Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | August 2016
In This Issue
OJM to Relocate
Building Plans for JHSGW
New Leader at the MJH
Career Opportunities
Reports from All Over
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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.


In 2017, the  Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will move into a new home at 724 NW Davis Street in Portland, the former home of the Museum of Contemporary Craft . The OJMCHE, which currently resides in a leased space in northwest Portland, recently completed a feasibility study focusing on a permanent location  -  just as the MOCC facility went on the market. Within a few months, a group of just over 30 donors helped raise the $5 million needed to purchase the space. The move will more than double the Museum's footprint, from 6,900 to approximately 15,000 square feet, providing room for more national and international exhibition galleries; space for a core exhibition; a 100-seat auditorium for public programming; a gift shop; and a small cafĂ©. A photographic exhibition running through late September will be the last one at the Museum's current location.


The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington has released this conceptual rendering of the planned exterior of its new museum complex, developed by architects SmithGroup JJR. The new structure will be situated alongside the historic former Adas Israel  synagogue (home to the Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum ) at Third and F Streets, NW,  within the $1.3-billion mixed-used project known as Capitol Crossing. Before the end of the year, the synagogue building will be moved to a temporary location until the new site is ready. Once permanently situated, it will be complemented by the modern facility shown here - to include an airy lobby, multi-purpose room, three exhibition galleries, office suite, and program spaces. This time-lapse video shows ongoing work at Capitol Crossing; the historic synagogue (in its current location at Third and G Streets) is visible at center toward the back of the frame.


The Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has announced the appointment of Michael S. Glickman to lead the institution as its President and CEO. Currently the Chief of Strategic Partnerships and University Advancement at Long Island University (LIU) and former head of the Center for Jewish History (CJH), he will join the MJH on September 1st. Glickman spent close to a decade at the CJH, which houses five cultural organizations. He holds degrees in Public Administration and Political Science from Columbia University and LIU. Said Glickman, "I'm very much looking forward to working with the Museum's outstanding staff and dedicated board as we expand the work of the institution and build on its extraordinary legacy." 


Two leadership positions are currently available at CAJM member institutions. In Miami, the 
search is on for an energetic and entrepreneurial Executive Director to lead the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (left). Reporting to the Provost of Florida International University, this individual should be bold, experienced, entrepreneurial, and visionary, able to bring vitality and direction to the museum; enhance its cultural and educational mission; augment its financial resources; and develop and implement strategic plans. See the full job description and procedure for application. In New York City, Yeshiva University Museum (exhibition image, right) is looking for a dynamic, skilled, and dedicated
individual to serve as its Development and External Relations Officer, with re sponsibility for  all aspects of institutional advancement: donor cultivation, stewardship, event-based and seasonal solicitations, overseeing and strengthening YUM's membership program, and helping to grow and broaden the Museum's community and its presence both in New York and beyond. Read more about the position here .


Historic-site museums may want to investigate an upcoming preservation award opportunity from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (nomination deadline closes  August 15). ... Use simple tools provided by the American Alliance of Museums and Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum between  August 6 and 13 . ... Benefit from important lessons on audience development contained in a recent, downloadable Wallace Foundation  case study  (right) that analyzed strategies deployed by The Contemporary Jewish Museum  to broaden its audience and engage families of diverse backgrounds, resulting in a nearly nine-fold increase in visitation by families over a seven-year period. 


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 throughout North America. Collegial institutions from other parts of the world can also affiliate, as did the Jewish Museum London. The result of a 1995 amalgamation of two preexisting cultural institutions in the English capital, the Museum has operated in its Camden Town location since 2010, with a mission to "surprise, delight and engage all people, irrespective of background or faith, in the history, identity and culture of Jews in Britain: by inspiring discovery, provoking questions and encouraging understanding." Currently on display there through mid-October: Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl, a temporary exhibition developed by the Jewish Museum Hohenems in collaboration with the Jewish Museum Munich.


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