Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | September 2015
In This Issue
Conference Preview
JTS Expands Arts Programming
Sharing Collegial Collections
Exhibition and Walking Tours for Members
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.


The Story is the New Object: Workshop on Oral Storytelling will be offered on the Sunday afternoon of our upcoming conference (Next Narratives: The Stories We Tell, March 20-22). Moderated by Judith Rosenbaum, Director of the Jewish Women's Archive, 
it will feature Christa Whitney, Director, Wexler Oral History Project, 
Yiddish Book Center 
Jayne Guberman
, Director of Oral History, Jewish Women's Archive; and Luke Gerwe, Managing Director, Voice of Witness (left). During this hands-on workshop, you can learn from these leaders in the field, find out how oral histories and new types of storytelling apply to Jewish museums, and acquire some new techniques.



As the campus at New York's Jewish Theological Seminary undergoes a major renovation and expansion, a new initiative seeks to create and sustain arts programming at the institution. Throughout the academic year 2015/2016, a series of art installations will be presented under the umbrella of Traversing Tradition: Transformation in and of Contemporary Jewish Life.  Curator Rebecca Pristoop
and JTS's Visual Arts Committee (co-chaired by our Derfner Museum colleague Susan Chevlowe) selected artists Tamar Ettun, Jake Levin, Angela Strassheim, Silvio Wolf, Gil Yefman, and Sarah Zell Young, who will employ video, photography and neon, and draw inspiration from Jewish texts and traditions associated with dietary laws, prayer, birth, and death.



Ten museums in London recently conducted a collection swap via Instagram, highlighting items from collegial collections that resonated with their own. Something for CAJM members to consider, perhaps. Right, a telephone exhibit from the Science Museum that the Design Museum shared. See last month's New York Times article.


Coming up in October, two more programs designed with CAJM members in mind: On Thursday, October 8, the Museum at Eldridge Street will offer a special walking tour, "The Secret History of the Lower East Side," from 6-8 pm. Discover the hidden history and current life of the neighborhood's architectural gems: the abandoned Loew's Theater, Jarmulowsky Bank, Forward Newspaper Building, and even a former red light district. The tour will be followed by a special welcome and wine reception for CAJM colleagues at the museum. On Wednesday, October 28,Yeshiva University Museum will present a special Model Maker's Tour of the
exhibition Modeling the Synagogue--from Dura to Touro. In conjunction with its founding in 1973, YUM commissioned ten scale models of historic synagogues reflecting the geographic breadth of the Jewish world across centuries. Top model makers Mary Creede and John Jerard will explore the modeling process and approaches to modeling over the decades, followed by a special wine reception for CAJM colleagues. The event is also scheduled for 6-8pm. If you would like to attend either event in October, please RSVP to Melissa Martens Yaverbaum.


דעם און אַז
Holocaust Museum Houston will host the 2015 World Conference for Child Survivors of 
the Holocaust and Their Descendants, scheduled for October 9-12, 2015. ... The Washington State Jewish Historical Society has been awarded the David Douglas Award for its exhibit Shalom! Open for Business. ... Due to a renovation, Temple Israel in Port Washington, NY is seeking to identify a new home for three wall tapestries that have adorned the synagogue for many years.They focus, respectively, on the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, the covenant of Shabbat, and the Noah story. If any would be of interest for a museum collection, contact Allison White.



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 Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, where the position of Curator is currently open and an expanded museum is in the works. (Right, young people visiting the 1876 building that is the museum's current headquarters.)


Shana Tova Chag Sameach 


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