Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | August 2015
In This Issue
CAJM 2016
Sessions on YouTube
Programs for Colleagues
Going Global
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.


This year's forthcoming CAJM conference (March 20-22 in New York City) will be taking an in-depth look at the role of narratives through the many dimensions of our work. We are excited to be offering a fascinating session on Mission Alignment - Jewish Museums and Jewish Philanthropy.  It will explore how Jewish museums can better align with funding guidelines and communal priorities, attract critical support, and remain potent interpreters of Jewish culture now and in the future. Dr. Lila Corwin Berman, Associate Professor of History at Temple 
University (l.) will explore the topic with a range of thinkers, including Jeffrey Solomon (Charles and Andrea Bronfman Philanthropiesr.), Anita Contini (Bloomberg Philanthropiesc.), Ivy Barsky (National Museum of American Jewish History), and Tal Gozani (Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles).



Several sessions from our 2015 conference are now available on YouTube. Follow this link to the CAJM videos page or view individual sessions: Building Common Capital - Together; The Anticipatory Museum; Technology and Mission; and New Directions in Philanthropy.




New York City colleagues have started hosting events for CAJM members at their home institutions around the city. These no-cost events - featuring speakers, curators, tours and more - are open to CAJM members. If you live outside of New York, but travel there regularly and would like to receive notices about programs, please contact Melissa Martens Yaverbaum to be placed on the e-mail list. The next event will take place on September 9 from 6-8pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and will feature historian Timothy Snyder, who will give a special introduction to CAJM colleagues. RSVP to Melissa for the September 9 event, and also be in touch if you would like to set up regional programming in your own part of the country.



If you're traveling next month, keep in mind that European Days of Jewish Culture takes place throughout September. Thirty-two different countries are participating in 2015, including ones in the UK, Scandinavia, Western, Central and Eastern Europe. You'll find klezmer concerts in Antwerp, a theatrical guided tour of Jewish Segovia, panels on interreligious dialogue in Copenhagen, Krakow or Tbilisi ... and much more. Check the full schedule here. And if you're not traveling, you might participate in an education-oriented Global Collaboration Day. On September 17th, students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate and practice global collaboration. Global educators and other professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. One goal is to introduce educators to resources, projects, and networks they might not know about. Non-profits (e.g., museums) are welcome to take part as attendees or by hosting an event. Visit the website.


Photographs by two members of the Temple Judea Museum Artists' Collaborative were accepted into a Juried Photo Exhibition sponsored by the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibition,
scheduled to open at the Harrisburg institution in October, focuses on Pennsylvania Modern Architecture, so both Marlene D'Orazio Adler 
(image to left) and Stan Singer (to right) chose as their subject the museum's host building, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel. Jurors included the editor-in-chief of Preservation Magazine, the executive director of the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, and a Philadelphia-based photojournalist. With these as a reminder, please share with us your favorite photos of your museum or gallery.


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Congratulations to the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington/Small Museum and The Jewish Museum for terrific articles in the Forward and Art News, respectively.The former addressed the JHSGW's upcoming expansion, and the latter concerned The JM's National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting. ... More interesting articles to peruse: one on Instagram and art from a recent New Yorker and another on curators and the museum-gallery divide from the New York 
 Times. ... If you're putting together a session for next year's AAMnote that the deadline is August 31. Here are the guidelines. ... Finally,
some sad news. We recently learned of the death in May of CAJM's good friend Frances Hess. In addition to her many years of service to the Bernard Museum at New York's Temple Emanu-El, she was a member of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College and an officer of the American Jewish Committee. Condolences to her friends and family. May her memory be for a blessing.



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 Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA, where Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution continues through October 11. At the moment there is also an interesting job opening at the Skirball, for a Vice President, Director of Cultural Programs.


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