohenems (Austria), tells us that CAJM members may want to learn more about Jukebox. Jewkbox! A Jewish Century on Shellac & Vinyl (above), a current show that should be available to travel in the not-too-distant future. Sounds like fun.



Shira Moskovitz Uriarte of the Association for Jewish Studies has reminded us about AJS's Distinguished Lectureship Program. Through this speakers' bureau, she can connect your programming staff with an array of specialists on such subjects as Jewish food and identity, Jews in American musical theater, Jews and France, Jews of the Ukraine, the Pew Study, or Israel past and present. Browse through the many possibilities on the AJS website or send Uriarte an email.



... and to share information with colleagues. It's easy to sign up for this user-friendly social platform, which will be an essential part of the Open Source conference. Find things to do in San Francisco, reading material posted by conference session chairs, and late-breaking news. Follow this link to sign up. Let us know what you're up to and are looking forward to. 



Of interest to younger museum professionals and others hoping to expand horizons: The George Washington University is now offering a unique Master's Program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts. This interdisciplinary program brings together faculty from Museum

Education and Judaic Studies to train the next generation of professionals

in Jewish arts and culture: the visual arts, dance, film, music and theater. It prepares individuals for leadership positions in Jewish museums and other cultural settings while seeking to generate new forms of Jewish communal engagement. The impressive faculty includes Lotte LentCarol Stapp, and Jenna Weissman Joselit (right), who, appropriately, will be part of our Brainstorm: Growing the Profession panel discussion at the upcoming conference.



The American Alliance of Museums provides less formal avenues for honing skills and acquiring new ones. Two webinars this months are devoted, respectively, to Interpretive Planning for Small Museums (February 18th) and Exhibition Label Writing at Its Best (February 23rd).
The webinars range in price from free to modest, depending on the size of your institution, as outlined by AAM's tiers. Speaking of AAM, if you plan to be involved with Museum Advocacy Day in Washington (February 23-24), please let us know about your experiences and any lessons that might benefit CAJM members.



If you feel ready for new professional challenges, remember that CAJM lists Career Opportunities in Jewish museums and allied organizations within the website's Professional Development section. That section requires a member password, so please be in touch if you need one. Here is an interesting opening in Western Pennsylvania: The Heinz History Center (above), a Smithsonian affiliate, seeks a Director for its Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives. And please keep us posted if your museum has positions to fill.



The Leo Baeck Institute, the superb research library devoted to German-Jewish history and based at New York's Center for Jewish Historyis creating a new portal for its art collection (to left, Max Liebermann's Woman in a Cabbage Field). Staff members are trying to figure out how best to serve the interests of curators who might be searching within their collection for items to borrow. If you would be willing to answer a few questions on this simple online form, they would be grateful.



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 throughout North America. One is the Jewish Museum of Maryland, whose current exhibition on the astonishing figure of Mendes Cohen - soldier, banker, adventurer, politician, philanthropist - is reportedly ... well, A-Mazing!...


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