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Press Releases

Family

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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Family

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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Family

The Pop Ups
Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, March 8

Release Date: February 13, 2015

The kids’ indie rock duo The Pop Ups will perform a concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, March 8 at 11:30am. Not content to stand still onstage playing their guitars, The Pop Ups perform using cardboard props, hand-painted sets, and a colorful cast of original puppets, crafting a world of magic that engages, educates and delights all ages. The concert will feature songs from Appetite for Construction, nominated for the 2015 Grammy for Best Children’s Album.

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Family

Vered and the Babes
Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, February 22

Release Date: February 6, 2015

Vered and the Babes will star in a hip concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, February 22 at 11:30am. The band, featuring Vered Ronen with Rob Jost and Matt Hilgenberg, will perform funny, poignant, and upbeat melodies, reminiscent of doo-wop, from their hit album Good Morning My Love, praised by the Parents’ Choice Foundation as having “warmth enough to melt the polar ice cap.”  Vered plays a variety of instruments, ranging from French horn and trumpet to pots and pans, and will have kids and parents alike jumping and singing along. The concert program includes songs geared to helping new parents bond with their babies as well as tunes for children up to age 7

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Family

Two Shows!
David Weinstone and Music for Aardvarks
Perform Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum
Sunday, February 8

Release Date: January 23, 2015

David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band will perform two concerts for kids at The Jewish Museum on Sunday, February 8 at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. Families will hear favorite songs celebrating being a kid in New York City such as City Kid, Taxi, Jack Hammer Joe and Modern Art. David Weinstone, founder of Music for Aardvarks, explains, "our shows are rockin', and we try to have as much audience participation as possible. We've even had kids come up on stage with us to sing or dance."

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Family

Two Concerts!
Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo
Performs Family Concerts
at the Jewish Museum
Thursday, December 25

Release Date: December 9, 2014

The Jewish Museum will present Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo in two special concerts for families on Thursday, December 25 at 11:30 am and 2 pm.  Oran Etkin’s whimsical concert for families blends global melodies and rhythms, from the music of Africa to klezmer and jazz.  Etkin’s interactive performance effortlessly conveys sophisticated concepts in a fun musical language that kids of all ages can understand.

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Family

Hot Peas ‘N Butter Perform Family Concert
at the Jewish Museum Sunday, December 21

Release Date: November 18, 2014

Families can shake to the multicultural music and contagious rhythms of the five-member band Hot Peas ‘N Butter at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, December 21 at 11:30 am. Seen on Nickelodeon and Noggin and led by Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto, the band’s mix of everything from Puerto Rican folk and American blues to klezmer and world beats will get everyone dancing. 

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Family

Fun-Filled Hanukkah Family Day
at The Jewish Museum
Sunday, December 14

Release Date: November 18, 2014

The Jewish Museum will present its annual Hanukkah Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, December 14 from 12 noon to 4 pm.  Kids can construct a sculptural Hanukkah menorah 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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The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Using art and artifacts that embody the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient to present times, throughout the world, the Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. As a vital cultural resource for New York residents and visitors of all ages, the Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.

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    Claudia Gould
    Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
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    Jens Hoffmann
    Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs
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    Ruth K. Beesch
    Deputy Director, Program Administration
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    Susan L. Braunstein
    Henry J. Leir Curator
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    Susan Tumarkin Goodman
    Senior Curator Emerita
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    Norman L. Kleeblatt
    Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator
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    Mason Klein
    Curator
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    Claudia Nahson
    Morris and Eva Feld Curator
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