Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | April 2015
 
In This Issue
Major Grants to JMM and JHSGW
Remembering Seymour Fromer
AAM Conference & Webcasts
Are You a History Leader?
Building Museums
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.

 

IDEA LAB EVENT

CAJM is convening a one-day Idea Lab (mini-conference) to address the discrepancy between Jewish museum collections and Jewish communities and communal agendas. A number of spots to this small program are available to those members interested in strategic change and community engagement. The $50.00 registration fee includes the program and lunch. If you would like to participate in this event, scheduled to take place in Philadelphia on May 21st, please contact Avi Decter by May 1st.

 

NEH GRANTS AWARDED TO CAJM MUSEUMS

We are delighted for our colleagues at the the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. Both museums received major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities last month. The JMM (below left) received a $300,000 implementation grant toward the interactive exhibition Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, scheduled to open in Spring 2016. The JHSGW (right) received a $40,000 grant (the maximum award in that category) for interpretive planning, as the organization develops a core exhibition for its new museum on the history of the Jewish community in the DC region. 

 

FILM TO PUT SPOTLIGHT ON SEYMOUR FROMER

Many of us recall with great fondness and admiration the late Seymour Fromer, visionary founder of the Magnes Museum in Berkeley and also one of CAJM's founders. Bill Chayes and Ava F. Khan are now working on a documentary, The New Jewish: The Fromers, 60s Berkeley, and Beyond, which will share his story, accomplishments, and contributions to Jewish cultural life. We encourage you to share memories of Seymour with the filmmakers and to follow the progress of the film.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING WITH AAM 

For those attending AAM's Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in Atlanta next week, make time to visit with colleagues at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. On Sunday The Breman will be hosting a Creative Coalitions reception and an Onsite Insights program - or you may just want to visit their current Maurice Sendak exhibit (below). If you won't make it to the conference this year, you might still take advantage of Perspectives on Museum Leadership, an upcoming three-part AAM webcast series, scheduled for May 6, 13 and 20th. CAJM Board member and recent Conference Co-Chair Marsha Semmel will be one of the lead presenters. The three focal topics: "21st Century Skills and Museum Leadership," "The Self-Aware Museum Leader," and "Aligning Leadership with Organizational and Career Goals". Read more about this series and how to register for it.

 

DEVELOPING HISTORY LEADERS

Those ready for a more concerted learning experience to develop skills, enhance knowledge and expand networks might consider applying to the SHA Class of 2015. In partnership with the AASLH, Developing History Leaders@SHA selects 21 individuals each year to engage with a distinguished faculty on matters ranging from interpretation and programming to finance and fundraising. The program will take place next October and November, but applications are due by May 18th. Explore the SHA website to learn more.

 

NEW SPACES FOR CAJM MUSEUMS 

The Maine Jewish Museum recently dedicated its Fineberg Family Community Room. The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education has moved onto the campus of Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY. There plans are underway for a new museum that will function as a resource and education center teaching lessons about the Holocaust and genocide. They have shared (right) a rendering from the conceptual plan.

 

LET US PUT A SPOTLIGHT ON YOU

CAJM offers resources for learning 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, like the Skirball Museum on the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR. The Museum recently received the Silver Award in Visual Communications from the Ohio Association of Museums for this handsome print piece announcing a photographic exhibition last fall.  

 

NEXT MONTH IS JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH!

                   
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