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Welcome to the Jewish Museum’s online Press Room, designed for use by the working press. Members of the media may view and download information on current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, access the press release archive, and request high-resolution images for publication. We look forward to working with you and thank you for your interest in the Jewish Museum.

Press Releases


Kids’ Rock Concert for Families with Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights at the Jewish Museum Sunday, December 20

Release Date: November 18, 2015

Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights will perform a kids’ rock concert at The Jewish Museum on Sunday, December 20 at 2pm.  The Brooklyn-based kindie rocker Joanie Leeds and her band bring families to their feet with interactive, high energy performances incorporating a unique and playful sound ranging from pop-rock to gospel to country.  They will perform hits from her latest releases, Good Egg and Meshugana.

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Fun-Filled Hanukkah Family Day At the Jewish Museum Sunday, December 6

Release Date: November 18, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present its annual Hanukkah Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, December 6 from Noon to 4 pm.  A special highlight of the day will be a book signing with actress Amanda Peet and co-author Andrea Toyer, who will read from their new Hanukkah-themed children’s book, Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein. In addition, kids can construct sculptural Hanukkah menorahs with funky found objects, dance to the music of ShirLaLa, see the Hanukkah story brought to life through a drawing performance with Jeff Hopkins, and explore the Museum’s world-famous collection of Hanukkah lamps.

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Fun-Filled The Power of Pictures Family Day at the Jewish Museum Sunday, November 15

Release Date: October 21, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present The Power of Pictures Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, November 15 from 12 noon to 4pm.  Children can design vibrant posters at a drop-in art workshop; create a surreal family portrait; rock out in Russian and English with the band Lyagushki; and explore the power of the camera to capture the world around us through gallery tours of the exhibition The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film.

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Ralph’s World - Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, November 8

Release Date: October 12, 2015

Ralph’s World will perform a concert for families on Sunday, November 8 at 11:30 am at the Jewish Museum.   Ralph’s World is the musical planet where kids rock out to high-energy tunes by Ralph Covert, the Grammy-nominated, Chicago-based indie rocker. Covert and his bandmates Tommy O'Brien, Brian Sheridan, and Bean Weng bring to their kids’ concerts the same high-energy and super-melodic sense that he developed for his adult pop-rock band, The Bad Examples.

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Two Shows!
The FunkeyMonkeys Perform Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 25

Release Date: October 9, 2015

The FunkeyMonkeys return to the Jewish Museum with two concerts for families on Sunday, October 25 at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.   Described as “Seinfeld meets the Wiggles,” this uniquely hip eight-member band incorporates funny sketches and improvised bits, along with their special brand of funky kid's music, ranging from driving afrobeat to ethereal ballads.  The performance will feature tunes from their albums MustacheTastes Like Chicken, Sing Dance Underpants, and Jewish FunkeyMonkeys.

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Kindie Rock Concert for Families with Alison Faith Levy at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 11

Release Date: September 25, 2015

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2015 family concert series with a performance by San Francisco-based kindie rocker Alison Faith Levy on Sunday, October 11 at 11:30am.  Levy - formerly “Sippy Alison” of the beloved kids’ psychedelic band The Sippy Cups -  and her Big|Brave Time Tot Rock Band make their New York debut at the Museum, and will perform whimsical ’60s-style tunes from her albums, The Start of Things and World of Wonder, in a high energy, interactive show for the entire family.

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Fall 2015 Season of Lively Family Programs Begins at the Jewish Museum in September

Release Date: August 13, 2015

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2015 season of family programs in September with a lively array of concerts, art workshops, and more.  The fall line-up includes Sunday concerts by Alison Faith Levy on October 11, The FunkeyMonkeys on October 25, Ralph’s World on November 8, Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights on December 20, and Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo on December 25.  Also on the schedule are: Family Days on November 15 and December 6; holiday and vacation week drop-in art workshops October 1 and 2 and December 27, 28, 29 & 31; and family art activities every Sunday starting September 13.

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Whimsical Puppetry Wonders Art Workshop for Families at the Jewish Museum Sunday, June 14

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Whimsical Puppetry Wonders, a drop-in art workshop for families, will take place on Sunday, June 14 from 1pm to 4pm at The Jewish Museum.  Kids can design puppet characters inspired by classic tales of the Yiddish theater, combining tradition with imagination. Participants will use found objects, modeling clay, paint, colorful fabrics, and wire to sculpt these unique puppets. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to bring the characters to life on a mini-stage! The workshop is co-presented with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene as a part of KulturefestNYC.

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Fun-Filled Revolution of the Eye Family Day at The Jewish Museum Sunday, May 17

Release Date: April 23, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present Revolution of the Eye Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, May 17 from 12 noon to 4pm.  Kids can enjoy animated live music with Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold; design wearable art inspired by Andy Warhol; illustrate superhero characters; act out scenes in a television photo booth; and discover classic television shows such as the first interactive children’s program, Winky Dink and You, and the 1960s Batman series in the exhibition, Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.

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Folk Rock Concert for Families with Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower at the Jewish Museum Sunday, May 3

Release Date: April 16, 2015

Two-time Grammy nominee Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower will perform a folk rock concert for families on Sunday, May 3 at 11:30am at The Jewish Museum.  Mitchell, a singer and guitarist known for reinterpreting classic folk songs for children and their parents, will be joined by her thirteen-year-old daughter Storey, her husband Daniel Little, and special guests Simi Stone and The M Shanghai Stringband. Concert attendees can enjoy cherished folk classics such as You Are My Sunshine and Peace Like a River, as well as soulful originals from Mitchell’s most recent album, Turn Turn Turn, her collaboration with Dan Zanes.

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Brady Rymer
Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, April 19

Release Date: March 30, 2015

Singer/guitarist Brady Rymer will perform a concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, April 19 at 11:30am. Just in time for Earth Day, Rymer and the Little Band That Could will celebrate spring with catchy rhythms and soulful rock in a show featuring songs from their Grammy-nominated 2014 album, Just Say Hi! such as “Ice Cream Girl” and “Gettin' My Ya Ya's Out.”

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    Claudia Gould
    Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
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    Maurice Berger
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    Susan L. Braunstein
    Henry J. Leir Curator
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    Susan Tumarkin Goodman
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