Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | February 2016
In This Issue
Noted Illustrator Joins Us
New Traveling Exhibit
Thanks to a Colleague
Provenance Conference
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 multi-talented Maira Kalman - author, illustrator, and frequent contributor to The New Yorker -  will be our guest on the Sunday evening of next month's annual conference (March 20-22 in NYC). Kalman's work has been seen in Jewish and non-Jewish museums alike, and is known for its wit, whimsy, and wisdom. Joining in conversation with her son Alex Kalman, f ounder of Do Good, Mmuseumm, and the My Block Education Network, the two will chat about storytelling, Jewish and non-Jewish spaces, Jewish content and contexts. This program at The Jewish Museum is just one of the many offerings at this year's conference.  Review the program and register today! Also, be sure to book your room at the Westin Grand Central  before February 23rd for the conference rate.


For the past couple of years the George Eastman Museum has been circulating an interesting exhibition that may be appropriate for your museum. A World Apart: Photographs of Hasidic Communities in Israel by Pavel Wolberg is available through 2018 and consists of 18 striking prints. The exhibit can be booked for 8, 10 or 12 weeks. This brochure tells you more about the photographer, his affinity for the subject, additional images, and fee and contact information.


After fifteen years, David Marwell recently stepped down from his position as Director and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Under his leadership, the museum expanded both physically, with an 82,000-square-foot addition, and in the richness and diversity of its programming. Prior to joining MJH, David served as Associate Director at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Earlier in his career, he ran the Berlin Document Center, was Executive Director of the Assassination Records Review Board, and worked in the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations. There, among other activities, he helped to hunt for Nazi War Criminal Josef Mengele, the subject for a book project he has now undertaken. David has been a gracious host for several CAJM conferences and a supportive colleague to many of our members. We are grateful to David, and we look forward to his book and other future endeavors.


Collecting & Display , the Israel Museum , and the 
H ebrew University of Jerusalem 
are co-sponsoring a major conference, Collecting and Provenance: Usage, Authenticity and Ownership, to be held November 13-16, 2016 at the Israel Museum. This detailed call for papers may be of interest to CAJM's curators, researchers, registrars, conservators, or administrators.  


Christiane Bauer ( left) and Martin Moeller have joined the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington as, respectively, Curator and Senior Curatorial Consultant. Bauer worked at the Jewish Museum Berlin for seven years and subsequently at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany. Moeller has been Senior Vice President/Senior Curator at the National Building Museum for fifteen years, and also works as an independent curator, writer, and editor. ... The Jewish History Museum in Tucson is seeking a Director of Operations for its expanded campus. ...  Rita Rosen Poley, on behalf of the Anolic Family Awards, encourages curators to nominate emerging artists for a $750 prize, per this announcement ... Congratulations to our friends at the B eth Tzedek Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum in Toronto on the congregation's new history ( right), published this fall. The Dennis Museum houses North America's 5th largest Judaica collection.


Webinars and seminars from the American Alliance of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History will help keep your information current and your skills refreshed.


If CAJM members would like to make brochures available on the opening day of the conference (March 20), please send them to Warren Klein, Temple Emanu-El, One East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065 in early March so that he will have them no later than March 16th. 


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 Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at JCC Manhattan, where Laurie Swanson: Resistance opens on March 10. As here, the four-foot-tall artist often attempts to conceal herself in order to simultaneously resist and call attention to the viewer's gaze.  


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