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Welcome to the Jewish Museum, a museum in New York City at the intersection of art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Whether you visit our home in the elegant Warburg mansion on Museum Mile, or engage with us online, there is something for everyone. Through our exhibitions, programs, and collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media, visitors can journey through 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture from around the world.


As an art museum representing the diversity of Jewish culture and identity, the Jewish Museum believes in free expression and an open society. We embrace multiple viewpoints regardless of race, gender, national origin, or religion, and we oppose discrimination in all its forms.


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As Jewish Museums, How Do We Transcend Boundaries? Read More

Melissa Martens Yaverbaum, Council of American Jewish Museums Executive Director, at CAJM Annual Conference

Established in 1977, the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM) strengthens the Jewish museum field in North America by training museum staff and volunteers, advocating on behalf of Jewish museums, and fostering a collegial network. This year’s annual CAJM conference explored the challenges, opportunities, and strategies for stimulating new thinking for the future of Jewish museums in America. The Jewish Museum’s Grace Astrove, Development Officer for Exhibitions and Natalia Miller, Special Events Manager, attended the conference and asked: as Jewish museums, how do we transcend boundaries?

Jewish cultural institutions are at a crossroads. Museums are equipped to overcome boundaries of all kinds and adapt to changes, but as CAJM Executive Director Melissa Martens Yaverbaum explained, “Museums can no longer simply be the collectors and keepers of our heritage; they must also be dynamic environments and centers for cultural exploration.”

Attendee at the Council of American Jewish Museums Annual Conference

In the year 2017, how do we as Jewish museums, better understand and serve our new audiences, including millennials and non-traditional Jewish museum visitors? Opening the conference, Fern Chertok of Brandeis University coined the term “Minhag Millennials”: Jews who identify as being Jewish, but don’t necessarily have the typical Jewish education or background. Accordingly, Chertok’s 2015 report on Millennial Children of Intermarriage released by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University found that 60% of millennials identifying as Jews are from intermarriage, and that this form of identity is becoming more normative in the Jewish community. This group has a history of bi-culturalism, which is central to their identity. Engaging with this group therefore has been a way to engage not only millennials, but also their multi-faith families.

Many Jewish organizations today are also grappling with how to be more inclusive with their constituents overall. Identifying this urgency as millennials ourselves, we organized a panel discussion exploring a variety of approaches to engaging the next generation of Jewish museum visitors and patrons. The speakers, Victoria Rogers of Kickstarter Arts, Graham Wright of the Opus Affair, and Josephine Ho of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presented on social engagement strategies, new fundraising techniques, and the state of young patron programs. In order to reach this group of individuals who are exceedingly diverse in their wants and needs, Jewish museums need to be varied, engaging, and purposeful in their offerings. As the future generation of constituents and supporters, this is a vital time for Jewish museums to understand and appreciate this group.

Grace Astrove with “Millennials: Engaging the Next Generation of Supporters” presenters Graham Wright, the Opus Affair; Victoria Rogers of Kickstarter Arts; and Josephine Ho, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jewish museums can also be places of cross-cultural gathering and advocacy. The Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center in Tucson, Arizona, began a tolerance and diversity-training program for the Tucson Police Department through learning about the Holocaust, which included meeting with survivors. After the success of the program, they’ve begun new partnerships and collaborations with other community organizations by simply providing space or knowledge-based resources. These new partnerships have helped to bring in new audiences and to create cross-cultural narratives in the Tucson Jewish story.

This year’s conference provided three days of stimulating and illuminating conversations about the state of our organizations. We have reached a turning point where we must challenge what it means to be a Jewish museum today. In order to remain impactful and relevant, we need to expand our traditional audience boundaries and programming expectations. The strides that many Jewish institutions have already made are exceptional, and we look forward to seeing more progress, more discussion, and more collaboration yet to come.

— Grace Astrove, Development Officer for Exhibitions and Natalia Miller, Special Events Manager


As Jewish Museums, How Do We Transcend Boundaries? was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Pride, Empathy, and a Cry for Compassion Read More

For the month of June, the Jewish Museum invited writer and activist Adam Eli to explore works of art in the Jewish Museum collection that celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month through four themes: persecution, empathy, activism, and the diversity of identity. Part three of the series explores empathy.

The gay and Jewish people both have histories filled with violence and discrimination. It is only natural that the feeling of empathy — the ability to share and understand the suffering of others — plays a large role in both communities. Empathy is the ultimate remuneration from persecution.

Nicole Eisenman, Seder, 2010. Oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York. Purchase: Lore Ross Bequest; Milton and Miriam Handler Endowment Fund; and Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee Fund

The Jewish people have a long history of empathizing with others and fighting for social justice. I believe this tradition of empathy is in part a result of Passover, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the Israelites’ redemption from slavery in Egypt, as told in the Book of Exodus. The Passover seder, as depicted by artist Nicole Eisenman, is an annual reminder to the Jewish People about our roots as slaves.

Anyone who has attended a Passover seder may be familiar with the excitement, boredom, exhaustion, hunger and intensity that Eisenman portrays on the faces of her guests. Seder is seen from the perspective of the seder leader, who directs the evening’s rituals as the Exodus story is retold.

