Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | June-July 2015
In This Issue
CAJM 2016
Invite Congress to Visit
Federal Affairs
Clever Ideas
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.



Please join us for Next Narratives: The Stories We Tell, which will convene in New York City from March 20-22, 2016.  The program will explore the themes and narratives of our institutions and our imaginations. Outstanding cultural and communal leaders - combined with the extraordinary resources of New York City - will help illuminate the relevance, meanings, shifts and uses of stories in our museums. Balancing the conceptual, strategic, and practical, Next Narratives will consider how stories can be used to embrace diversity, engage new audiences and stakeholders, and inform Jewish museums' changing role. Gravity Goldberg (Associate Director of Public Programs, The Contemporary Jewish Museum), left, and Colin A. Weil (Director of Marketing, The Jewish Museum), right, are this year's Program Co-Chairs, overseeing conference themes and planning. Future issues of CAJM E-News will reveal more about theme, formats, sessions, and presenters, or find out more now.



We've gathered food for thought and conversation: commentary on the Pew Research Center's A Portrait of Jewish Americans by Leonard Saxe, Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Social Policy at Brandeis University; two guides from the Wallace Foundation to help strengthen audience development efforts; and a booklet from the Network of European Museum Organizations offering a European Perspective on the Essential Qualities of Museums



The American Alliance of Museums has made it easy to engage your federal, state and local public officials by organizing the "Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week", which this year will take place August 8-15. Find out all about it, including a "How To" guide and draft invitation letters, here





If you didn't have a chance to watch President Barack Obama's speech during his May visit to Adas Israel Congregation in DC,
follow this link to hear what he had to say 
(right, Official White House photo/Pete Souza). Also, here is one good place to keep tabs on Federal Grant Opportunities. And speaking specifically of the NEA and NEH, you can help support legislation now moving through Congress that would maintain level funding for these two agencies, as well as for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.



Kudos to three member museums for creative programs and technologies: The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust sponsored a wittily titled program, "L''Dough V'Dough," that brought Holocaust survivors into local schools for multi-generational challah baking (left); the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU held an "Edit-a-Thon" during Jewish American Heritage Month, hosted by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, that enlisted supporters in creating Wikipedia pages on American Jewish history, featuring objects from the Museum's collection. The Breman Museum in Atlanta has introduced its own Historic Jewish Atlanta app (right). Please let us know about other apps that you have produced or which might be in the works



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 Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, OH. Next fall the Museum presents Violins of Hope, a major, multimedia exhibition celebrating the human spirit and the power of music, featuring twenty instruments rescued after the Holocaust.


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