Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | November 2015
In This Issue
Time to Register
Rygle Joins The CJM
Foreign Perspectives
Time to Give Thanks
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.


Over the past few months, we have previewed many of the offerings that will be available to you at our annual conference (Next Narratives: The Stories We Tell, March 20-22, New York City). The brochure has just been posted online, so now you can take a closer look at the full,
intriguing program of lectures, workshops, performances and special events. The Early Bird rate will be available for two full months - until January 22, 2016 - but that is no reason to put off making plans. Inside you will also find information about booking at the conference hotel.



Early this month, Anastasia Rygle was appointed Associate Curator of The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. With expertise in American and European art from 1930-present, she is particularly interested in avant-garde and experimental practices, and in Andy Warhol and his circle. Rygle served as assistant curator at the Queens Museum; and held fellowships and internships at several cultural organizations, including the Dia Foundation for the Arts. She has guest curated exhibitions for the Portland Art Museum (OR), Invisible Exports (NY) and Milk Gallery (NY), and has been an editor since 2014 for Reel Art Press, London. Her first project for The CJM will be will be leading preparations for a 2016 Stanley Kubrick retrospective.


While Jewish-American narratives challenge us at home, very different narratives and audiences shape Jewish museums overseas. One session at the upcoming conference will feature three representatives of international Jewish museum projects, who will reveal how Jewish-museum
storytelling can change dramatically from place to place: Hanno Loewy
, director of Jewish Museum Hohenems (Austria) and president, since 2011, of the Association of European Jewish Museums; Natan Meir, Lorry I. Lokey Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University and a
consultant for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow; and Orit Shaham-Gover, curator of Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv.


דעם און אַז
The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is among the charitable organizations that have partnered with Amazon's Smile program. Find out how your institution can participate in the program; then you can encourage your supporters to direct 0.5% of their Amazon purchases to your activities. ... Last month, our Boston colleagues, the Jewish Women's Archive and Mayyim Hayyim, were celebrated by Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community in New York City as part of the Better Work, Better Life Campaign. (Image right, from Mayyim Hayyim's current exhibition Into the Blue: Works by Alison Shaw) ... Please tell us about your accomplishments and innovations.


In all parts of the country, where dwindling Jewish communities and small congregations must think about the future of community assets, including buildings, religious and historic artifacts, and cemeteries, the Atlanta-based Jewish Community Legacy Project is trying to assist. This article in the Jerusalem Report will tell you all about it (left, former Ahavath Chesed synagogue in Pocahontas, VA; courtesy ISJL). And, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, here is an interesting article from the Washington Post reporting on a University of Southern California research study with Holocaust survivors, looking at the subject of gratitude. Read on. (Right, photo by Bob Donaldson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and WAPO)



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 The Anne Frank Center USA, a recent addition to CAJM's membership roster, which, in addition to its touring exhibitions, is currently sponsoring Helpers, Heroes and LiberatorsPrograms commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War in Europe.


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