This year I had the pleasure of leading my first seder with my dear friend the artist Chloe Wise at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery. I explained to our guests that Passover is a holiday entirely about empathy. The Torah says in Exodus 23:9

“You shall not oppress a stranger; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”
Arnold Newman, Elie Wiesel, New York City, 1985. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Augusta and Arnold Newman. 1994–21

Holocaust survivor, writer, and my role model Elie Wiesel said it best:

“I love Passover because for me it is a cry against indifference, a cry for compassion.”

Arnold Newman’s 1985 photograph of Wiesel is a portrait of compassion. Known for his environmental portraits, Newman captures the gentleness
of the subject’s face, which speaks to the humanity and empathy that defined Wiesel’s life-long message. After surviving Auschwitz concentration camp, Wiesel became writer, professor, activist, humanitarian, and Nobel Laureate. He has been called “a messenger to mankind,” “a grandson of the Jewish People,” and notably by President Barack Obama, “the conscience of the world.” Elie Wiesel was also a lifelong advocate for gay rights. In 1989, he was honored by The Human Rights Campaign, and said to the crowd:

“Those who hate you, hate me…Bigots do not stop at classes, at races, or at lesbians and gays. Those who hate, hate everybody.”

I was recently asked, “Why are you marching in a Pride parade if gay people now have the same rights as straight people?” I explained that even though gay marriage is now legal in the United States, LGBTQIAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Ally) communities are still marginalized. The majority do not have the same rights as gay men; queer people, particularly trans and gender-nonconforming people of color, continue to suffer greatly in America. Abroad, a majority of LGBTQ people are not safe in their countries. I march because gay men are being put into concentration camps in Chechnya. I march because 17 trans women have been murdered in America already this year. I march because my ancestors were once slaves in Egypt.

To me, Pride Month, the Passover seder, and Elie Wiesel’s legacy, all carry the same message. Until the world is free of discrimination, I will march in the Pride parade. I march because Pride is empathy in motion.

— Adam Eli, Guest Contributor


Pride, Empathy, and a Cry for Compassion was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Pride, Oppression, and Persecution Read More

For the month of June, the Jewish Museum invited writer and activist Adam Eli to explore works of art in the Jewish Museum collection that celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month through four themes: persecution, empathy, activism, and the diversity of identity. Part two of the series explores works of art that tell the story of oppression and persecution in the LGBT and Jewish communities.

Pride Month takes place in June to celebrate the Stonewall Riots of June 28, 1969, a series of demonstrations by the LGBT community against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City — arguably the first large-scale protest against gay and queer oppression in history. At its root, Pride Month is a political celebration of a resistance to persecution. My gay and Jewish ancestors share a history of discrimination and brutality. When a people are subject to such violent treatment, their stories are reflected in art. This week’s theme is persecution.

In the 1980s and 90s, AIDS swept through the LGBT community like a plague. I have always viewed Pride Month, in part, as a memorial to these victims. How many lives could have been saved had Ronald Reagan and the FDA dropped their prejudice and acted faster? On the occasion of Pride, we assert our queer existence and march in honor of the fallen.

AA Bronson, Jorge, February 3, 1994, 1994, printed 2000. Sepia prints on Mylar

In this chilling 1994 photograph in the Jewish Museum collection, artist Jorge Zontal asked his friend and collaborator AA Bronson to take photographs of his body days before he died of AIDS. “Jorge’s father had been a survivor of Auschwitz,” Bronson recalls, “and he had the idea that he looked exactly as his father had on the day of his release. He wanted to document that similarity, that family similarity of genetics and disaster.” Zontal and Bronson, together with Felix Partz, formed the collective General Idea and created over 70 attention-grabbing public art projects that addressed the AIDS crisis from 1987 until 1994, when both Zontal and Partz died of AIDS-related causes.

Bronson’s photograph brings to light a rarely discussed but extremely important tragedy: in one of the darkest moments of human history, homosexuals and Jews walked, died, and survived side by side. In Nazi Germany, the more marginal the social position of the group, the more marginal their position was within the camp, leaving gay men and Jews in a perilous position.

Rico Lebrun, Floor of Buchenwald, 1956 or 1958. Casein, charcoal, and cardboard on Masonite

Artist Rico Lebrun’s drawing Floor of Buchenwald is a semi-abstract depiction of victims of the Holocaust. Buchenwald saw the persecution of many groups, including but not limited to the mentally ill, physically disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma, Sinti, Freemasons, Jews, and homosexuals. At Buchenwald, homosexuals were subject to “experimental operations” in an attempt to “cure” their homosexuality. The majority of these victims did not survive.

Lebrun’s drawing does not specify what types of prisoners are shown here. The anonymity of the subjects speaks to the indetermination of hate. A persecuted life is a tragedy, no matter the context of persecution. All human life is equally precious. Pride Month therefore is not about parades or drink specials. Anyone who has suffered because of who they are, whom they love, or what they believe should celebrate Pride Month. Anyone who has fought for human dignity should celebrate Pride Month. Pride is a call for empathy. Pride celebrates the triumph of humanity.

— Adam Eli, Guest Contributor


Pride, Oppression, and Persecution was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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