Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | December 2016
In This Issue
Collaborating With Scholars
Colleagues in Transition
CAJM Panels Elsewhere
Jobs & Other Opportunities
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.



CAJM SPRING CONFERENCE - Boston and Amherst, March 19-21, 2017

          Read the conference brochure and 
                         register now!



Where better than Western Massachusetts, home of the Five College Consortium, 
to talk about collaborations between museums and academic institutions? Museums regularly call on academic expertise, while scholars are eager for their work to reach a broad audience. On March 20, during our conference
day in Amherst, CAJM Conference Chairs Susan Bronson
and Gabriel
Sanders will l ead a plenary on New Directions in Museum and Academic Collaborations. It will feature James Young (UMass, Amherst; left), Ilan Stavans  (Amherst College; right), and Sam Kassow (Trinity College), who will share insights for maximizing the benefits of joint endeavors.


Are you an emerging talent in the Jewish museum profession who has not yet had the opportunity to attend a CAJM conference?  Until January 15 CAJM is accepting applications to bring talented newcomers with 1-6 years experience in the Jewish museum field to the March conference. See guidelines here to submit your application:.


After 35 years of Federal service in Washington, DC, and 29 years at the Smithsonian Institution, CAJM's friend and colleague Zahava D. Doering is departing the Smithsonian for new adventures in New York City. A University of Chicago-trained quantitative sociologist and ethnographer, Zahava is best known for her work in the field of museum visitor studies. She has been a senior fellow at Slover Linett Audience Research, editor of Curator: The Museum Journal, and a CAJM Board member and Advisor. She hopes that her new schedule will afford even more time for CAJM!


The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest has appointed Robin Doroshow  as its new executive director. With degrees in psychology, Judaic Studies, and law, Doroshow brings a legal background, as well as one in Jewish communal service. She was Development Director at the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis, and her writing has appeared in the American Jewish World and The Forward, among other publications. Doroshow will lead the JHSUM through its next phase in fulfilling its mission to promote the vitality and continuity of Jewish culture in the Upper Midwest through preservation, interpretation, and education.


The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives is accepting applications for its fellowship program. In 2017, 5-6 fellowship awards of $2,500-$5,000 will be granted to senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem. Topics in twentieth-century Jewish history, modern history, social welfare, migration, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas covered by the archival collections. Find out more here.


On November 14, CAJM colleagues presented a standout panel at the MuseumNext Conference, a gathering of international colleagues. CAJM's Melissa Martens Yaverbaum and Colin Weil were joined by colleagues  Christy ColemanBoon Hui Tan , and Hunter O'Hanian in continuing the theme of Next Narratives , the theme launched at our last conference in NYC and in a subsequent panel at AAM. ... For the  American Alliance of Museums' forthcoming
conference in St. Louis (May 7-10), CAJM will extend its 2017 theme on a panel featuring 
Deborah Cardin , Avi Decter , Lisa Sasaki , and Charles Beathea to explore how identity museums may "transcend boundaries"  in their future iterations.


There are openings for two guest curators at the National Museum of American Jewish History
(left): for an exhibition on the Movement for Soviet Jewry, and another on historic flags associated with the American Revolution and its centennial. ... You may find of interest a new survey and report on Jewish museums in Europe sponsored by The Rothschild Foundation (Yad Hanadiv). ... The Masters Program in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts at George Washington University is currently receiving applications and can offer some tuition subsidies thanks to the Jim Joseph Foundation. Students often intern and complete their Capstone Fellowships at Jewish 
museums. Applications must be submitted by February 1 for funding consideration. Find out more.


That's the name of the menorah Invitational exhibition (left) currently at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland. It's also our wish for our members ... and for our world. 
                 HAVE A HAPPY HANUKKAH!


As we get ready for big plans in 2017, we hope you might consider a donation to CAJM. The amount is up to you, and every bit helps us create more experiences for our members
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