Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | September 2016
In This Issue
Shana Tova
Public History Session
New Horizons for Apelbaum
Jobs in MA and CA
Career Options
Exhibits to Visit
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.


Apple and honey
This has been an exciting year for the Council of American Jewish Museums. Just as we completed our conference in New York City last March, we began laying groundwork for our next conference in Boston and Amherst.  Several CAJM colleagues presented on a popular panel at AAM's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC last May, while others now prepare to present at MuseumNext's November conference. Our Professional Development Cohort of eight member institutions has been working closely with EmcArts on adaptive leadership skills.  We convened an Idea Lab about collections, and have organized informal seasonal gatherings in NYC for colleagues. After launching our first fellowships abroad program to Israel last fall, we have another destination to announce soon. Thank you to everyone in the CAJM community who has worked with us on new experiments and new strengths to share with Jewish museums and professionals. We look forward to more in the months ahead, and wish you all a very sweet New Year.  ~ Melissa Martens Yaverbaum


For those working in public history, passion for the content is often grounded in personal experience. As Richard Rabinowitz discovered when writing his forthcoming book Curating America, his own storytelling approach is deeply rooted in his Jewish background. At our upcoming conference, Transcending Boundaries: Redefining the Museum Experience (March 19-21 in Boston and Amherst, MA), Marsha Semmel and Richard will chair the session entitled  Negotiating Boundaries: Public History, Personal Identity, and Curatorial Voice. They'll be joined by other historians and interpretation professionals, including  Ken Turino , Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England; Laura Roberts , Independent Consultant; and Gretchen Sorin, Director and Distinguished Professor, Museum Studies, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta.


Apelbaum and American Jewish Archives director Gary Zola
After a long career at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington  (JHSGW), Laura Cohen Apelbaum  (seen right, with Gary Zola of the American Jewish Archives) decided to leave the organization at the end of July. During her tenure as Executive Director of the JHSGW and its Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, Apelbaum expanded the institution's activities and drew on a network of scholars, museum professionals, community and cultural contacts to elevate archival standards, program offerings, and strategic planning processes. Notably, she paved the way for the forthcoming physical expansion of the museum at a new location. A former CAJM Chair, Laura also represented the organization at AEJM conferences for more than a decade. We send her all good wishes and anticipate our paths crossing soon in the cultural sector. While a search for her successor commences, Deputy Director Wendy Turman is overseeing Society's programs and operation. 


While many CAJM colleagues work within our member institutions, we also have a broad network of professionals who are Individual Members. They make up a growing segment of our membership. Two of our newest individual members are
Andrea Ausztrics (left) and Maya Kopytman (right). Andrea, a freelance video artist and producer from Budapest, Hungary, currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, and is completing her doctoral dissertation on Jewish museums and new representations. Maya, a Partner at C&G Partners, specializes in interactive technologies and websites. She is internationally recognized for her work in designing interfaces for a variety of interactive media, and has received many prestigious honors in the industry.  We welcome new applications for Individual Membership, and look forward to adding new voices to our conversations.


New job openings are now available at Boston's  Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and  The Contemporary Jewish Museum . T he  MFA , which we will visit during the March conference, is seeking a  scholar in Judaica and Art History as  its first  Charles and Lynne Schusterman Curator of Judaica . In San Francisco, the  CJM is seeking a part-time Registrar Assistant  to work on exhibitions. This staff member will handle and 
store art work; coordinate the  borrowing and lending of objects; schedule and oversee delivery; prepare, install and disperse art objects; and maintain inventories and documentation related to temporary and loaned exhibitions.


Speaking of the CJM, we welcome Mark Reisbaum, who was recently appointed as the organization's Chief Philanthropy Officer. He comes to the museum following his work as S enior Director of Philanthropic Engagement 
at SF's Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. ... On October 4th
Cornell University Press will publish Marisa Scheinfeld's  book  (with exciting website extras) 
The  Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland An exhibition by the same name has already been presented at several CAJM museums and is available for additional venues. ... Vanessa Waltz recently shared her personal narrative  on the continuing impact of Anne Frank , which may be of interest to Holocaust institutions.


Photographer Wyatt Gallery has documented the oldest Jewish historic sites in the Western Hemisphere, including ones in Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, and Jamaica, as seen in the exhibition Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean currently at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in Miami (right). The Derfner Judaica Museum in 
Riverdale, NY recently installed a permant memorial to the victims ofthe 9/11 terrorist attacks, along the Hudson River facing Lower Manhattan. In Belgium, an exhibition about the Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg is on display at La Boverie. Also, Jerusalem 1000 -1400: Every People under Heaven (left) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art features some 200 works, a quarter of which come from Jerusalem, with key loans from its religious communities. If you would like to participate in a special tour of the Jerusalem exhibition for CAJM collagues, please e-mail at your first opportunity.


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