Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | October 2015
In This Issue
To Yerushalayim
Conference Hotel
Major Gifts to Bay Area
New Curator in OK
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.


Congratulations will be dispensed several times this issue, and the first time to these fortunate individuals who will be Fellows on CAJM's Mission to Israel next month: Lisa Kranselar, Executive Director, Washington State Jewish Historical Society; Sandra Oberdorfer, Program and Education Manager, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Center; Janine Okmin, Associate Director of Education, The Contemporary Jewish Museum; Ilana Segal, Curator of Collections, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership; and Ivy Weingram, Associate Curator, National Museum of American Jewish History. In addition to participating in the AEJM (Association of European Jewish Museums) annual conference in Jerusalem, they will share learning days with staff members of the Israel Museum and Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People. Best wishes for a wonderful experience, and renewed thanks to the Malka Fund and the Nadav Foundation for their support of the mission. 



The registration brochure for CAJM's annual conference in New York City, Next Narratives, the Stories We Tell (March 20-22), will be available next month. Even sooner than that, you can arrange your hotel accommodations at the Westin New York Grand Central. Located in midtown Manhattan 
within minutes of Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, and Broadway, the Westin offers wonderful city views and terrific amenities. To reserve, use this link or call 212-490-8900, and mention CAJM for the discounted conference rate, which will be available through February 23rd.



Congratulations - and abundant ones - are due to two of the member institutions we visited during CAJM's 2015 conference, each of which has been beneficiary of extraordinary largesse this fall. In San Francisco, The Contemporary Jewish Museum recently announced an unprecedented $3 million dollar grant - the single largest one since The CJM opened its new building in 2008 - from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. Funds will be used to create the 2,700-square-foot Helen Diller Institute, a collaborative space where distinguished visiting scholars and CJM staff will work together to create dynamic Jewish content and programs for The Museum's diverse audiences (left, late philanthropist Helen Diller). And last month, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley unveiled objects from the Peachy and Mark Levy Family Judaica Collection (right), representing the largest donation of objects to the museum since its founding in 1962. The collection includes more than 300 items for ritual use in the synagogue and the Jewish home. They were gathered from all across Europe, North Africa, Mandatory Palestine, Israel, and the United States, and span the 17th-20th centuries. These are inspiring achievements, and we are delighted for our colleagues.


Welcome and mazel tov to Mickel Yantz, the new Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Oklahoma City. For the past 11
years, Yantz created more than sixty exhibitions as Museum Curator at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK. Prior to that, he worked at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History
in Washington, D.C. Also an artist, illustrator, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Yantz is pleased to "continue the tradition of preserving and sharing the legacy of Jewish art, history and culture through exciting and engaging exhibitions." 


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The Jewish Museum of Maryland recently launched a new logo (left). Equally exciting is its new exhibition, Paul Simon: Words & Museum. Read Executive Director Marvin Pinkert's interesting blog post about how the show came to travel and to be adapted for Baltimore ... Another exhibition of note, Bezalel: In & Out in Jewish Contemporary Art, is now available for travel. Twenty-six artists are featured, all associated with the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Among them (right) are Emma Wolf (Ring and
House)and Itan Noy (Identity Watch). For further information and a copy of the catalogue, contact Dr. Shirat-Miriam Shamir, co-curator. 



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 Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago, where From Maxwell Street to Milwaukee Avenue Painted Portraits of a Chicago Family in the Shoe Business continues through January 17, 2016.


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