Council of American Jewish Museums

Council of American Jewish Museums The Council of American Jewish Museums is an association of institutions and individuals committed to enriching American and Jewish culture and enhancing the value of Jewish museums to their communities.

CAJM is a network of Jewish art and history museums, historic sites, historical and archival societies, Holocaust centers, children's museums, synagogue museums, community centers, and university galleries; the professionals and volunteers who work in them; the patrons who support them; the children, adults and families who visit them .

Mission: The Council of American Jewish Museums is an association of institutions and individuals committed to enriching American and Jewish culture and enhancing the value of Jewish museums to their communities.

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See Dance Magazine's article on DNAWORKS' "Shelter in Place," one of three "Dwelling in a Times of Plagues" pieces that ...
11/02/2020
Amidst Continued Protests in Portland, Adam McKinney’s New Show Explores His Black and Jewish Identities

See Dance Magazine's article on DNAWORKS' "Shelter in Place," one of three "Dwelling in a Times of Plagues" pieces that opened at CAJM member museums last month, with support from CANVAS. Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Asylum Arts Jewish Funders Network
https://www.dancemagazine.com/black-and-jewish-exhibit-2648545751.html?rebelltitem=4&fbclid=IwAR1NUpywPDDJV6cgw-aXNQXaVZ5c-vyrq08vqxuHUu97gVTu43j7L2nfbqo#rebelltitem4

"I am subverting and inverting the idea of the sukkah, laying bare the inside and bringing it outside," says McKinney. "Sukkot is supposed to be z'man simchateinu, the time of our happiness. Shelter in Place is about showing both sides: the joy and the healing, but also the pain, demonstrating both....

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10/12/2020

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Art brings us together even when we’re standing 6ft apart. This year has been unprecedented. As we adjust to living thro...
10/07/2020

Art brings us together even when we’re standing 6ft apart. This year has been unprecedented. As we adjust to living through a pandemic, we’ve had to adjust the ways that we live, work and interact. Isolation makes us feel disconnected, but outdoor art gives us a chance to connect again. During this holiday of Sukkah, we have challenged three artists whose works are being displayed at CAJM member museums in Los Angeles, Portland and Tucson to explore themes of racial justice, immigration, disaster and tradition as a response a world turned upside down. Dwelling in a Time of Plagues will challenge and inspire you – plan your visit today. www.plaguedwelling.com Jewish Funders Network Reboot LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture Asylum Arts New York Magazine Frontrunner Magazine Holocaust Museum L.A. Jewish History Museum Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

In “The Usphizan of the Silver Screen: Honoring the Visions & Voices of the Past,” Los Angeles based video artist, Tiffa...
10/06/2020

In “The Usphizan of the Silver Screen: Honoring the Visions & Voices of the Past,” Los Angeles based video artist, Tiffany Woolf has created a virtual Wall of Remembrance that amplifies visual stories and interviews with senior citizens reflecting on the past. Housed in a sukkah incorporating Bedouin design elements and referencing Jewish global traditions, this art piece honors the past and acts as a bridge to the future. Visit the Holocaust Museum L.A. to view this work, safely outdoors. www.plaguedwelling.com #DwellingArt Holocaust Museum L.A. Silver Screen Studios Los Angeles Times Reboot Jewish Funders Network Los Angeles Magazine

In “Shelter in Place, “ dancer Adam W. McKinney has created an emotional new video-based piece that incorporates “tintyp...
10/06/2020

In “Shelter in Place, “ dancer Adam W. McKinney has created an emotional new video-based piece that incorporates “tintypes” as McKinney portrays Fred Rouse at sites associated with his lynching; a medley of branches that reference a sukkah; and a video projection wherein the artist interprets Rouse’s story through dance at the site of his murder. Visit the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education to view this work, safely from the sidewalk. www.plaguedwellng.com #DwellingArt Jewish Funders Network Asylum Arts Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education DNAWORKS TCU College of Fine Arts Portland Mercury

In “Clamor in the Desert,” acclaimed Argentine based artist, Mirta Kupferminc has assembled a sukkah made from fence mat...
10/06/2020

