Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | August 2017
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Apply for Poland Fellowship
2018 Conference Theme
New Canadian Museum
Eateries at CAJM Museums
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.


Complete your application! CAJM is offering a limited number of competitive fellowships for its program to Poland in October of 2017. The trip is designed to immerse selected members in essential learning experiences abroad, with special access to key institutions and sites, as well as opportunities to talk with colleagues about the work of Jewish museums globally. See guidelines here. (Left, the Tempel Synagogue in Krakow)


Mark your calendars now for the next CAJM conference. It will take place in Washington, DC from February 25-27, 2018 , where we'll explore the theme of Responsibility and Empowerment . As our museums strive to fulfill their roles as both Jewish and civic institutions, they are asking important questions. What is our responsibility in Jewish and public life? What aspects of society need our critical attention? How can we best activate our potential? Our DC conference will bring into these conversations key thinkers doing compelling work, including those navigating institutional possibilities with impressive results.


Is your institution looking to expand or build a new facility in the coming years? CAJM wants to know about your plans for future growth. Please contact us here so we may know of any new buildings or expansions, whether ongoing or anticipated at a later date.


Although it began as an online presence with pop-up exhibits and walking tours, the Museum of Jewish Montreal is now based in a former Jewish garment factory outside the city's historic Jewish Mile End neighborhood. Fundraising included a successful Indiegogo campaign. The decision was made early on to keep the emphasis local, and the museum offers visitors new ways to interact with the history of Canada's oldest Jewish community.


Jewish food is an important part of Jewish life, history, culture, and tourism. A number of CAJM's member institutions have recently created wonderful cafés on their premises. Four offering contemporary, locally sourced twists on traditional fare: Lefty's at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Holocaust Education Center's new facility in Portland's Pearl District; LOX at the Museum of Jewish Heritage's Café Bergson; Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco; and Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum (right). CAJM plans to post a list of notable Jewish museum cafés on its website soon, so please let us know if there's something special we should know about. Image: Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum. Photo courtesy of Russ & Daughters


Two jobs, in development and public programming, are presently open at the Center for Jewish History; find out more about them here. ... Marcia Zerivitz, founding executive director of the Jewish Museum of Florida, is curating a new exhibit on Jewish life in Greater Orlando, which will open at the Orange County Regional History Center in November. ... And congratulations to the National Museum of American Jewish History, which received a major grant from the NEH for its upcoming exhibition Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music.


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