The Press Room

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


First Museum Exhibition Focused on Acclaimed Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi Opens in March 2016

Release Date: November 18, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present the first museum exhibition focused on Isaac Mizrahi, the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. On view from March 18 to August 7, 2016, this survey exhibition explores Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture.  While best known for his clothing design, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a three decade career, moving beyond fashion to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Beginning with his first collection in 1987 and running through the present day, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of Mizrahi's prolific output, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.

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The Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can Announce Second Year of Partnership for 2015-2016 Season

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum are pleased to announce the second year of their partnership with the 2015-2016 season, producing dynamic musical performances inspired by the Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions. The series will include five programs throughout the year, primarily in the Jewish Museum’s Scheuer Auditorium (Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street). The season kicks off with a free, outdoor performance by DJ Spooky at the Museum Mile Festival on June 9 and continues on July 9 with a concert by innovative violinist-composer Todd Reynolds in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Repetition and Difference, which explores artistic repetition and serialization. Other concerts throughout the season will include The Power Of Pictures featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars bassist Robert Black with the Hartt Bass Band and Friends (November 5), Unorthodox featuring the Mivos Quartet (February 4), and Brazil Gardens and Beyond (May, TBA).

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Five Museums Join Forces To Offer Special All-Access Pass for the Month of May

Release Date: May 4, 2015

This spring, mid-century culture can be found in museums across New York City in exhibitions focused on art, design, advertising, television, and popular culture from the 1950s and '60s. This nostalgia for mid-century culture has captivated the public interest through television shows like Mad Men and a recent resurgence of design from the era. In celebration, five museums are partnering on Mid-Century May NYC, offering a special culture pass for the month of May. Priced at only $30, the ticket grants month-long access to all five participating museums - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, The Jewish Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of the City of New York, and Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

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Purim Ball 2015
To Honor Laurie Simmons
At Park Avenue Armory
February 25, 2015

Release Date: February 17, 2015

Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum, announced today that the Museum’s highly anticipated annual gala will be a festive masked ball at Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, February 25, 2015. The evening of celebration and dancing will honor artist/photographer/filmmaker Laurie Simmons for her outstanding artistic achievements and in anticipation of her upcoming exhibition at the Museum, and Eugene and Emily Grant will be receiving the Mayer Sulzberger Award for their lifelong commitment to art, culture and education in the context of the Jewish experience.

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20th Annual Family Hanukkah Party
to Benefit the Jewish Museum
on Wednesday, December 17

Release Date: December 2, 2014

On Wednesday evening, December 17, 2014, the Jewish Museum will host its 20th annual Family Hanukkah Party fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This special event, which benefits the Jewish Museum, will feature celebratory holiday activities for adults, and children ages 2 through tweens.  The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan.

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The Jewish Museum and
Russ & Daughters Announce
New Partnership to Open Dining
and Retail Location in Early 2015

Release Date: September 9, 2014

The Jewish Museum is partnering with Russ & Daughters, famed 100 year old New York City appetizing shop and restaurant purveyors of the highest quality smoked fish, caviar, and specialty foods, to launch an additional dining and retail location in the Museum, set to open in early 2015. Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum will be a 75-seat, sit-down kosher café and take-out retail counter in the Museum’s lower level. The space is currently undergoing a renovation led by Solomonoff Architecture Studio, blending the design of the iconic Russ & Daughters shop with the Museum’s historic building. The museum’s café is closed for renovation through the opening in early 2015.

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The Jewish Museum Launches New Website
Designed by Sagmeister & Walsh

Release Date: July 31, 2014

The Jewish Museum has launched a completely new website designed by Sagmeister & Walsh, the New York City design firm led by Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh, which also designed the Museum's new graphic identity. Available at, the website features a responsive design that gives users access to all site content across any device or screen size. It also offers richer content on the Museum and its collection, significantly increasing opportunities for online engagement.

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New Trustees Join the Jewish Museum's Board

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Robert Pruzan, the Jewish Museum's Chairman, announced the appointment of René-Pierre Azria to the Board of Trustees at the June 9 annual meeting of the Board.  In addition to Mr. Azria, five leaders from the cultural and Jewish communities have joined the Board since Claudia Gould became the Jewish Museum's Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director in November 2011. They include: Margaret "Meg" Goodman, Audrey Wilf, Jane Wilf, Wendy Fisher, and David L. Resnick.

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Mission Statement

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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Selected Staff Bios

  • Claudia Gould
    Claudia Gould
    Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
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  • Ruth K. Beesch
    Ruth K. Beesch
    Deputy Director, Program Administration
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  • Jens Hoffmann
    Jens Hoffmann
    Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs
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  • Joseph Rorech
    Joseph Rorech
    Deputy Director, Finance and Administration
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  • Ellen Salpeter
    Ellen Salpeter
    Deputy Director, External Affairs
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  • Maurice Berger
    Maurice Berger
    Curator, National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting
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  • Susan L. Braunstein
    Susan L. Braunstein
    Henry J. Leir Curator
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  • Susan Tumarkin Goodman
    Susan Tumarkin Goodman
    Senior Curator Emerita
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  • Norman L. Kleeblatt
    Norman L. Kleeblatt
    Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator
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  • Mason Klein
    Mason Klein
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  • Claudia Nahson
    Claudia Nahson
    Morris and Eva Feld Curator
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Photography and Filming Policy

Members of the media may photograph or film within approved areas of the Jewish Museum for the purpose of news coverage. Photo and video shoots must be approved by the Communications Department and arranged at least 48 hours in advance. All organized photo or film shoots inside the Museum require an escort by a member of the Communications staff. Please contact us for more information or to discuss scheduling a shoot.

Contact Us

Press requests for information, images, interview opportunities, and photo/video shoot appointments can be directed to the Communications Department:

  • Anne Scher

    Director of Communications

    Molly Kurzius

    Senior Publicist

    Alex Wittenberg

    Communications Coordinator

  • Contact Information:

    212.423.3271 212.423.3232
  • Mailing Address:

    Communications Department
    The Jewish Museum
    1109 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10128