Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | July 2017
In This Issue
2018 Conference in Washington
Fellowships to Poland
Welcoming Colleagues
Time to Advocate
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 is thrilled to announce that its next conference will be held in the nation's capital, Washington, DC. Program Chairs Marsha Semmel, Zachary Levine, and Juliana Ochs Dweck will frame important conversations about our institutions' role in society, our civic responsibilities, our ability to empower audiences, and the complexities of national narratives. The vast museum resources of DC are sure to make this a rich and meaningful conference. Mark your calendars for
February 25-27, 2018!


CAJM is making available a limited number of travel fellowships to member
colleagues for a week of learning in Po land this October. The program is developed in conjunction with Taube Jewish Heritage Tours and with input from Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett . Applications for this competitive program are due on August 28, 2017 . To learn more, visit our website's  Poland fellowships page . ( Photo by W. KryƄski / POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews) 


Kara Blond has been selected as the new Executive Director for the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington . Currently serving as Director
of Exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, she begins her work at the JHSGW in September. She will lead the Society's operations, as well as planning for the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum in its new building at Washington's Capitol Crossing. ... The Center for Jewish History has named David N. Myers (right) as the organization's new President and Chief Executive Officer. Myers, a distinguished historian of modern Jewry, was a Professor of Jewish  

History in UCLA's History Department and taught at the University for  25 years. He began his new duties at the Center on July 1st. ... The new Executive Director of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is Kenneth Hoffman . He comes to the museum after positions at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana State Museum, and the National World War II Museum, most recently as its Director of Education. 


Though subcommittees of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed their annual funding legislation for agencies such as  IMLS, NEA, and NEH with only small reductions, this is just an early step. There will be further votes on the budget by the two Appropriations Committees and the full House and Senate. AAM and eight other organizations have organized a field-wide letter to Congress in support of Federal programs and agencies that help us serve our communities. More than 525 museums have already added their names. If you have not done so, AAM has made it simple via this link. The deadline to sign on to the letter is this Friday, July 21.


... to Slingshot's class of 2017, including three CAJM members: the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, and Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh. Our congratulations go to these members and to 47 other friends and collegial institutions doing innovative programs. Read about Slingshot's philosophy and these honors here.


The Breman Museum in Atlanta has posted for a Curator, to be responsible for curatorial and registrarial tasks related to exhibitions. The OJMCHE in Portland (left) is seeking an Educator to provide creative and strategic education programs focusing on Oregon Jewish history, the history of discrimination and resistance in Oregon, and the history of the Holocaust. And the Skirball Cultural Center seeks an arts administrator as Program Associate  for its Jewish Life and Community Programs. (Image: KOIN 6)


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