In “Clamor in the Desert,” acclaimed Argentine based artist, Mirta Kupferminc has assembled a sukkah made from fence materials into a shelter that welcomes exiles, immigrants and refugees that have been displaced from their homes. The carefully chosen color palette represents the three attributes of Sukkot and visitors will be invited to interact with the installation by attaching prints to its walls. Visit the Jewish History Museum in #Tucson to view this work, safely outdoors. www.plaguedwelling.com #Dwelling Art Jewish Funders Network laba_house Jewish History Museum Mirta Kupferminc Arizona Daily Star

Creativity can't be quarantined. Art is always open. The inspiring outdoor art project, Dwelling in a Time of Plagues, i...
10/05/2020

Creativity can't be quarantined. Art is always open. The inspiring outdoor art project, Dwelling in a Time of Plagues, is now open in three cities at three CAJM-member museums. www.plaguedwelling.com Photo by Belinda Fewings via Unsplash Jewish Funders Network Reboot LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture Asylum Arts Holocaust Museum L.A. Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Jewish History Museum Silver Screen Studios DNAWORKS ARTnews @mkupferminc

Read about Adam McKinney's contribution to  plaguedwelling.com https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/sukkot-the-pandemic-and-a-...
10/03/2020
Sukkot, the pandemic and a lynching come together in a Jewish art install

Read about Adam McKinney's contribution to plaguedwelling.com https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/sukkot-the-pandemic-and-a-lynching-come-together-in-a-jewish-art-install-644101?fbclid=IwAR3wqm84P_VWT_rvVvuTWwWSc4u_a_VchMV0Yjw_-4XCHHFusRG2y42_tlw

The last element of the installation, titled “Glorious Clouds,” contains a hologram of McKinney performing a dance inspired by the clouds that God sent to guide the Israelites when they left Egypt.

Adam W. McKinney’s “Shelter in Place” at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Holocaust Education Center, part of "Dwelling in a...
10/03/2020

Adam W. McKinney’s “Shelter in Place” at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Holocaust Education Center, part of "Dwelling in a Time of Plagues" http://plaguedwelling.com Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Tiffany Woolf’s “The Ushpizin of the Silver Screen” at the Holocaust Museum LA, part of "Dwelling in a Time of Plagues" ...
10/03/2020

Tiffany Woolf’s “The Ushpizin of the Silver Screen” at the Holocaust Museum LA, part of "Dwelling in a Time of Plagues" plaguedwelling.com Holocaust Museum L.A.

Mirta Kupferminc’s installation “Clamorings in the Desert” at the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust Center in Tucson w...
10/03/2020

Mirta Kupferminc’s installation “Clamorings in the Desert” at the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust Center in Tucson www.plaguedwelling.com @jewishhistorymuseum

Dwelling in a Time of Plagues is here! Interact and view outdoor artworks at CAJM member museums in Los Angeles, Portlan...
10/02/2020

Dwelling in a Time of Plagues is here! Interact and view outdoor artworks at CAJM member museums in Los Angeles, Portland and Tucson by artists whose works tackle social issues through a Jewish lens. Grab a mask and get inspired by this national project. #DwellingArt www.plaguedwelling.com Jewish Funders Network Reboot LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture Asylum Arts Holocaust Museum L.A. Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Jewish History Museum DNAWORKS Silver Screen Studios Mirta Kupferminc The New York Times

Dwell With Us
10/02/2020
Dwell With Us

Dwell With Us

Dear Colleagues, CAJM is delighted to announce that Dwelling in a Time of Plagues – a constellation of outdoor art installations – is now open at three CAJM-member museums in time for Sukkot. Origina

Join us tomorrow for the launch of the national project Dwelling in a Time of Plagues, a thrilling response to pandemic ...
10/01/2020

Join us tomorrow for the launch of the national project Dwelling in a Time of Plagues, a thrilling response to pandemic realities that makes new art in time for Sukkot. Come see the outdoor installations at three CAJM member museums in Los Angeles, New York, Portland and Tuscon. www.plaguedwelling.com Jewish Funders Network Reboot laba_house Asylum Arts Holocaust Museum L.A. Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Jewish History Museum Mirta Kupferminc DNAWORKS Silver Screen Studios Contemporary Art Curator NY Arts Magazine

Just two more days until the work is complete and new art is unveiled on the streets of Los Angeles, Portland and Tuscon...
09/30/2020

Just two more days until the work is complete and new art is unveiled on the streets of Los Angeles, Portland and Tuscon at three CAJM member museums. www.plaguedwelling.com Jewish Funders Network Reboot laba_house Asylum Arts Holocaust Museum L.A. Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Jewish History Museum Mirta Kupferminc DNA Artworks Silver Screen Studios New York Magazine Frontrunner Magazine

09/29/2020
www.plaguedwelling.com

Beginning Oct 2nd, experience a constellation of outdoor art installations at Jewish museum sites around the United States. Visit safely in-person or online at www.plaguedwelling.com. Jewish Funders Network Reboot laba_house Asylum Arts Holocaust Museum L.A. Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Jewish History Museum Silver Screen Studios The New York Times DNAWORKS ARTnews Mirta Kupferminc

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09/25/2020

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09/25/2020

Dwelling in a Time of Plagues is a celebration of life, art and community during a pandemic year that has upended our daily lives, routines and interactions.

Opening for Sukkot, three artists in three cities have created works that will challenge, inspire and spark conversation about modern Judaism, social justice, physical boundaries and our sense of belonging.

Three CAJM member museums, the Holocaust Museum LA, the Jewish History Museum in Tucson, and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education are all participating. Visit them in LA, Tucson, and Portland where these works can be viewed, safely outdoors beginning Oct 2.

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CAJM offers an annual conference, cooperative programs, a website, publications, and direct access to professional development opportunities - job openings, as well as new funding initiatives, challenging ethical and legal issues, and exemplary professional practices in Jewish museums. The organization has approximately 80 institutional (Jewish museum) members and dozens of individual members.

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Thought folks on here might be interested in this free event from Jewish Museum of Maryland and Jewish Museum Milwaukee about the making of exhibits! https://www.facebook.com/events/703405167118453/
DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A HIDDEN SHOAH STORY It’s an honor for me to be at the forefront of a story tradition that belongs uniquely to children of Holocaust survivors. Thank you for inviting me to share this with you: The Presence of Their Absence follows a son of survivors on a journey to trace his inherited trauma. Armed with only scant clues from his late parents, Fred Zaidman ventures into the unknown to tell his story for this first time. With helpers in Poland, Israel, Germany, and an unlikely source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta - Fred finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah. Yad Vashem has called The Presence of Their Absence “a film for the ages”. We are delighted it has just come to Digital HD on iTunes and your other platforms: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-presence-of-their-absence/id1449946652 https://www.amazon.com/Presence-Their-Absence-Fred-Zaidman/dp/B07P1C57FL. You may also access a DVD on our website: https://thepresenceoftheirabsence.com/ I hope you will view the film, send your thoughts, and share your personal stories on our website contact page. With gratitude, Donna Kanter and team
Thank you, Alana Cooper, for this terrific article about the CAJM Conference 2019 in Los Angeles, and the important work of CAJM and our members.
Hi group. Hope its ok to share here.. VR Erfurt Ring is one genocide story being created at Better World Museum. The Erfurt Treasure's wedding ring offers an opportunity to examine social violence from a feminine perspective. This is a work in progress and any advice or thoughts are appreciated. Thank you
A noose was found Wednesday in a public gallery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. As disturbing an hateful attacks targeted at specific communities continue across the nation, it is more important than ever for cultural and identity museums to not only condemn these acts, but to also work together to bridge cultural divides and remain a safe and open space that educates visitors of all backgrounds.
A noose was found Wednesday in a public gallery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. As disturbing an hateful attacks targeted at specific communities continue across the nation, it is more important than ever for cultural and identity museums to not only condemn these acts, but to also work together to bridge cultural divides and remain a safe and open space that educates visitors of all backgrounds.